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Historical Fiction | An Echo of Scandal | Laura Madeleine

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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts for An Echo of Scandal by Laura Madeleine on tour today.


In the dead of night, with blood on her hands, she made her escape. 

Accused of murder, Alejandra flees her home, escaping to the southern edge of Spain, where she faces a life of poverty and destitution. 

Seduced by the power of the rich and the anonymity that waits across the water in Tangier, Ale makes a bid for a new start. But it will come at a cost: a life of deception. Because Ale’s new friends want to know what she is running from, they want to know who she is and whether they can trust her.

Fifty years later, a young American writer wanders the streets of Tangier, searching for inspiration. When he stumbles across a trace of Ale’s life, he finds himself tangled in a story of scandal, love and danger that has not yet reached its end.

Book cover An Echo of Scandal by Laura Madeleine

An Echo of Scandal by Laura Madeleine is published by Black Swan and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.

Review

Alejandra Esposito working as a young kitchen porter in a brothel, finds herself fleeing Spain and disguising as a man. Heading for Tangiers to start a new life, she has many obstacles in her way. I loved her character as she is strong, determined and extremely brave.

Fifty years later, Sam, a penniless American writer, who is desperate to stay in Tangiers, is determined to find his story. Discovering a case with the initials A.L he starts an investigation to discover its secrets.

Each chapter is split alternatively from Ale and Sam and as both have intriguing stories, it is a book I found hard to put down.

The characters and setting were both wonderfully described and with suspense, it was perfect!

An Echo of Scandal is an exciting read with wonderful descriptions of both timelines in Tangiers. I fell in love with this beautifully written historical fiction.

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After a childhood spent acting professionally and training at a theatre school, Laura Madeleine changed her mind, and went to study English Literature at Newnham College, Cambridge.

She now writes fiction, as well as recipes, and was formerly the resident cake baker for Domestic Sluttery. She lives in Bristol, but can often be found visiting her family in Devon, eating cheese and getting up to mischief with her sister, fantasy author Lucy Hounsom.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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