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A Rose in Winter

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  6,520 ratings  ·  323 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 January 1st 1982)
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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
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
Inés Izal
Por algo Kathleen E. Woodiwiss es conocida como la reina de la romántica histórica.

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.
Elise Wilson
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,
Barbara M.
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
Dec 01, 2012 Christy rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
Sara ♥
May 02, 2009 Sara ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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Regan Walker
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
Kathie (katmom)
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
J.C. Cassels
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
Sep 17, 2012 Jaden rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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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
Maureen Feeney
Predictable but still good.

This story reminded me of Beauty and the Beast a bit. Erienne Fleming's father is a drinker and a gambler and mayor of a small english town. Badly needing money to pay his gambling debts and tired of trying to get Erienne to marry money he sells her by public auction. Christopher Seton wants her but Erienne's father forbids him to bid because he is the one he owes the money to and Christopher accused him of cheating. Erienne flees before the auction and
Colleen Martin
A sure sign of my rapidly advancing age:
When I first read this book, I found it thrilling and very sexy that the hero was so much older than the heroine. We're talking double-digit age difference here, folks, which, as we all know, is SO swoon-worthy when you're 14.
...So reality pretty much crash landed on top of me when, re-reading it for the first time in at least a decade, I realized that I'm now the same age as the "older" man. How the hell did that happen?? Ugh.

But I have to say that I was
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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
I am debating between 3.5 and four stars-as I was reading I kept having the feeling that I had read this before...I hate to deduct stars for somthing that was totally not the fault of the author except it really did change how I thought of it. So the premise was familiar to several books I have read in the past, Marcia McClure has a hooded and masked hero so do serveral others but Donna Hatch's book titled The Stranger She Married was ridiculously similar in content. I was really surprised that ...more
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
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I'll be the first to admit that most books in the historical romance genre are VERY predicatable. Hero/heroine initially doesn't like their counterparts until they see a tenderness they didn't know existed and fall in love , , they solve it and all is right in the world forever after.
However, this book took predicatability to a completely different level. After reading the first few chapters, I automatically knew how the ending would turn out. I felt the author insulted our intelligence with th
It seems to me that I should have enjoyed this more than I did. All the emelemts were there for me to really love it.... but I just din't. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood for it. I like the beauty and the beast/phantom of the opera element to it and enjoyed Kathleen Woodiwiss's writting as always but..... ??? just can't put my finger on it. Oh well.
Okay - I enjoyed this purely for the pleasure of reading and not for anything other than my enjoyment book. I'm taking a small break from serious stuff mainly because I've become a political junkie and can't seem to not watch CNN or MSNBC for the overviews. So, I gotta go to something light when I get upset.

Pretty good.
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.
J'ai trouvé la toute fin un peu moins bien que le reste du livre, mais ce livre m'a réconcilié avec Kathleen Woodiwiss.
Finally! I think this book took me a good two weeks to read. Really would like to give it 3.5 stars. Longer than I like, it is about Erienne whose unloving father is trying to get her married off. He ends up auctioning her on the block just for money to pay his gambling debts and drinking. Her mother is dead and her brother was left with a bad arm when he defended the his father's honor, unjustifiably so.

Erienne is purchased by Lord Saxton who is a burn victim and covers his head with a leather
Regan Walker
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
E' un romanzo, questo della Woodiwiss, che cerca di celebrare uno dei temi più ricorrenti della narrativa romantica: l'amore fra la Bella e la Bestia.

Indubbiamente come sempre questa tematica ha una forte attrattiva nell'anima romantica delle lettrici, la bella della situazione che si ritrova incastrata in un matrimonio combinato in cui lui è tutt'altro che avvenente. Nello specifico è un uomo gravemente ferito e deforme a causa di un vecchio incidente e questo lo costringe a nascondersi sotto u
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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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