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A Rose in Winter Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1983

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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 72 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #258,676 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.

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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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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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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I don't know why I ever trust Amazon reviews. I have yet to pick a good book this way. I am so tired of writing bad reviews, you'd think that the authors would be tired of writing bad novels. In all fairness this book was written 10 years ago. Maybe back then it did pass for good writing. I really don't know even how to review this novel since I only got to page 165. After that I just gave up. It was just that bad. Really at about page 5 I wanted to hit the wall with it but I decided to give it a chance because I had read the Elusive Flame and sort of liked it even though it took a while to get going. But this one never got going. It just went nowhere very painfully slowly. The characters were more like caricatures. The hero just wants sex at first sight of the beauty. She in turn wants the same thing although she doesn't know what it is called that she is feeling (lust). Then the whole farce of an escape followed by wedding was all I could take. Only a fool couldn't see where the story was going from there, and that's really being unkind to fools. This story is way too long. Cut it about 200-300 pages and maybe it will be readable. As it was I found myself skipping pages and pages of unneeded description and narration. All in all, the blurb on the back of the book sounds good but the writing just doesn't live up.
Two stars is really being kind on my part. I paid full price for this novel unlike another reviewer who merely borrowed it from a library. I wish i had saved my money and done the same thing. I know a lot of people love this novel. Some people even love tripe. The world is diverse.
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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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