A Rose in Winter Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1983
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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.
About the Author
(1939 - 2007) Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, creator of the modern historical romance, died July 6, 2007 in Minnesota. She had just turned 68. Her attorney, William Messerlie, said that she died after a long illness.
Born on June 3, 1939 in Alexandria, Louisiana, Mrs. Woodiwiss was the youngest of eight siblings. She long relished creating original narratives, and by age six was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep. At age 16, she met U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Woodiwiss at a dance, and they married the following year. She wrote her first book in longhand while living at a military outpost in Japan.
Woodiwiss is credited with the invention of the modern historical romance novel: in 1972, she released The Flame and the Flower, an instant New York Times bestseller, creating literary precedent. The Flame and the Flower revolutionized mainstream publishing, featuring an epic historical romance with a strong heroine and impassioned sex scenes. "Kathleeen E. Woodiwiss is the founding mother of the historical romance genre," says Carrie Feron, vice president/editorial director of William Morrow and Avon Books, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers. Feron, who has been Woodiwiss's editor for 13 years, continues, "Avon Books is proud to have been Kathleen's sole publishing partner for her paperbacks and hardcover novels for more than three decades." Avon Books, a leader in the historical romance genre to this day, remains Mrs. Woodiwiss's original and only paperback publisher; William Morrow, Avon's sister company, publishes Mrs. Woodiwiss's hardcovers.
The Flame and the Flower was rejected by agents and hardcover publishers, who deemed it as "too long" at 600 pages. Rather than follow the advice of the rejection letters and rewrite the novel, Mrs. Woodiwiss instead submitted it to paperback publishers. The first publisher on her list, Avon, quickly purchased the novel and arranged an initial 500,000 print run. The novel sold over 2.3 million copies in its first four years of publication.
The success of this novel prompted a new style of writing romance, concentrating primarily on historical fiction tracking the monogamous relationship between a helpless heroines and the hero who rescued her, even if he had been the one to place her in danger. The romance novels which followed in her example featured longer plots, more controversial situations and characters, and more intimate and steamy sex scenes.
"Her words engendered an incredible passion among readers," notes Feron. Bestselling author Julia Quinn agrees, saying, "Woodiwiss made women want to read. She gave them an alternative to Westerns and hard-boiled police procedurals. When I was growing up, I saw my mother and grandmother reading and enjoying romances, and when I was old enough to read them myself, I felt as if I had been admitted into a special sisterhood of reading women."
New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a leading voice in the women's fiction arena, says, "We all owe our careers to her. She opened the world of romance to us as readers. She created a career for us to go into."
The pioneering author has written 13 novels over the course of 35 years, all New York Times bestsellers. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's final literary work, the upcoming Everlasing, will be published by William Morrow in October 2007. "Everlasting is Kathleen's final gift to her fans," notes Feron.
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, who was predeceased by her husband and son Dorren, is survived by sons Sean and Heath, and numerous grandchildren.
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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.
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.
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.
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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This was one awesome author. Finding out this author passed . I have read single one of her books at least 3 times, but A rose in Winter was the first historical novel,I ever read... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Angel
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 morePublished on May 9 2014 by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
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 morePublished on Sept. 3 2006 by Phart Fayce
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 morePublished on March 26 2004
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 morePublished on March 12 2004 by Marisa
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 morePublished on Jan. 7 2004 by Patricia
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
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
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 morePublished on April 11 2003