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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.

But marriage for love is not to be, for her irresponsible and unscrupulous father, crippled by gambling debts, is intent on auctioning off his beautiful daughter to the highest bidder. And in the end, Erienne is devastated to find it is the strange and secretive 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.

But in the passing days, Saxton's true nature is revealed to her. A gentle and adoring soul, he treats his new bride with warmth and abiding tenderness, yet appears to her only by daylight. She, in turn, vows to be a good and loyal wife to him. And then Christopher Seton reenters Erienne's world. Conflicted by emotions she cannot suppress, Erienne valiantly attempts to remain honorable to her elusive, enigmatic husband but feels herself irresistibly drawn to Seton's passion, his fire, and his secrets. Entangled in intrigues she doesn't yet understand, Erienne Fleming will soon have to make a devastating choice: between love and honor . . . between her duty and her heart.

Topics: Georgian Era, England, Beauty and the Beast, Physically Scarred, Secret Life, Arranged Marriage, and Retellings

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061753329
List price: $6.99
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I am not sure how many times I have read this book over the years but it has been quite a few. I fell in love with Ms. Woodiwiss' writing with the first book I read, The Wolf and The Dove. I have read all the others and enjoy them each time I read them. I was very sad when I read that Kathleen E. Woodiwiss died. She was an exceptional storyteller and a ground breaker. If you haven't read any of her books then please do. Her heroes are alpha males that resist falling in love with all their might but when they do they cherish their chosen lady. The ladies are feisty and more than willing to defend their men and their homes. This book is set in the late 18th Century. Ms. Woodiwiss has done her homework and researched her book well enough that you can almost see and feel the period that she is writing about.more
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.more
My older sisters gave me this book to read when I was still in middle school. (I started reading romance novels early because I wanted to be like my sisters.) Well, as young as I was, I fell in love with this book. I read it every summer for years. Sometimes even on Christmas break. My sisters and I even talked about what actors would play the characters in the movie, if ever they made one. I love the whole beauty and the beast aspect of it.more
This book is my absolute all time favorite book by anyone. I was hooked on Woodiwiss after reading this book and went on to read everything she ever published.more
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I am not sure how many times I have read this book over the years but it has been quite a few. I fell in love with Ms. Woodiwiss' writing with the first book I read, The Wolf and The Dove. I have read all the others and enjoy them each time I read them. I was very sad when I read that Kathleen E. Woodiwiss died. She was an exceptional storyteller and a ground breaker. If you haven't read any of her books then please do. Her heroes are alpha males that resist falling in love with all their might but when they do they cherish their chosen lady. The ladies are feisty and more than willing to defend their men and their homes. This book is set in the late 18th Century. Ms. Woodiwiss has done her homework and researched her book well enough that you can almost see and feel the period that she is writing about.more
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.more
My older sisters gave me this book to read when I was still in middle school. (I started reading romance novels early because I wanted to be like my sisters.) Well, as young as I was, I fell in love with this book. I read it every summer for years. Sometimes even on Christmas break. My sisters and I even talked about what actors would play the characters in the movie, if ever they made one. I love the whole beauty and the beast aspect of it.more
This book is my absolute all time favorite book by anyone. I was hooked on Woodiwiss after reading this book and went on to read everything she ever published.more
Reasonably entertaining (but predictable) Beauty and the Beast Plot. Erienne Fleming's father, the hard drinking and gambling mayor of their northern England town needs to sell her in marriage to the highest bidder to pay off his gambling debts. Handsome Yankee Christopher Seton wants Erienne, but since Christian is the one he owes the greatest debt to, Christian is banned from bidding for her hand. Instead, Erienne's hand is purchased by the mysterious Lord of Saxton who was horribly injured and scarred for life in a fire. Erienne is as first horrified by her new husband's appearance and fights her growing attraction to Christopher at the same time and thus begins KEW's take on the Beauty and the Beast. Unfortunately, as much fun as KEW's romances can be to read, this book has some major flaws. The big twist in the plot is pretty easy to figure out -- as other reviewers have noted. In fact, almost everything in the book is pretty easy to figure out. The bad guys were inept and almost cartoonish in their bad deeds. Erienne is supposed to be intelligent and well educated, but her initial reactions to her disfigured husband just don't ring true, Stuart was nothing but kindness itself and a very gentle and loving husband. She was always running off and getting herself into a pickle so that Christopher could rescue her, and I have to agree with the other reviewers in that it got to be just a tad bit over the top that every man in the book was dying to jump her bones. All in all, not the worst in the historical romance genre, but far from the best either and certainly not one of KEW's better efforts (which would be Ashes in the Wind), but well suited for a rainy Sunday afternoon easy on the brain type of fluff. I'm sorely torn between a two and three star rating, so I'm calling it at 2.5 stars rounded it up to three.more
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