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A Rose In Winter [Mass Market Paperback]

Kathleen E Woodiwiss
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Oct. 1 1983
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.

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Debt-ridden Avery Fleming is determined to find a wealthy husband for his beautiful daughter, Erienne, so he can pay off his mountain of debts. Erienne, however, has refused every one of the old men her father has picked for her consideration. When she meets dashing American merchant Christopher Seton, she cannot deny her attraction to him, despite the fact that he wounded her brother, Farrell, in a duel, crippling him for life. However, when Seton asks for Erienne's hand in marriage, both she and her father refuse him. Instead, Erienne's father auctions her off to the highest bidder--the mysterious Lord Saxton, a man whose horrifying scars are hidden by a mask and cloak. Erienne comes to know her husband as a kind and gentle man, but when Christopher Seton returns to town, she cannot fight her attraction to him. She finds herself torn between her duty to the man she has wed and the call of her heart. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With more than thirty-six million copies of her bestselling novels already in print, Kathleen E. Woodiwiess remains one of America's most successful and beloved storytellers. She is the author of twelve enormously successful masterworks of romantic fiction, including The Flame and the Flower, Shanna, Ashes in the Wind, Petals on the River, and The Elusive Flame.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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In a last attempt to raise the money he needs to pay off his gambling debts, Avery Fleming decides to sell his beautiful daughter Erienne to the highest bidder. The only man Erienne likes, Christopher Seton, is not allowed to bid. She ends up with whom she thinks to be the worst of all: Lord Saxton, a crippled man who wears a mask, covering his face which was burned in a fire. But Erienne's husband proves to be a gentle man, and she grows to care for him.
Then the handsome Christopher Seton returns and continues to woo her. Erienne tries not to give in, but that gets more difficult each time. She is torn between the two men in her life and realises she can't have them both. But how can she choose between her husband and Christopher?
This is one of the best historical romances I've ever read. It was also the first, and I've been a historical romance addict since. Most of Ms. Woodiwiss' books are very good, but I like this one best. It's one of the few books I read over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out Of This World Sept. 15 2001
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This is the third book i have read by KEW and again i was not at all disappointed. I used to hate reading books but ever since i read the book "The Flame and The Flower"by KEW i have made it my goal to read all of her romance stories. KEW has a way of making me feel as if i am inside the book and makes me wish that i was actually there. The men in her stories just take my breath away. Geez, i wish i could meet a guy like that!
This book i would have to say is just as good as The Flame and The Flower since there is no possible way i could say that one of KEW's books are better than the other. I love the way that in this book as like the other books, the men think that they can never fall in love and that they have no weakness, but when they meet these women they fall in love instantly and can not live without them. The way Christopher Seton is so determined to win Eirienn's heart is great! but since Eirienne is too loyal to her new huband she can not yeild herself to Christopher even tho she secretly feels the same way about him.
You will really love this story and to anyone who thinks this is a bad story, you obviosly don't have anywere near good taste in books, and it's not like you or anyone else could do any better. This book it really out of this world so find it, read it and you will not be let down. Kathleen E Woodiwiss is really the best author in my eyes and i will not stop untill i have read all of her books because they are phenominal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Beauty and the Beast type story. June 2 2003
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I cut my teeth on romance with Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novels but gave them up in the early 80's because her style seemed so demeaning to women. "A Rose in Winter" was recommended in another reader's listmania listing and I was pleasantly surprised when I decided to give it a try! This novel is full of romance and intrigue and I was drawn in from the very beginning.
Poor Erienne is just a pawn to the men in her life. First she is little more than a servant to her nasty father and brother, pawed over by potential suitors and then finally sold as a wife to the highest bidder. She is "bought" by the reclusive and masked Lord Saxton and cannot bring herself to endure the touch of this scarred and crippled man. He woos her gently, dispersing her fear with his constant familiarity. During his gentle courtship, Erienne's heart begins to beat for another man, a bold Yankee, Christopher Seaton. Christopher and Erienne have a rather love/hate relationship, but his pursuit of her is relentless. Will she give in to Christopher and forsake her vows to the strange but strong Lord Saxton? Who is trying to destroy the Saxton's and what of the vengeful night rider who roams the country at night frightening some wicked men? There is redemption for some characters in this novel and retribution for others. You will cheer for the loyal tenants of Lord Saxton and the triumph over evil in the end.
Erienne, though weak at times became a proud and strong woman by the end of the novel and I was satisfied that she did the best she could for the times she lived in. An engrossing read, dark at times but kept my attention to the end. I can highly recommend this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great feel good story. Jan. 5 2003
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This is sort of like a beauty and the beast kind of story. Erienne, the heroine, is sold into marriage to this mysterious character that everyone fears. All of a sudden the enigmatic Christopher happens to be at the right place at the right time. Sparks fly between them but there's a little problem. She's married to Christopher's cousin. Out of guilt she surrenders her body to her husband and find out that, although she can't see him because he's always in the dark or covered in robes from head to toe due to his burn scars, he's the sweetest lover ever.
The love scenes between Erienne and her husband are absolutely enchanting. The author trully transmits the whole essence of a couple in love and how they feel when being intimate. These scenes are absolutetly beautiful. Out of these encounters a true love emerges between the heroine and her deformed husband, but then again, what happens with the handsome Christopher? While between Erienne and her husband making love is magical, a kiss with the dashing Christopher is pure dinamite!
Erienne must choose between her husband and Christopher. She's torn in two but you must know that there's a great plot twist that will leave you open mouthed. I recommend this book for all of those who love to turn children's fairy tales into grown up fairy tales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story!
Great Story! An exciting and romantic story that has the typical elements of the genre with a beautiful heroine, a rake, multiple villains etc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
3.0 out of 5 stars 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. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2008 by Misfit
2.0 out of 5 stars "blah blah blah blah BLAH"
THE author used 567 pages to tell a story that could have been charmingly written in 300. The heroine is nails-on-the-chalkboard annoying for the first half of the book, even her... Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2006 by Phart Fayce
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellant Romance
I am by no means a new reader of Woodiwiss, but to date this is the best of her books. The characters are strong willed and yet there is no lasting hatred between them. Read more
Published on March 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I'm In Love With Christopher
I won't bore you with re-describing what happens in the book. But I will tell you I have had at least one copy of this book since it was first published. Read more
Published on March 12 2004 by Marisa
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Romance Novel...Wonderful!
This was the first romance novel I ever read, many years ago, and it was the reason I kept reading romance. I was so new to the genre, I was truly surprised when all was revealed. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!
I read all of Woodiwiss and I was not disappointed with this book either. The characters and the plot enchant the readers and make them turn on the pages till the last page.
Published on Oct. 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome.
This book is the greatest of Woodiwiss, the characters and the plot hold you as a captive throughout the book. IT'S A MUST READ!
Published on Oct. 2 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but predictable.
I had never read any of Kathleen Woodiwiss' books. I know that she is one of the premier romance writers so I gave this book a try. I have to say, Kathleen has a way with words! Read more
Published on April 11 2003 by "mars36"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rose of a Book!
A Rose in Winter, the BEST of Kathleen Woodiwiss' novels. If you haven't yet read this, buy it new, buy it used but buy it because it's a keeper!!! Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2003 by SlippersLadd
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