Friday, April 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance #31

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Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Mary of Buried Under Romance and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

A Rose In Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss, published 1982


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 honour ... between her duty and her heart.

Sorry this is a day late. In my teens, with a limited allowance, I looked for quantity and quality -- and Kathleen Woodiwiss had both. Her books are massive! And A Rose in Winter is 500+ pages of "Beauty and the Beast" goodness. It was novel for me to read about a love triangle (Erienne, Christopher Seton and Lord Saxton) and I loved that this was heroine-centric.

To find out more about Kathleen Woodiwiss and her books, click below:
Harper Collins Author's Page for Kathleen Woodiwiss

Head over to Mary @ Buried Under Romance and Ki Pha of Doing Some Reading for their picks for Throwback Thursday.^_^

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  1. wow, 500+ pages? that's a lot LOL :) I'm surprised by the love triangle angle. Never did care much for that plot device except when it's done really well but this book sounds promising by your feedback. I have several of Woodiwiss' books on my shelf but haven't really picked them up for reading yet.

  2. Hi, Camille! Prepare to invest time when you start on a Woodiwiss book.

    I haven't read her in recent times, and I wonder if the experience will be the same. When I got the books details from Amazon, a lot of readers were talking about the "datedness" of her language.

  3. It certainly sounds intriguing, and I'm a total sucker for Beauty and the Beast style books, although not so keen on love triangles...



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