Aphrodite’s Tears Reviewed By Bani Sodermark of
Bani Sodermark

Reviewer Bani Sodermark. Bani has a Ph.D in mathematical physics and has been a teacher of physics and mathematics at the university level in both India and Sweden. For the last decade, her interests have been spirituality, healthy living and self-development. She has written a number of reviews on Amazon. Bani is a mother to two children.

By Bani Sodermark
Published on April 24, 2018

Author: Hannah Fielding

Publisher: London Wall Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9955667-6-7

Author: Hannah Fielding

Publisher: London Wall Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9955667-6-7

                              Welcome to a World of Romance

So here we have another romantic tour de force by Hannah Fielding. This one is set in modern Greece. Both the protagonists, Damian and Oriel are archaeologists by profession.

The  storyline is Hannah Fielding’s favourite. The heroine is a beautiful, slim professional, who has, six years earlier, been dumped by her fiance, while on vacation in Greece. She finds comfort in a one-night stand with a Greek man, Damian, whom she has never met before and for whom she feels an inexplicable attraction, an attraction that she has never had before for another man, an attraction that defies rational explanation.

Six years down the line, Oriel applies for a job at an archaeological site in Greece. She gets the job. To her great surprise, her employer turns out to be Damian. Their sexual chemistry is intact and reasserts itself. But Damian has earned a reputation of being a womanizer and his enormous family estate, with a large number of family retainers,is accursed, the negativity being personified by his cousin Helena and a few others. Damian’s ex fiance, Yolanda and her brother, Yorgos, play negative roles, thus serving as obstructions to the free flow of the undying love, that is presumed to unite Damian and Oriel in a match among matches.

Because an undying cord of love binds some people from birth and a mysterious force exists to ensure that nothing, not time, distance, nor anyone can keep them from finding each other and uniting.”

Also typical amongst Hannah Fielding’s books is that the main female protagonist is a virgin before she has had sex with her destined husband-to-be, either before or after marriage. That is supposedly why they have excellent sex, and the sex scenes are very steamy and very detailed. The obvious interpretation is that the union of the protagonists was truly meant to be.

The above restriction does not hold for the male protagonists.

Apart from the above, Hannah Fielding’s main female protagonists are very professional       and can hold their own in any interaction with men. This ingredient of professional female independence, adds spice to the narrative.

The above facets common to Hannah’s novels hold also for this one. Oriel and Damian come together because of sex, but after a while, they can also interact as equals on the professional plane, while keeping their sexual chemistry on hold.

Despite the formula plot, Hannah’s novels are much, much more. Her descriptions of the Grecian islands, the sunrises and sunsets on the sea, the winds, the waves and other backdrops of nature makes the place come alive for the reader. Her formidable understanding  of Grecian culture, island ceremonies, festivals and of course, the food, made me long to visit and experience nature’s bounty in that region. Hanna’s understanding of archaeological procedures and other antique artefacts is also self-evident. As in all of Hannah Fielding’s books, her research is exemplary

All in all, this book is extremely well written, the formula plot notwithstanding. The action takes place very fast, despite the length of the book  (600 pages), it is confined to a couple of weeks at the most. The conversations between the protagonists are less formal and more at ease than in her earlier books. If I must point out something negative, it is the very explicit sex scenes, of which, I personally feel there are a few too many.

I recommend this book very warmly.