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The Frost of Springtime

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  315 ratings  ·  58 reviews
To rescue her was to rescue his own soul.

On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, rescuing her from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.

But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian w
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published February 14th 2014 by Black Lyon Publishing
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Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 I am yours and you are mine stars

"You showed me peace, showed me that beauty could be found within darkness. You, Alek, gave me reason to be happy"

So I have to admit, for a debut novel, Rachel L. Demeter KILLED IT. Seriously. Even though it was her first book, it was written beautifully and the story line piqued my interest throughout the entire book. She tied the unrest in Paris at the time into the romance and I thought she dclass="gr-hostedUserImg">
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Paris – When Alekander de Lefèvre encountered a young girl being sold into a pleasure house, he felt a moment of compassion and took in young Sofia, whose tenacity at life suddenly filled the emptiness within his heart. No matter that he breathed cynicism, apathy, and the harsh realities of life, she alone brought him back from an abyss of solicitude.

The time is now 1871, a ravaged Paris in political turmoil post its defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (I sugges
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! The Frost of Springtime is a powerful, epic love story unlike anything I've ever read before. The emotional and visual/sensory depth is astounding. I felt Alek and Sofia's connection from beginning to end....and what a profound connection it was. Soulful, heart-wrenching, heartwarming, and yes - forbidden. And it's this forbidden aspect that makes it all the sweeter. Sofia and Alek's love went far beyond lust and took my breath away. Loved how tortured Alek was...I felt his pain, agony, ye ...more
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Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A heartfelt THANK YOU to every person who's read The Frost of Springtime—despite whether it was your cuppa tea or not. Thank you for taking a chance on a new author and an unconventional story. Each of you are an inspiration and have allowed me to realize my dream. Writing this book was an intense, emotional journey, and I'm honored to share it with you. ♥
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away how Rachel L. Demeter took these two tortured souls, Alek and Sofia and so skillfully put life, passion, blood back into their veins. She knows how to probe the deep, dark recesses to achieve the redemptive qualities she wants to capture. She delivered on all counts, there was good character development, suspense, intrigue, shock, horror and enough ooh la la for a sizzling romance. I love being transported back in time and Paris late 1800's during the revolution/siege definitely ...more
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m so excited to have found this talented new author!!! This book is a stunning, unique story of impossible love against a breathtaking historical backdrop. I was hooked from page 1 all the way until the moving conclusion. (*here comes the happy tears*) Alek and Sofia’s connection was so powerful, so heartwrenching and so consuming……ackk!..... This couple will seriously take your breath away. I have a huge thing for flawed heroes.....and Alek was so wonderfully haunted… much in need of Sofi ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it. Dynamic, complex characters, rich setting, and a killer plot. From each and every character, to the depiction of Paris's ravaged streets, this story is incredibly unique and far from an atypical romance.

I especially appreciated the heartfelt depiction of Aleksender’s PTSD. It’s a difficult topic to tackle, and the author really brings his inner turmoil and despair vividly to life. You can’t help but feel his pain and yearn to see him recover. Sofia is a strong fo
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This novel is intricately detailed and wonderfully written!

Opening with a heartbreaking scene, I was immediately drawn to the story of Aleksender and his Sofia. Of course, as the story moved on, other enchanting characters helped to make this poignant book complete.

The author has blended historical facts with fiction skillfully, and presented several narratives flawlessly. I was impressed how well Ms. Demeter implemented Oscar Wilde’s tale “The Nightingale and the Rose”; it feels as
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Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing

We are in awe. The Frost Of Springtime, written by Rachel L. Demeter is a MUST HAVE!
First off…most Historical Romance books take place in England. Which is perfectly fine, but lets face it…
England in the 19th century was kind of stiff. France, on the other hand, is and has always been a country
that lived. And to narrow it all even more down…Paris has always been a city that was filled with all sorts of
people. People who would have done everything for
Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
The year is 1871.
And Paris is not what it once had been.
For the government is collapsing and the rebels are rising.


The Frost of Springtime is a devastatingly beautiful pas de deux of two star-crossed lovers that were brought together by fate but kept apart by reality.


Act I
“For the first time he inhaled her unique scent. Roses and the frost of wintertime.”

Sophia Rose was merely a child when her despicable mother tried selling her to a brothel and on the very night of this attempted transaction, Aleksender happened to be at the same brothewintertime.”
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Demeter has an incredible gift for creating vivid scenes alive to all the senses. She has an equally remarkable ability to recreate with historical accuracy a time and place that actually occurred. Intelligence and passion come together in this gifted writer as she imagines for us a dramatic narrative. We should all breathlessly await her next novel.
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Frost of Springtime, the debut novel by Rachel Demeter, is a gorgeous dark historical romance that captured my heart from the very first word. On a cold Parisian night the novel’s tortured hero, Aleksender de Lefèvre, rescues a poor abused girl from being sold to a pleasure house by her own mother thus making a decision that would haunt him and change his life forever. Young Sofia Rose becomes his ward and Aleksender swears to protect, care for and raise the young girl. Unfortunately Aleksen ...more
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a positively enchanting story! At times, it leaves you feeling breathless... I absolutely loved every single character! Ms Demeter's writing is beautiful and eloquent. This is one of the most riveting, captivating and seductive love stories I've ever read!
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Frost in Springtime by Rachel L. Demeter is a 2014 Black Lion Publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

   And a delicate flush of pink came into the leaves of the rose,
like the flush in the face of the bridegroom when he kisses the lips of the bride.
But the thorn had not yet reached her heart, so the rose's heart remained white,
for only a Nightingale's heart's-blood can crimson the heart of a rose. - From the Nightingale and
the R
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love tales of forbidden or taboo love! Oh, be still my beating heart. And this book is all about the taboo love affair.
Sofia is saved by Aleksender from certain doom. Being sold to a brothel as a child, he saves her from that fate and helps nurture her into a beautiful young woman. Alek goes off to war and is thought to be dead. When he returns, he first goes to Sofia. She’s ecstatic he alive and he can’t deny the feelings he harbors inside for this young woman. There is but one issue, b
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Romantic, historical novel about a forbidden love! What a wonderfully written book, I couldn't put it down. The beautiful connection between Alek and Sofia and the dramas that unfolded throughout the story, kept me absolutely captivated. I loved reading this book and would happily read another by Rachel L. Demeter.
*I received a copy from the author for an honest review.
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!!! I was blown away by this beautifully written story of Alek and Sofia's forbidden love!!!! Besides having two riveting main characters, the story was full of interesting secondary characters and rich in history. I enjoyed every minute of this intricately detailed and epic love story unlike anything I've ever read before. This is by far the best historical novel I have read this year.....I can't believe this is a debut novel!! Rachel L. Demeter has set the bar high....I can't wait to read ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

After finishing The Frost of Springtime by Rachel Demeter I found myself with mixed feelings. Ms. Demeter is obviously a skilled writer but there were definite problems with the book.

From the opening prologue, I was fascinated by the tale of a young, beaten girl dropped off at a brothel by her own mother in order to sell her. The she was
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished reading this book and I must say that it is a beautiful story about love, life and sacrifice. From the first page, I was already lured in. The details of the setting were so beautiful written, I can see, hear and feel everything Aleksender felt, even when walking through the dark streets of Paris! The entire book was beautiful written and captivating. The amazing detail make the story flow so smoothly and realistically, it created beautiful visuals in my mind, just like a fi ...more
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I have a soft spot for broken, tortured souls. Even from the moment I first encountered Aleksender de Lefèvre and Sofia Rose in The Frost of Springtime, I knew they’d be the kind of characters that would tickle my soft spot – and they are. Sofia was my favorite of both of them – she was so innocent, so pure, I could not help but like her. Alek is a more troubled character, less black-white, a lot more grey. In a way, this makes him more intriguing.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Chance brought them together. A moment of mercy linked their futures. Ardent affection healed their hearts and forever entwined their fates.

Tormented by personal demons, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre, takes passing interest in a kindred spirit and shelters an abused child from the misery and neglect of life in a Parisian brothel. Years later, determined to deliver her savior from the purgatory of his waking nightmares, Sophia Rose dares offer
First off let me clarify that I received a free PDF of this book in exchange for an honest review. Bottom line: amazing. This phenenomal story is set in Paris, post Franco-Prussian War, and Alek, the Comte, is suffering from PTSD. He finds comfort in the arms of a young lady, Sofia. Since he is a noble and she, his ward, he struggles to not succumb to his inner desires. Alek rescued her from an abusive mother and life as a harlot and now Sofia wishes to rescue him from the darkness within him. I ...more
Magic Within the Pages
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewer: Elaina - Magic Within The Pages
Rating: 5 Stars

I absolutely love this book. The Frost of Springtime shows how love and tragedy go hand in hand and that love can actually be more powerful than anything. I have found that most books do not hit this point right on the nail like this one does. It's a Historical Romance and let me just tell you this is one book I couldn't put done. I also loved how detailed the novel is.

*ARC recevied in exchange for an honest re
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading so many historicals I've found that the best ones put readers through the emotional wringer through engrossing characters and heart wrenching events. In The Frost of Springtime readers are put through a dramatic saga that covers years in the life of a man haunted by darkness who comes home from war even more scarred than before. His only hope for happiness is in a young girl he saved from prostitution whose relationship with him is considered taboo as he's married and she's conside ...more
I received the Frost of Springtime as an advanced reader copy in Kindle format from the talented Rachel L. Demeter. I was intrigued by the description of the book and got even more excited after exchanging a few messages back and forth with Rachel in which I immediately liked her style.

I have to admit that I was a little hesitant because I was expecting this to be a romance book. Let me feign ignorance here because my only encounters in the past with romance novels have been in the more harlequ
Loraine Oliver
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Loraine by: Amazon
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The Frost of Springtime is an amazing book that takes place during the Franco Prussian War, inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, before and after and tells of a love that transcends years. This book was very emotional for me as I love reading historical fiction, and this may have been a romance, but it was a historical romance with so much more.

The characters were all well developed and each one had a part in this story, in how they were involved with the main character through war ti
Regan Walker
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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3 and 1/2 Stars - Depressing Story of Forbidden Love in the Time of the Paris Commune

Set in Paris in 1871, this is the story of Aleksender, Comte de Lefevre, and Sophia Rose, a throwaway child he rescued when she was a youth, and their illicit love in the time of the Paris Commune when revolutionaries briefly controlled the city.

Alek returns from the Franco Prussian War with his friend, Christophe, only to discover the city in ruins. Sophia, now 19, has become a prima ballerina, mor
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’ve been on a huge historical kick – and I’ve been inundated with stories that seem to revolve around the London Season, Demeter went into a different direction and brought us to 1871 Paris, in the midst of the political turmoil and rebuilding after the war.

Paris is, was, and possibly will always be a city that inspires the hedonist in all of us, and those fortunate or unfortunate enough to be in the mix most certainly have stories to tell.

Historically accurate and well-described and written
Ruth Hill
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Historical romances that are rich in description are something that I always appreciate. Add delightful characters and a time period that is intriguing and it is definitely a recipe for success. I honestly adored the story, setting, and the historical setting of this book. The profanity was practically nonexistent, but there are plenty of juicy, intimate details that sometimes became a bit much for me. But that does not affect the rating of this deeply touching story.

For me, the stor
Jen Davis
I tried. But there is way too much narrative. Virtually nothing happening... then to find out the hero is married and falling for his adopted daughter. I can't.
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