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Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre has been granted what every man wants: a rich English estate in exchange for his valiant service at the Battle of Hastings. To claim this reward, the Norman knight must wed the estate's Saxon heiress. Most men would leap at such an opportunity, but for Alain, who broke his vow to his dying mother by failing to protect his youngest brother i ...more
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Published July 1st 2014 (first published June 20th 2014)
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Dianne
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing feels quite so romantic as traveling back in time when knights had honor and would brave anything for king and country. And the women? Few were as gentile and fragile as we would like to believe. When a Norman knight is promised the hand of a Saxon lady as part of his reward, they both have misgivings, he for failing to keep a promise, she for detesting the thought of belonging to a countryman of her brother’s killer. Duty is duty and both are prepared to do whatever they must. But Alain ...more
Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

While the title, Snow in July, did not entice me, the book description did, so I decided to give this a read. I love novel set in the medieval period, especially ones involving the Battle of Hastings. I became immediately engaged since the book’s opening scene is in the midst of that battle. I love it when a book drops me in the middle of action right away.

Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre is a troubled man. While he wants to serve his king, he does not feel he is worthy of the hon
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Wendy Ewurum
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Snow in July is a great historical paranormal.

Alain is a Knight forced into marriage by the Norman King, who has just won the Saxon thrown.

Instead of going to introduce himself to the family, Alain, together with his best friend decide to go undercover as different characters which in itself leads to a the development of a complex situation.

On top of this they have to deal with a kidnapping of the intended bride, unexplained paranormal events and medical challenges that can only have plagued med
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Sara
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



I enjoyed reading this historical romance book. Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre has seen a lot and been through some rather ugly battles for his king. He has his demons of having issues with not protecting his brothers like he should have, even though it was not his fault. He is given a request from the king that he marry a certain girl and receives the estate, because of his bravery and honor for the king. Most men would be delighted to receive a bride and and land, but he is not your normal k
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Floryie
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book because it was classified as YA medieval paranormal romance, all of them my favourite genres. I agree with the medieval romance aspect and the paranormal to a tiny bit but I would never call it YA though. I am not sure which part made them think it's suitable for YA. It might be suitable for them but not wholly acceptable for them.

Aside from that, I have no complaints with the book. I loved the story and the characters. Alain was not what I expected. I was thinking that he w
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Petula
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre is a Norman fighting at the battle of Hastings. After witnessing the death of his brother he is severely wounded. The new King William rewards him with the deed to an estate and the daughter of the estate's present Lord as his bride. No-one refuses such a reward from the King, but Sir Robert puts off claiming it as long as he can. When be discovers bandits are robbing and murdering in the area he knows he can't delay any longer.
Lady Kendra Waldronsdotter is a Sa
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Jill Roberts
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
How could one not love this novel by Kim Iverson Headlee? Snow in July has everything a reader could want, Romance, Intrigue, History, Magic, and most of all (for us Arthurian lovers) a knight in shining armor! The story is set during the Normans and Saxons, which in itself, the history is a character that parallels the novel. In the midst of everything, our star-crossed lovers have to overcome thievery, beasts, and dangerous sorcery, however the biggest obstacle of all is their intense feelings ...more
Kristin & Sue Ellen ~ GirlyGirlBookReviews
The author has a way with her writing that will pull her readers into the story that she has created. I completely fell in love with this from the beginning. The plot was very believable and descriptive to know what was going on. I really enjoyed the characters especially Kendra and Alain. I mean how would you feel after being forced into a marriage and finding out the things she did about the man you were going to marry. I think she took it a lot better than I would. However, when dangers start ...more
Doris
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a great read! As you start the story you are instantly pulled into a new time period, and the whole ourse of the story you are aware of it and you can feel how it would have been.
Kendra and Alian are characters that you can really get behind and I love the dynamic between the two of them throughout.
The story progresses at first without her really knowing who he is, as he is there scoping out the territory....her HA! She feels like s
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Jayne dArcy
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Diane
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Received a complimentary copy of the book to read and review.I must admit first and foremost that I don’t usually read historical romance but this one was an exception. When I read the blurb for it I knew I had to. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. It’s a real page turner. It has some great twists and turns. It will appeal to all readers who love a good book. I love the world and the characters that Kim created with this one. The plot is great. I highly recommend it be added to y ...more
Wanda
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The characters and the plot sucked me right in. Kendra and Alian have a attraction from their very first meeting. I think the author does a great job of setting and keeping to the time period. I really liked how you knew that even though you were reading everything in English the book made sure you knew they were speaking other languages. Faith, Love , Loyalty are all tested, can Kendra keep her promise to her dying brother? I was sad to leave there story behind.
A. McCarty
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imaginative Dreams Review: Absolute Must Read!

This book was very good. Nothing like I expected it to be. I would recommend it to those who loves to have their selves pulled in immediately. It is for those who want something they absolutely CAN NOT put down. I loved it from beginning to end and will make plans to re-read as soon as I get the chance.
Kim Headlee
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A novel that began life as a collaborative effort last millennium is available at long last! The other writer, a dear friend of mine, had to bow out for personal reasons, but she gave me her blessing to finish our fun little tale, and this is the memorable result.

I hope you enjoy my first foray into the realm of historical paranormal romance!

Stories make us greater,
Kim Headlee
Cathy Henderson
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first supernatural romance and I was impressed. The characters are well developed. Snow in July was a poignant love story. The plot took some twists and turns which kept you wanting to read more to see if Kendra would find (and keep) her true love. The reference to the white and red roses and their recurring theme brought consistent threads to the tale. Recommend it!
Crystal
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am very happy that I won this book,it was a great read and well written.At times I found myself not being able to put it down.I cant wait to read more from this author :)
Amanda Villhauer
If you’re looking for a romance with the drama and angst you need this is the book. Sir Robert, a Norman is ordered by the king to marry Kendra, a Saxon noblewoman. Sir Robert feels that he failed to keep an important vow previously and would be unable to fill the vow of marriage. Kendra’s brother was killed by a mysterious Norman, and as a result has refused to marry any Norman, even though it was ordered by the king. This leads to a man pretending to be someone he is not, a woman who learns sh ...more
M.C. Simon
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A direct descendent of 20th century Russian nobility and married with a descendent of the 7th-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia… my mind was hooked by Kim Iverson Headlee, long before reading her first book.

When I had the chance to read Snow in July, the hook became a powerful harpoon. I felt this from the very first moment and while starting to read the book, I realized that it would unfold deeper and deeper. The author possesses the gift to keep you locked in with her b
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Elaine Folger
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads contest in return for an honest review. Having said that, I read this book in one sitting because I wanted to find out what was going to happen to Kendra & Alain. It's really well written,has believable characters who for the most part are likeable. There's plenty of action and romance. I don't want to spoil the plot ,so I'll just say I truly wanted to see if the young couple get together by the end of the book. If you like historical romance, you will enjoy th ...more
Denise Woodruff
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you go by the title of the book you may think it's not going to be good and you would be wrong..i finished it in a night I wouldn't put it down
Maria
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review and rated it 4 out of 5 stars.

An Anglophile since childhood, I jumped at the chance to read and review Snow in July by Kim Iverson Headlee because of the historical period and setting. Set in the 11th Century, during the battle of Hastings, Ms. Headlee’s story is filled with knights, ladies, battle scenes, magic, and political upheaval. If you’re a fan of Medieval history and romance, then this is
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Miriam
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Is it selfish to want happiness when one is called to fulfilled their duty? What of the emotions and doubts one bears? Are they ignored for the sake of duty? Or are they acted on?

Kendra and Alain are both grieving, she for her brother and he for a broken promise. Obligation has already bound them together. Fulfillment has yet to take place. Deception keeps them from really knowing one another and could, in the end, bring about more pain than happiness. But if it helps Alain get to know his soon-
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Kim Headlee
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Longtime fans of my work know that I love playing with legends, and in that regard Snow in July is no different.

In addition to mentioning the local tradition that associates King Arthur with Glastonbury—though his alleged grave would not be discovered at the abbey for another century beyond the lifetimes of Kendra and Alain—I adapt the legend that the wounded King Harold Godwinson survived the Battle of Hastings and lived out his remaining days as a one-eyed monk.

The primary liberties I took we
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Debbie
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.

Alain is given and English estate as reward for helping William win at Hastings. He is also given the daughter of the Thane of the estate as his bride. Kendra doesn't want to amrry anyone, much less a Norman, the same race of man who murdered her brother.

But darker forces are at work, and Alain and Kendra are thrown together then forced apart. And those Kendra trusted, betray her.

Historical romance is not usually my thing, but I said yes
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Angela Withrow TheArdentReader
Beautiful story!!
Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre is a hero in most people eyes but his own.
He is in anguish because he feels responsible for his brothers death in battle.
The King does not see "Alain" in this light, however, he sees him as his own hero and someone he can trust. With this trust in mind, the King grants him
a betrothal to a Saxon heiress. This marriage will come with a title and lands. But there is trouble on this land, rumors and evidence of smugglers. The King wants Alain to inv
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Cathy Brockman
Sir Robert is given a duke's daughter as a way to show peace between the Saxons and Normons. He has been betrayed by his fiance that left him for his half brother that has a title and money. He doesn't want an arranged marriage but wants to see if he can win the damsel's heart. Once he sees Kendra he is smitten but still wants her to love him.

Kendra has made a vow to her dying brother to find happiness. Yet she has made a vow to not marry a man from Normandy that was responsible for her brother'
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Dayna Leigh
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of Snow in July, by Kim Iverson Headlee

On the battlefield at Hastings in 1066, Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre, a younger son, watches in horror as his younger brother dies, helpless to do anything about it.

King William rewards Sir Robert for his bravery on the battlefield with the estate at Edgarburh, along with the hand in marriage of Lady Kendra, daughter of the Thane of Edgarburh. Sir Robert wants neither, especially the woman.

Lady Kendra is likewise not interested in Sir Robert – o
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Mave
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 105challenge12
It 's a good historical novel, with an intriguing love story, lots of action and plot twists, adventure, a bit of paranormal and magic.
It's set after the battle of Hastings where Kendra and Sir Robert have lost both a brother. They feel guilty for not having protected them enough. William the Conqueror reward Sir Robert, alias Alain, for the help in the battle giving him the land of kendra's father and he was offered the girl as wife. How can Kendra marry the murderess of her brother? She will m
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Julianne Redmon
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again I am surprised by how much I like one of Headlee's novels. She always manages to take a story that I'm not sure I could be interested in and brings me into a world of multifaceted characters and detailed scenery. I'm constantly left with a feeling that I want to BE in the time/place that are the settings of her stories. I have never liked the time of lords and ladies, knights and kings so well as I do when immersed in her worlds.

Well-developed characters in Alain and Kendra truly carry th
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Alice Taylor
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is about Alain, also known as Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre knight of Normandy. The book is set right after the Battle of Hastings. The other main character is Kendra, Lady Kendra of Edgarburh. Both have lost their brother through the recent fighting and they are on opposite sides of the conflict, at least they seem to be. The King of England in an effort to restore peace has decreed marriages between his loyal knights and local Ladies and noblewomen in an effort to bring everyone
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