One of my all time favorites. The twists and turns in this book are totaly aswome!
I have re-read this book many times. It is a definate keeper! It has every thing a good book should have murder, revenge, lies, and above all -A LOVE FOR ALL TIME!
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I think it's the most romantic, too. The character Christopher has stayed in my heart since 1983. That's how good this book is. I recommend it to anybody. It's a beautiful love story. I heard the writer, Kathleen Woodiwiss, has passed away. That's so sad. She was one of the best romance book writers of all time.
A Heart Tormented-Erienne's father had given her hand to the richest suitor. She was now Lady Saxton, mistress to a great manor all but ruined by fire, wife to a man whose mysteriously shrouded form aroused fear and pity. Yet even as she fell in love with her adoring husband, Erienne despaired of freeing her heart from the dashingly handsome Yankee who couldn't forget her. The beautiful Erienne, once filled with young dreams of romance, was now a wife and woman...torn between the two men she loved.
A Rose in Winter is a version of Beauty and the Beast. Erienne is forced into marriage due to her father's gambling debts. The man he owes the money to is Christopher Seton who has fallen for Erienne. Erienne's father will not allow the courtship and ends up "selling" her to the highest bidder. Christopher is banned from the bidding but places bids under his titled name of Lord Saxton. Lord Saxton is said to have been burned in a fire that destroyed his family home. Whenever he appears in public it is with a leather mask, cloak, a limp and leather gloves. Erienne eventually falls for him but still has feelings for Christopher.
This novel was one of Woodiwiss' best! I enjoyed all of the characters she wrote and appreciated the depth that she gave to them all, even secondary and tertiary characters. One minor issue was that the novel was a tad too long.
The Beauty: Erienne Fleming, the enchanting, raven-haired daughter of the village mayor. She is surounded by suitors, any one of whom would pay
The Beast:Lord Saxton who has purchased her--a mysterious, tragic figure who wears a mask and a cloak at all times to hide disfiguring scars gained in a terrible fire some years back.
The other man, or is he the dashing and witty young Yankee, Christopher Seton
But marriage for love is not to be, for her irresponsible and unscrupulous father, is intent on auctioning off his beautiful daughter to the highest bidder.
She grows to care for the beast the man who bought her.
I absolutely love this book. The storyline captures you immediately and carries you away to another time and place. My favorite Kathleen Woodiwiss book is "Shanna" but this is a close second. Perfection on a page.
Erienne's father had given her hand to the richest suitor. She was now Lady Saxton, mistress of a great manor all but ruined by fire, wife to a man whose mysteriously shrouded form aroused fear and pity. Yet even as she fell in love with her adoring husband, Erienne despaired of freeing her heart from the dashingly handsome Yankee who couldn't forget her. The beautiful Erienne, once filled with young dreams of romance, was now a wife and woman...torn between the two men she loved.
The story and plot of this book was new to me, and I very much enjoyed it, although halfway through the book I had figured out the mystery of it. Once the outcome was revealed, I was bored however, with 100 pages left to read. I had a hard time holding my interest from then on and found myself skimming often.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I first read it when I was about 17 or 18 and I have read it every year since. A family friend gave me my first copy for Christmas one year, I loaned it to sombody several years later and never got it back, searced until I found another one.
Northern England 1792, a father auctions his beautiful daughter off to the highest bidder. He is a man who must wear a mask and walks with a limp, but something draws her to him and she falls in love. However, there is another man who is trying to tempt her and although he should be her enemy, after shooting her brother in a duel, she finds him very compelling. So as she struggles with her inappropriate feelings for a man who is not her husband, they must find out who is trying to kill him.
To save her father form financial ruin, beautiful Erienne Flemming is wed against her wishes - auctioning her love to the highest bidder, the enigmatic Lord Saxton... whose long, flowing robes mask a mystery, a vengeful heart, and strange, secret passions.
Erienne is the long-suffering daughter of a man low enough to auction her off to the highest bidder to pay off his debts. A plot that keeps you guessing and yet romantic at its core. A wonderful heartwarming read when all is said and done.
The enchanting raven-haired daughter of the village mayor, Erienne Fleming is the fairest bloom in her English village. And of all who desire her, she would have only one: the dashing and witty young Yankee, Christopher Seton. But a marriage for love is not to be, as Erienne is auctioned off to the highest bidder to help pay off her irresponsible father's debts. And in teh end, it is the enigmatic Lord Saxton who purchases her hand-a tragic and secretive noble who hides his scars behind mask and cloak, and who only appears to her after nightfall.
Resigned to solitary life in cold and rambling Saxton Hall, Erienne slowly learns the true nature of the stranger she calls "husband." A gentle and adoring soul, he treats his new bride with warmth and abiding tenderness. But though she valiantly longs to remain true to her elusive, mysterious spouse, Erienne feels herself irresistibly drawn to Christopher Seton's passion, his fire, and his intrigues. And soon she will have to make a devastating choice: between her duty and her heart.
The fairest flower in Mawbry is Erienne Fleming, the enchanting, raven-haired daughter of the village mayor. Charming, spirited and exquisitely lovely, she is beset on all sides by suitors, any one of whom would pay a king's fortune for a place in her heart. But Erienne has eyes for only one: the dashing and witty young Yankee, Christopher Seton.