Once Upon a Rose: Winter Rose · Read more Patricia A. McKillip - Winter Rose . Read more · McKillip, Patricia A - Winter Rose · Read more. Sold by her debt-ridden father to be the wife of the deformed Lord Saxon, beautiful Erienne Fleming, entangled in a vengeful plot, becomes devoted to her . Jul 30, A Rose In Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss; 11 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Accessible book, Protected DAISY, OverDrive.
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Editorial Reviews. terekurnoli.gq Review. Debt-ridden Avery Fleming is determined to find a A Rose In Winter - Kindle edition by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Read A Rose In Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss for free with a 30 day free trial. Read unlimited* books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. The fairest flower in Mawbry is Erienne Fleming, the enchanting, raven-haired daughter of the village mayor. Charming, spirited and exquisitely lovely, she is.
I can deal with description; Meredith Duran's Duke of Shadows is one of my favorite romances of all time. Sherry Thomas tugs on my heartstrings almost every book. But when description is used without the slightest thought for occasion, thesauruses become the new human brain, the act of making pancakes is sensationalized to a life and death experience, metaphors are utterly abused, and each tree in a forest is given an individual sentence of description - whether likening it to dark and gloomy skeletons or imposing statues - I draw the line.
Basically, it's a miracle I made it through the book.
Brain Capacity of Heroine. I actually do not believe I have met a whinier, more vapid, uninteresting heroine. Erienne is shallow as hell.
She ranks every one of her suitors on looks - in fact, it is Christopher who enlightens her of their characters after she has dismissed them. She despises her husband, who has been nothing but kind to her, for about five hundred pages for no reason except that he's scarred.
Is it reasonable to be not-attracted to a scarred man? Is it reasonable to treat him like a monster, call him the 'embodiment of [her] worst nightmares,' and act as if touching his sleeve is utterly disgusting, even when he a treats her like an equal b is considerate of all her feelings and c basically grants her every whim? She is also stupid not very smart; she rides through the street in broad daylight to "escape" from her father who can totally see her She is also completely powerless in the story and requires a big strong man to save her from everything.
In summary, Erienne is a faux-feisty gorgeous beauty think the face that launched a thousand ships, or at least, ten thousand pounds with the depth of a puddle and the brain of a poodle. It would be nice if the Beauty had something to recommend her other than her, you know, beauty. The Plot First: immensely predictable.
Not that that's bad, necessarily - I know romances are generally guaranteed a HEA - but really, when the entire conflict because view spoiler [the thing with the Saxon family does not deserve the characterization of "conflict" hide spoiler ] hinges on the heroine being tempted between two men, it's minorly frustrating when you figure out the big secret within the first fifty pages.
Second: the hero's explanation for why he does what he does is stupid.
That means his consent is not necessary. Which then means that Christopher could have said a few nice words instead of being all macho-insulting and eloped with her.
I get he thought she hated him, but seriously, you think she'd hate a man who tricked her into marrying him any less? Why did he think pretending to be a crippled 'monster' would help his case? And even if it was absolutely necessary for him to marry her under the guise of "Lord Saxton," why not send a proxy which was common practice those days rather than going to all the trouble of that stupid scheme aka dressing up as Darth Vader?
Saxon is kind to her, yes. Is Christopher? Not really. And, yet, before she connects the two personalities, she's swooning over Christopher. I found their "love" more of: Chris: Holy cow, what a babe!
Eri: Golly, he's smokin'! But her private dilemma is pushed aside when panic sweeps the town as the Night Rider, a demonic figure with a silver saber, begins a murderous rampage to avenge the burning of Saxton Hall.
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