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Burning Embers

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  79 reviews
An unforgettable passion ignited in the heart of Africa. A fragile love tormented by secrets and betrayal.

Coral Sinclair, a beautiful but naïve young photographer, learns within days of calling off her wedding that she has also lost her father. Leaving her life in England, she sails to Kenya to take up her inheritance – Mpingo, the plantation that was her childhood home.
Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published December 23rd 2014 by London Wall (first published April 1st 2012)
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An enchanting and captivating romance novel.

Carol's marriage has been just called off because of her cheating boyfriend. She is yet to dwell in the misery and grief of such sudden predicament but a call changes her life. This call was to inform her that she has inherited a large property in Kenya, the place where she had spent her childhood. She starts her journey to Kenya and what she finds out in that land, is equally thrilling and surprising.

This is a kind of book that I wanted to
Christina ~ Brunette Reader

2,5 Stars

An enjoyable, if unexceptional, romance set against the backdrop of 1970s Kenya.
The atmosphere was nicely rendered, and some descriptions were evocative and colourful, though in several parts the dialogues and the narration felt listless. I also found the characterisations of the leading couple not particularly engaging: the heroine often read as immature and inconsistent while the portrayal of the hero’s “darkness” sounded often just token and the resulting supposed chemistry betwe
In Kenya you've got the great birds and monkeys leaping through the trees overhead. It's a chance to remember what the world is really like.
----Joanna Lumley, an English actress, voice-over artist, former model and author

Hannah Fielding, a French writer, enchanted my mind and heart, with her debut novel, Burning Embers which is set across the lush green and golden landscape of Kenya.

Coral Sinclair is a beautiful but naive twenty-five-year-old photographer who has just lost her fat
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
Burning Embers is a story full of love, loss, jealousy, heartbreak, and angst. It is beautifully written and the emotion leaps right off the page. The descriptions of Kenya and traditions carried on by the people native to this country are truly beautiful that you almost feel you’re there.
Yelena Bosh
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This love story just makes me want to crawl into the Burning Embers world, find Rafe and never look back.. But let's be real..

So beautiful, sad, heartbreaking but overall, an amazing journey of what it feels like to finally fall in love. And I mean, the heart-wrenching and strongly surreal kind!!

I cannot get over how Hannah Fielding once again managed to craft 2 souls of characters that seem to have evaded my mind since I am leaning towards my bookshelf wanting to read it again.. Must resi
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book a great read. It captures the reader’s attention from the beginning, weaving the story in such a manner that it is easy to slip right into the plot.

Something that I really enjoyed and appreciated, since I know how difficult it is to get right, was the believable relationship Fielding created between Coral and Rafe. It’s so easy to overdo the romance in these kinds of books, that I breathed with relief when I saw that this author knew just how to write it believably. The settin
Jan Moran
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoy contemporary and historical fiction
Burning Embers is an evocative story, full of lush imagery, fascinating characters, and exotic locales. Hannah Fielding's use of the English language is inspiring, her descriptions of Kenya are utterly mesmerizing, and could only have been written by one knows the subject first hand, which the author does. Her writing is vivid, compelling, magical.

The story of Coral Sinclair and Rafe de Montfort is not the usual romantic tale. It's an upmarket saga, full of mystery, twists, and turns as Coral s
Elsa White
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a giveaway competition - very exciting as I'm so new on Goodreads. The cover and the blurb suggested passion and intrigue, and it didn't disappoint. I found myself lost in the story, and ended up staying up late to finish it. I was pleasantly surprised by the writing style - more poetic than most contemporary romance I read. Looking at the author's website, I see she was brought up speaking French, and I think something of that comes through in how she writes. My favourite asp ...more
Angela Stokes
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burning Embers, the debut novel by Hannah Fielding, is a contemporary historical romance set in the world of the privileged classes of 1970s’ Africa. The story is centred on the return of Coral, the book’s main character, a young girl returning to Africa after many years to reclaim her inheritance. The plot essentially follows her first year in Africa as she matures emotionally and falls in love with a handsome but complicated older man, Rafe, her neighbour, who is not at all what he first seems ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hannah Fielding's first book Burning Embers takes you on an unforgettable journey to Africa in the 1970's. Her vivid descriptions of Africa and beautiful love story will take you away. The story is about a very immature and sheltered young woman, Coral Sinclair, who returns to Africa following her father's death. there she meets Rafe de Monfort, a mysterious neighbor to whom she is attracted. They are drawn to each other but Rafe must face his demons and Coral must mature. The descriptions in th ...more
In the opening pages of this book the romantic aspect is set, two people meet, the tall, dark and lean stranger asks Carol Sinclair “Are you cold?” The attraction between them is immediate and emotional; yet even before the chapter is concluded the author evokes in us a sense of mystery and intrigue.

The initial background chapters are perhaps a little too long before the real story of guilt, desire, jealousy and love develop; however the descriptions of people, places and the scenery make up for
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! Truly worth 5 stars.

I love Africa and have always been interested in the country. This is author makes you believe that you are there in every way. I would read this before I went to sleep at night and would dream about being there , her description was that Good.

The two main characters are in love with each other but they must endure many hardships in order to keep that love strong. The story isn't some typical mushy romance book. It's very intriguing, and keep you wanting t
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coral Sinclair has returned to her first love, her first home, Kenya after the man she planned to marry cheated on her and after she learned of her estranged father's death. All of her years in England with her mother and stepfather had not thwarted her desire to return to her beloved Kenya. Upon arrival, she realizes that although her memories of Kenya had not changed, Kenya had and so had her beloved African home, Mpingo. Her thoughts of the past were only pushed aside by the thoughts that now ...more
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Amber Rose
2.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this story for an honest review for Amber's Reading Room.

When her father dies leaving her Mpingo, a lush estate in Kenya, twenty-five year old Coral Sinclair sets sail from England hoping to use the opportunity to recover from a humiliating heartbreak and re-establish herself in a country she has not stepped foot in for almost two decades.

On her journey abroad, Coral encounters the enigmatic Rafe de Monfort, a man who gives her comfort in a moment of weakne
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, first-reads
After his father's death, Coral Sinclair returns to Kenya to claim her inheritance. She has fond memories of Mpingo, the place where she lived as a child. But now, her return is bound to show her something different. When she meets the mysterious Raphael de Monfort, both of them feel a burning attraction… and something stronger between them. But Rafe is a known womanizer and a man with a past. And Coral is young and innocent… and slightly immature. Can the feelings between them burn true and sur ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"Burning Embers" tells the tale of Coral who returns to Kenya and to the beloved house where she grows up after she inherits the house after her father's death and only after her engagement totally falls apart. On her journey to Kenya, she meets a stranger who she is attracted to immediately (oh, insta-love). Once she gets to Kenya, she realizes that Rafe, the stranger she met on the boat, knows her step-mother and there might be something more to why he seems to be very interested in Coral and ...more
Rob. C.
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Shelves: owned-books
I was given the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

First off, I want to point out that Burning Embers is a good book and very well written, so the reason for my 3-star rating has nothing to do with the story or with writing/editing issues.
The author has a way to describe places and settings that make you feel you're actually there and seeing it all. Having never been to Africa, I could easily imagine the landscapes and atmosphere the author described. I also liked the plot, a be
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Burning Embers" is a book that I have won through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I am glad to have been a recipient of this book as it was, indeed, a very good read.

It is set in 1970 and is a comtemporary historical romance between Coral Sinclair and the "notorious" Rafe de Montfort. Coral has come back to Kenya to take ownership of the plantation, Mpingo, that was left to her after her father's demise. This plantation was her childhood home and she had left it when her mother and father p
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting book, a historical, "vintage" romance set in 70's Kenya. Having read quite a few novels lately that can be categorized in one way or another as "romance", Burning Embers stood out. I think what I liked about it was the same thing I liked about Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress ( the history and culture of a time and place I know very little about.

I liked hearing a bit about the changes in Kenya in the 1970s, the cultural
Susan Gorman
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hannah Fielding's descriptive writing in Burning Embers drew me in. I felt that I was transported to 1970's Kenya, that I could smell the flowers in the Whispering Pines gardens, hear the bird song at Mpingo and watch the two main charcters Rafe and Coral fall in love.

Twenty-five year old Coral Sinclair travels to Kenya to visit her childhood home after her Father's death. Coral has broken off her engagement and needs time to heal. She meets a mysterious man while travelling to Africa. She is dr
Jan Romes
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done, Hannah Fielding! What an incredible story :-)) You drew me in straight away with the setup on the ship! The adventure of Coral and Rafe started there and progressed to Kenya. Amazing setting descriptions that can only come from a true appreciation of that country. I loved your characters. They were easy to relate to yet they came in layers. And the only way I could discover the next layer was to keep reading. I felt the sizzle between Coral and Rafe early on and watched it grow into l ...more
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is enchanting from the moment you begin reading it. I am not a regular reader of romantic fiction but I was swept away by the charm and quality of the writing. The style has a nostalgic innocence which is so rare in modern novels and some of the descriptions, particularly of the African wilderness, are breath-taking.

The two key characters, Coral and Rafe, are both captivating and attractive without becoming stereotypes, and the story of their love is believable as well as romantic. The
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
If you are looking for a romance that feels realistic and is set in a land of untamed beauty, well let me tell you about Burning Embers.

Burning Embers is a beautifully written contemporary historical romance set during the 1970’s in Africa. The story is about Coral who is returning to Africa after her father dies. She meets a stepmother she didn't know she had as well as a very handsome but very worldly French neighbor.

Almost everyone Coral meets warns her away from becoming involved with Rafe a
Wendy Jones
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is essentailly a romance but with an undercurrent of tension and mystery running through it. With believable characters and descriptions that carry you away to Kenya, this is definitely a book to read. I would say the romance id far greater than the mystery so if you are looking for a murder mystery I have writtne many reviews on books you may like. If you are looking for a romance which has so much more then look no further. This is the book to read. Fileding ahs a good writing style ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the imagery in this book. I felt transported to a time and place I would never otherwise have been able to travel. This was much more than just a romance, although a love story was front and center (and sometimes quite steamy). Following Coral as she meets and falls in love with Rafe was enjoyable even when you could see obstacles up ahead. At times I lost my love for the characters, as they became a little less than believable. I do however go back to the very best part of this ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Hannah Fielding has created an amazing world with her words. I fell in love with her work after reading The Echos of Love and she did not disappoint with Burning Embers. As I read, I felt as if I had been transported to Kenya seeing all the beautiful scenery as the characters were experiencing it. I found myself quickly captivated by the story and the characters. If you love romance novels, then Burning Embers is a book for you.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say I absolutely loved this book.It took me on a journey to Africa, that I did not want to come back from. With characters whom I enjoyed with relish, they were a pleasure to be around.The writing style was beautiful and such a delight to experience. It held me captivated to the very end.I am so lucky that I won this book in a giveaway competition for goodreads
Christy English
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sweet romantic story brought Kenya to life for me. I really enjoyed it :)
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written,romantic story.
Great characters set against exotic landscapes.All the right ingredients for very engaging story.
Thank you for writing it ♥
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
I'll post a review this weekend... but wanted to post that I really enjoyed this story. ...more
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“Gradually the mist had lifted, and the sun burst forth, a ball of fire radiating the sky with unnaturally incandescent hues. Coral was reminded of the strident brushwork and wild colours of the Fauvist paintings that filled her mother's gallery, which Coral had always loved. The scene was now set for the show to begin: the drama in which the broad, breath-taking landscapes of Africa were the stage and the animals the actors.” 4 likes
“Coral, my love, you are too pure, too innocent, too alive for me,”
he said slowly, almost carefully. “My world is like a drawing in black
and white on a gray canvas, without a single note of color to bring it
to life. And now, on this pale and melancholic picture, a red flower
has fallen, a warm and scented flower.” He sighed. “It’s a wonderful
contrast, but too vivid…”
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