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A Rose in Winter

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  10,356 ratings  ·  560 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 December 1982)
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Apr 19, 2013 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
Stacey is Sassy
I'm out of practice...

I really enjoyed my step back in time reading A Rose in Winter but it also brought back a horrific memory. I have loved historical romances for many years and would save up every dollar I had to buy more. I look back at that time with fondness and even wish I could get back to that time where life didn't have as many interruptions. The horrific part of that memory...I gave away all my paperback's when I got married. I mistakenly thought *I have the love of my life in front
Jan 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, favorites
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
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-hist
<> Reread in July 2018 <>

Fast paced story of Erienne Fleming, impoverished daughter of Mawbry's mayor. She bears a resemblance to Catherine from Taming of the Shrew at the start, but very quickly it becomes obvious with the cards she's been dealt in life that it really isn't surprising.

Swords, fire, murder, mayhem, auctioned female, Georgian extravagance and true love. *sigh* Good stuff.

I have found my rose in winter. You are my own precious love, promised to me evermore.

Woodiwiss had a go
Regan Walker
A Choice Between Love and Honor in a Great Georgian Romance!

Kathleen Woodiwiss has written some truly great romances. She was a great storyteller. 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, this is the story of the Sexton noble family, whose lord and his eldest son were killed for their wealth and lands. Now the young lord, who succeeded his father, has
I have to admit, I have more tolerance regarding H/h behavior in HR books, especially when the setting were before 19th century, than CR books.

This author’s H can be very awful sometimes, so it was a pleasant surprise when the hero(es) in this story is the opposite 😍.

So, this is a very lovely read with an interesting plot.
I found out from a tweet in twitter and I already knew what’s happening but because of it I want to read this book ☺️.

I wasn’t disappointed with the story, the only thing that
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
Jun 07, 2012 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
Regan Walker
A Choice Between Love and Honor in a Great Georgian Romance!

Kathleen Woodiwiss has written some truly great romances. She was a great storyteller. 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, this is the story of the Sexton noble family, whose lord and his eldest son were killed for their wealth and lands. Now the young lord, who succeeded his father, has
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
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. ...more
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
Sheila Majczan
Mar 16, 2017 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. ...more
Elise Wilson
Apr 04, 2011 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,
Jan 02, 2009 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 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
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really don't understand why I went through with this to the end. It was predictable and boring (most of the time at least) and so freaking cliche that at one point I had a feeling I should just throw the book out the window and be done with it.

Of course, I made the mistake of selecting this book to keep me company on my five hour train ride, and since no one else in the whole bloody compartment had the goodwill to let me borrow one of their books to keep me sane, I simply had to cope with fini
Aug 20, 2008 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
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
A Rose in Winter is a splendid Beauty and the Beast homage that is a classic in its own right. Fairy tale retellings can be hard to pull off, but well-played, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss! Woodiwiss transports the reader to an idyllic setting of medieval-ish England. Eirenne Fleming's loutish father has sold her in marriage to the highest bidder, and it is Lord Saxton, a man physically damaged after being caught in a horrific fire at his manor a few years ago, and now covers himself from head to toe. L ...more
Maureen Feeney
Feb 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
J.C. Cassels
Oct 02, 2011 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
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First, it's not a predictable love story- this book had depth. Ignore the comparison to a Disney story, this ain't it!

One bothersome item: my personal preference tends to rise and set around the Historical Fiction genre. therefore, verbiage/tone didn't fit the time period /location wise. (try a mix of western slang w/pinch of traditional Regent Euro romance book style)
Then again, *shrugs* it was a damn good story. Even if the wording and slang didn’t match the location of the characters.

Kathie (katmom)
May 19, 2011 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
Valerie Bowman
Someday I hope to be able to pull off a plot like this one.
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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 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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Oct 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
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*** 10 stars read ***

If I could give this book 10 stars I definitely would! It was enthralling in every way possible, the storyline, characters, the love, the emotions,the humour, the prose... I simply could not put this novel down and it kept me reading very late into the night. For me, this is a sign of a 5 ++ star read right away! I loved how Kathleen Woodiwiss was able to give us a very unique love story and at the same time weave into it mystery, action, suspense, and humour. All the elemen
May 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was Kathleen Woodwiss's Beauty and the Beast book. Erienne's father gave her hand in marriage to the richest lord in the land, Lord Saxon. Rumors abound about him being half beast and half man. As Erienne finds the courage to go fourth with the marriage in order to save her family, she has to let go the secret in her heart where Christopher Seaton, sassy Yankee that he is, had started to make a place for himself. On the other, Erienne finds herself finding herself having feeling for her rav ...more
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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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