Winter Rose - Winter Rose, Bk 1 Author:Patricia A. McKillip Sorrow and trouble and bitterness will bound you and yours and the children of yours... — Some said the dying words of Nial Lynn, murdered by his own son, were a wicked curse. To others, it was a winter's tale spun by firelight on cold, dark nights. But when Corbet Lynn came to rebuild his family estate, memories of his grandfather's curs... more »e were rekindled by young and old -- and rumours filled the heavy air of summer.
In the woods that border Lynn Hall, free-spirited Rois Melior roams wild and barefooted in search of healing herbs. She is as hopelessly unbridled -- and unsuited for marriage -- as her betrothed sister Laurel is domestic. In Corbet's pale green eyes, Rois senses a desperate longing. In her restless dreams, mixed with the heady warmth of harvest wine, she hears him beckon. And as autumn gold fades, Rois is consumed with Corbet Lynn, obsessed with his secret past -- until, across the frozen countryside and in flight from her own imagination, truth and dreams become inseparable...« less
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This is a retelling of the ballad "Tam Lin." Honestly, I can't say I was really drawn into the story - though I did really feel for the protagonist - but the writing is so poetic and beautiful, I couldn't help but enjoy reading it, and I now hope to read more of the author's work.