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  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; New edition edition (Oct. 1 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380844001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380844005
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #361,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By Melusine on Oct. 21 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Proulx on 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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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.
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By A Customer on 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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