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Winter Rose

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  153 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
A dark and haunting tale of a young girl trapped in Winter, longing to be free. When Rose and her sister are left to fend for themselves and an ailing mother, they must fight both nature and the darkness of the soul to survive. And perhaps, along the way, they will find the strength to love.
Kindle Edition, 52 pages
Published November 21st 2011 by Shadow of the Wood
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♡Karlyn P♡
Great freebie read! I love it when a novella reads more like a full size story, and the writing is so good you can't help but get sucked in. This was NOT a fluffy cowboy romance. It was an emotionally charged, gritty American-historical romance that painted a vivid landscape of the hard-times faced during the deep winter months of late 1800's America.

Did I mention that the writing was seriously GOOD?! Ms Marks is an author-to-watch. I'll need to check her out. Written in first-person POV (point
Kenneth Kao
Dec 17, 2011 Kenneth Kao rated it it was amazing
I was taken aback by this piece. It was beautifully written, the rhythm and language of the author's word choice was something akin to a stake being pounded into your heart. And yet through the pain, you love it. At first I was bothered by the predictable storyline, the superficial bad guys, the heavy personal conflicts that didn't change...but then the writing swept me in and I forgot all the other similar stories I've read because as I was reading, there was only this story. These characters. ...more
Krista Ashe
Jul 04, 2012 Krista Ashe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-112-of-2012
Wow...just WOW!! This was an AMAZEBALLS novella!! The writing is breathtakingly beautiful with it's lyrical figurative style and aching quality. I felt transported right into the harsh winter of Rose's life.

The story itself at times had me gripping my kindle tighter and tighter as I feared for Rose, wept with her, and my heart broke for her and her sister.

Luke...oh man, what do I say about Luke? He can be my hero and protector anyday...but what I loved the most is how unconventional their meet
Charlotte  Black
Mar 06, 2012 Charlotte Black rated it really liked it
There are some tales told that finish up too sugar coated for their own good, and there are stories like Winter Rose that have you fixed on every word and every sentence by its powerful yet gritty writing.

The tale of Rose, her sister Becca and their mother is chilling, raw and bitter. Just like the cold winter on the mountain where they live in a cabin to fend for themselves after their drunken father abandons them. Both daughters have harrowing histories with their father, they hope he doesn't
Deanna Rittinger
May 05, 2012 Deanna Rittinger rated it it was amazing
I adored this short story! The prose style is lyrical without getting in the way, meaning that it pulls you into the story instead of throwing you out of it. Though the plot doesn't twist, the characters build enough tention that it's an emotionally satisfying resolution. It's a read-in-one-sitting, can't-put-it-down sort of book, so don't pick it up unless you have an hour or two available!

Rose and her sister, through rough circumstances, find themselves alone and vulnerable to abuse from the m
Michelle Valentine
Nov 01, 2012 Michelle Valentine rated it it was amazing
Loved this one!!!!!
Feb 18, 2012 Kristi rated it really liked it
With a beginning as heart rending as its ending is heart warming, Winter Rose, is a must read. Though its very nature (a novella) makes it a quick read, it is not light on content.

Rose has had to face many traumatic events, but there's an inner strength to her that refuses to give up. Her mother's illness, her father's abuse and abandonment, and her sister's subsequent prostitution to feed their family have all culminated into a rage that drives Rose to the brink of destruction. Rose is eventual
Katie Ashley
Nov 01, 2012 Katie Ashley rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and haunting. The way Rachel Marks weaves her world and characters makes any writer jealous!! A story of strength, perseverance, and love!! Who could ask for anything more...except for it to be made into a full novel!!
Jennifer Walkup
Nov 01, 2012 Jennifer Walkup rated it it was amazing
Loved this story so much! So much well done emotion. There was terror, hearthache, fear, revulsion, and at the heart a hopefulness and love. Really a great read!
May 07, 2012 Hayley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Absolutely beautiful!
Kathleen Valentine
I'm not going to rate this because I didn't finish it. I found it so relentlessly depressing and bleak that I just couldn't keep reading. It starts off with violence, abuse ("when he tore into my clothes, called me names I can't even bare [sic] to think of")and incest, progresses to rape and forced sexual slavery, goes on to murder with an ax... I am hoping it got better but I couldn't keep going.

To be fair the writer is skillful but if the first 25% of a book is nothing but misery I am not incl
Very well written. My only issue is that I feel that I am not sure if Luke was first interested in Rose's sister, Becca, before her. The scenes when he was sitting/resting next to Becca to console her and where Rose was noticing Becca and Luke's "link"...not sure how I felt about that.
Jan 17, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it
For my taste, I actually give it a 3.5 stars. It was a nice and quick read. It’s like your 21st century fairy tale. A story of a girl who struggles through physical and emotional turmoil ends with her prince charming. I picked this book up to read between books and I'm glad I did. I recommend it if you are looking for a quick read for the day or two.
Erika M
Feb 27, 2016 Erika M rated it really liked it
I don't think that it was advertised as a Kindle Single, but it is equivalent to about 52 print pages. It is a love story and a story of survival. The product descriptions states, "A dark and haunting tale of a young girl trapped in Winter, longing to be free. When Rose and her sister are left to fend for themselves and an ailing mother, they must fight both nature and the darkness of the soul to survive." I can't describe it any better without giving away what occurs. The story is extremely wel ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Holy crap. Soooooooooo good. The writing was spectacular and I didn't put the book down from the first word to the last. A beautiful story with an intricate mix of beautiful and dark elements that had me completely riveted from one page to the next. The array of emotions running through me as I read were never ending. I was exhausted by the roller coaster ride that had me up and down, slithering into dark tunnels where it seemed as if there were no escape only to burst back into light that wore ...more
Kat Heckenbach
Jun 04, 2012 Kat Heckenbach rated it it was amazing
I can't say the plot is terribly unique, but the writing truly makes that not matter. Rachel Marks has voice. And her writing is smooth. I had a complete grasp of the setting and main character from the first paragraphs and the characterization only got stronger as the story continued. I'm very much looking forward to reading a full novel by Marks and seeing what she's capable of when given the space to write an even deeper story.
Dawn ♥ romance
Aug 11, 2012 Dawn ♥ romance rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
A rather depressing short story but it grabbed me in. It starts with a father walking out on his two daughters and sick wife, taking all their food, leaving them in a shack on a snow covered mountain and it gets worse. The little romance between Rose and Luke is near the end.
Aug 24, 2012 Stephani rated it it was amazing
It was a short story that was well written. Loved it and thought it was very easy to read. Really good story line, really scary, not in a monster go boo thing, but scary. Great story!!!! Must read and recommended!!!!

Kimber  Sullivan
Feb 03, 2014 Kimber Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Winter Rose was one of those rare stories that stayed with me long after I finished it. Heart breaking yet redeeming. It was so beautifully written, I couldn't believe it was free.
Apr 12, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
I picked this up as a freebie off Amazon earlier this year.

This was a great novella. There was a lot packed in a small space. I did cry... Twice... Which is usually unheard of, for me.
Jun 03, 2012 Meagan rated it liked it
Quick read, I wasn't sure at first if I would like it but it was good.
Morgan Busse
May 10, 2012 Morgan Busse rated it it was amazing
Dark but really good. I loved the imagery and feeling in the book :)
Susan West Campbell
Nov 06, 2014 Susan West Campbell rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, e-book-read
Great short story! proof of living past your demons
Becky Pierce
Jun 10, 2012 Becky Pierce rated it it was amazing
My only ended too soon!!
Sep 04, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
A well written novella!
Feb 02, 2012 Lesa rated it liked it
This was a short book. Finished it in one day. It was ok. It didn't come across as a completed story. 2 sisters abandoned on a snowy mountain top by their father, who sends miners to them to trade their bodies for supplies they need to survive. He wins the worst dad of the year award. But despite their struggles, it does have a happy ending (sort of) Don't recommend this book unless you just want something to take up a few hours.
Desiree Boils
Jan 28, 2013 Desiree Boils rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book because the character's seemed to get so much deeper as the story went on, you hated the Miners and when one finally showed that the wasn't scum of the earth you flat out loved him and rooted for the two to get together and really be together, it's just a sad ending.
C. Purtill
Feb 11, 2012 C. Purtill rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this story. I buzzed through it in about an hour - it was fast-paced and really drew me in. Wonderful descriptions of setting made me feel like I was there.
Jan 28, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
This is not a happy story but extremely intriguing. You are hit you with deep felt emotions when the characters faced such desperate times.
Feb 04, 2012 Faye rated it liked it
A short 80 page read about 2 sisters abandoned by their father in the depths of winter and their struggle to survive
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Rachel A. Marks is an award-winning author and professional artist, a SoCal girl, cancer survivor, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. She was voted: Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory. Her debut series The Dark Cycle, described as Dickens' Oliver Twist meets TV's Supernatural, begins with the Amazo ...more
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“I drag the body out into the snowdrifts, as far away from our shack as I can muster. I put her in a thicket of trees, where the green seems to still have a voice in the branches, and try not to think about the beasts that’ll soon be gathering. There’s no way of burying her; the ground is a solid rock of ice beneath us.

I kneel beside her and want desperately to weep. My throat tightens and my head aches. Everything hurts inside. But I have no way of releasing it. I’m locked up and hard as stone.

“I’m sorry, Mamma,” I whisper to the shell in front of me. I take her hand. It could belong to a glass doll. There’s no life there anymore.

So I gather rocks, one by one, and set them over her, trying my best to protect her from the birds, the beasts, keep her safe as much as I can now. I pile the dark stones gently on her stomach, her arms, and over her face, until she becomes one with the mountain.

I stand and study my work, feeling like the rocks are on me instead, then I leave the body for the forest and ice.”
“The men stop coming after Hunt goes missing. We learned from the last brave soul to visit that they whispered all sorts of stories to answer his disappearance. My favorite is that we ate him. We cooked him up with our whore-earned corn, a dozen rats’ eyes, and a bat wing.

Even I couldn’t have thought of anything more perfect.”
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