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A Rose in Winter

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  8,433 Ratings  ·  411 Reviews

Erienne's father had given her hand to the richest suitor. She was now Lady Saxton, mistress of a great manor all but ruined by fire, wife to a man whose mysteriously shrouded form aroused fear and pity. Yet even as she fell in love with her adoring husband, Erienne despaired of freeing her heart from the dashingly handsome Yankee who couldn't forget her.
Mass Market Paperback, 567 pages
Published October 1983 by Avon Books (first published 1982)
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Apr 19, 2013 Allarice rated it it was ok
So. This book...confounds me.

I wanted to like it so badly. It started off so well. Or, rather, the plot sounded so good to begin with. A collection of my favorite romance tropes: Beauty and the Beast AND a married couple AND rooting for the underdog.

When a audience is this eager to like a novel, what are the chances the book could possibly go wrong?

1. Nice to Meet You, Miss; I'm Gary Stu.

"Her mind had begun to race, forming thoughts totally counter to what they had been earlier. The man was nea
Jan 29, 2017 Nana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5!!! Espectacularrrr!!!! Ayyyyyyyy pero que historia mas boniiiiita!!! Una joya que debe ser leída ajuroooo!!! Es de esos libros que los terminas y ya quieres volver a leerlos porque te lo lees tan deprisa que al final echas en menos no haberle prestado su máxima atención a cada página, a cada uno de esos diálogos chispeantes entre los protagonistas!!

Decir que me encanto es quedarme corta.. Es una historia verdaderamente original imposible no quedarte enganchada a ella.. Y es mejor lanzarte a
Jan 06, 2008 maricar rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, romance
I loved how ms. woodiwiss portrayed Lord Saxton--fierce on the outside but oh-so-tender when with Erienne. personally, the way he was described, i did not feel he was that hideous. i actually preferred him over Christopher. before any revelations were finally made open, i found myself hotly rooting for Lord Saxton. for me, Christopher (allegedly removed from Lord Saxton's presence) was cocky and outrageous. handsome as the devil of course, and totally overwhelming. but somehow he didnt quite mea ...more
Océano de libros
Erienne Fleming no puede evitar que su padre le busque un matrimonio ventajoso, es así -y pese a sus objeciones- como acabará casándose y convirtiéndose en Lady Saxton. La joven se encontrará en una encrucijada, entre dos afectos: por su marido que pese a todo lo misterioso que lo rodea la ha tratado bien y por Christopher Seton, un hombre que aparece en los momentos más oportunos.
Ha sido una delicia leer este libro, me ha gustado y entretenido a partes iguales. Tenía expectativas bastante altas
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Me lo he pasado genial leyéndola y por eso le doy las 5 estrellitas, ese disfrute me compensa cualquier fallo que tenga la novela (que los tiene). Una novela clásica clásica. La he leído en inglés y está claro que el inglés en el que escribe esta mujer no es el que yo conozco XDDDDDD Descriptiva y reiterativa (a veces en exceso) pero se ha sacado de la manga una historia que lo tiene todo, pisto, emoción, intriga, dolor de barriga, amor y tensión sexual muy bien puesta en los momentos perfectos. ...more
Inés Izal
Apr 09, 2014 Inés Izal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Por algo Kathleen E. Woodiwiss es conocida como la reina de la romántica histórica.

Jun 07, 2012 Christy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
1.5 stars

Oh my, was this book awful. The writing is laughably bad. I love lush, descriptive prose (Sherry Thomas, Loretta Chase). I even love unnecessarily detailed descriptions (Diana Gabaldon). But I just could not stomach the overwrought, purple prose of this book. Here is an example. I defy anyone to read this without gagging:

"How deeply has this wench entrapped me?" he mused. "She has snared my spirit and my soul. Like a hawk, she has snatched them in full flight." He shook his head. "But u
I haven't read this book in years and years, but I still love it. I was just recently looking through my favorite authors I haven't read in years and I just realized that Kathleen E. Woodiwiss died back in 2007. I hadn't heard anything about that and it makes me sad that such a wonderful author had died. This was the first book I ever read of Ms. Woodiwiss and reading it again brings back a sense of deja vu of being wrapped in a warm blanket and reading this wonderful story of the love triangle ...more
Lisa Kay
Made it to 4 1/2 stars; but hero was too much of an asshat at the beginning of the book to get a full ★★★★★. Not my fav by this author (so I've only read it twice, LOL!), but still miles higher than other authors who wrote in this era.
Uno de los mejores libros de romántica que he leído desde hace bastante tiempo y al más puro estilo "La Bella y la Bestia" con ligeros cambios.
La relación entre Cristopher, Erienne y Stuart, los protagonistas de la historia hasta que todo se resuelve, me ha gustado mucho como lo ha llevado la autora y me ha atrapado desde el primer momento. Me he comido las uñas en todos y cada uno de los capítulos hasta que por fin se ha descubierto todo el pastel (y menuda forma de descubrirse todo!!!!)
Decir q
Jul 13, 2015 Yolanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sheila Majczan
Mar 16, 2017 Sheila Majczan rated it it was amazing
I read this shortly after it came out. It is another Beauty and the Beast type story BUT in this one the heroine has been sold to marry "the Beast" by her wastrel father. I loved all the stories by this author and remember reading this one over and over again.
Elise Wilson
Apr 04, 2011 Elise Wilson rated it liked it
This is my first book by Kathleen Woodiwiss, purchased because of the numerous positive reviews. I was not as enthusiastic about the book as most readers -- those who ranked it 4-5 stars. Woodiwiss certainly demonstrates that she is a good writer and the book has an interesting plot. The beauty and the beast theme generally works well, and the author has put her on spin on it, which is creative. It has its share of mystery, romance and humor.

And while she provides vivid descriptions and details,
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
With the passing of legendary Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, I wanted to give her books a try. I remember reading something by her as a wee one, but for the life of me can't recall what it was. Browsing online, a friend and I were intrigued to discover the synopsis boasted a scarred, tragic figure as the possible hero. Swooning over the though of a Phantom-of-the-opera type hunk, I quickly nabbed this baby up at the local bookstore during our usual Tuesday night outing, and then sped through the book I ...more
Jan 02, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Sheesh! I'm finally done with this oh so long, 567 page, but oh so good novel...

They just don't write them like this anymore.

I took 1 Star away because there was just way to much information at many parts. I do realize I often complain about books not being long enough these days...but there is absolutely a line that a lot of these older authors loved to cross...But of course when you paid $7 for a book, you knew you were going to be entertained at least 4 days (or a month)...

Seton and E
Sara ♥
Apr 27, 2009 Sara ♥ rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sara ♥ by: Sherry
I'd give this book a 4.5, so I rounded up.

I loved the story/plot. I loved the characters. I loved the suspense of not knowing what was going to happen next.... It was definitely (and obviously) a Beauty-and-the-Beast story, and once I got through about the first 90 or so pages, I really quite enjoyed it!

The only thing that was a bit difficult for me was Kathleen Woodiwiss's writing style. Very..... FLORID.... which I just looked up to make sure I was using the word correctly: "elaborately or exc
This is my 3rd favorite Woodiwiss book behind Flame and the Flower and The Wolf and the Dove. I saw one one star review that says the book starts with a rape. It doesn't. I think they are thinking about Flame and the Flower. The H does not rape the h in this book. There is definitely a dubcon element explained below

*** spoiler ***

She thinks she is sleeping with her scarred husband but is actually with the H (who is her husband, he's just not the scarred man she thinks he is). So there is no actu
Regan Walker
Jun 30, 2012 Regan Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 and 1/2 Stars! A Great 18th Century English Romance from a Great Author!

Kathleen Woodiwiss has written some truly great romances (Shanna, The Wolf and the Dove, The Flame and the Flower). She can be a great storyteller and has given us tales of true love that develop slowly like a well roasted marshmallow. This one at well over 500 pages is no exception. A rose in winter...a flower blooming out of time...a sign of true love to come. Ah we love it.

Set in late 18th century England, thi
Regan Walker
Feb 24, 2012 Regan Walker rated it really liked it
4 and 1/2 Stars! Great 18th Century English Romance from a Master of Historical Romance!

Kathleen Woodiwiss has written some truly great romances (SHANNA, THE WOLF AND THE DOVE, THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER) and is credited with the beginning of the modern historical romance phenomena. She is also a master storyteller and has given us tales of true love that develop slowly like a well roasted marshmallow. This one at well over 500 pages is no exception. A rose in winter...a flower blooming out of its
Aug 20, 2008 Misfit rated it liked it
Reasonably entertaining (but predictable) Beauty and the Beast Plot. 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 an ...more
Evolet Belova
Nota: 10/10


Esta fue la primera novela romántica que leí. Uno de los mejores libros de este tipo de literatura para mí. Tanto que desde que empecé hace años ya no he parado de leer este género :) Un clásico entre los clásicos en mis estanterías.

Era de mi madre, lo compró antes de que yo naciese en Círculo de lectores allá por el año 84. Fue uno de los primeros libros que leí y me encantó.

Esta con las deliciosas paginas amarillentas por el paso de los años, ya ni siquiera tiene una po
Oh my, what a ridiculously entertaining, addictive read!

Erienne's sleazy father decides to sell her to the highest bidder in order to pay off his debt to the dashing Christopher Seton whom Erienne is determined to loathe. The person who buys the right to marry the gorgeous Erienne is the mysterious, scarred Lord Saxton, who marries her after paying 5,000 pounds.

A Beauty and the Beast set-up follows with Erienne growing to care for her husband who, despite refusing to remove his mask, treats her
J.C. Cassels
Oct 02, 2011 J.C. Cassels rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my top five favorite Romances of all time, and brother, I've read a LOT of them.

Beautiful Erienne Fleming is sold on the block to cover her family's debts. The stipulation is that she will be wedded to the man wealthy enough to satisfy the notes being held by charming gambler, Christopher Seton, who wants her for himself.

When Erienne is bought by the masked, crippled Lord Saxton, and properly wedded, she finds herself torn between two men: The vexing Seton, who happens to be
Oct 16, 2010 Ryn rated it did not like it
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Kathie (katmom)
May 19, 2011 Kathie (katmom) rated it it was amazing
Our girl DID need to be saved...a LOT...but Christopher was there for her! I loved when she saved herself with her riding crop, slashing the idiot that attacked her. GO Erienne.

This was Beauty and the Beast, with a twist...yes, I did figure the twist out early on, but SHE didn't, which is where the drama was.

LOVED the horse, Saracen...

HATED her father...and he didn't get nearly what he had coming to him.

Nor did Claudia...

But I was glad to see that Erienne came to love her Beastly husband...her h
I always feel guilty when I don't finish a book I assigned for book club, but I'm giving up. Erienne has stomped her foot for the last time as far as I'm concerned.
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Ladies and Gentlemen, It is time for another retro romance review. This is one that I read shortly after I discovered The Bride. In fact it was the second adult romance I ever read. I had to be a little more careful when I was reading this one because it wasn’t on the bookcase, it was in a cubby in my parents’ headboard of their bed. This meant one of them, I was sure it was my mother, was reading it. And if you look at the
Sep 17, 2012 Jaden rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of good, old-fashioned, classic romance
Classic-oh-so-very-classic historical romance with a non boring heroine and a quite mysterious plot!

UPDATE: 09/17/2012

A Rose in Winter is a story full of intrigue, mystery, suspense and romance.

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Kathleen Erin Hogg was born on June 3, 1939, in Alexandria, Louisiana, she was the youngest of eight siblings by Gladys (Coker) and Charles Wingrove Hogg, a disabled World War I veteran. She long relished creating original narratives, and by age 6 was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep. At age 16, she met U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Eugene Woodiwiss at a dance, ...more
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“There is revenge and then there is justice. Sometimes the two are met as one."

“Honor you? he breathed. Sweetest Erienne, how could I not? You are ever in my thoughts, bending me, plucking at the fibers of my mind. The man inside me trembles whenever you're near, and I groan with agony for the touch of your hand laid upon me in a soft caress.” 5 likes
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