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Posted December 23, 2013
A WARRIOR FOR CHRISTMAS is a sweet historical romance set in the Philadelphia countryside in 1764 during the holidays. Although a novella, characterization and relationships were solidly developed and evolved as the story progressed. As a reader that craves action, I wanted more in terms of external conflict—a fistfight or a duel would have sufficed. (The novella does contain one of the most charged dancing scenes I've ever encountered in a romance novel). Instead of action, the story relies heavily upon mechanisms of internal conflict to carry the plot through to its HEA-conclusion.
Our hero, Corwin Whitfield, was raised by Shawnee Native Americans when warriors killed his parents at the age of 14. The fact that he seemed to have lived as a freeman instead of a slave to the people who captured him made me curious but the issue wasn't addressed in any depth. Backstory is what it should be: brief. Instead, Corwin's love of the wilderness and his craving for the freedom of a frontier lifestyle play into the uncertainty of whether he would eventually leave or remain on his uncle's estate to which he is heir.
Dimity Scott is also an orphan and the ward of Corwin's uncle. Most remarkable about this lovely heroine is her deafness due to Scarlet Fever. How she deals with her disability makes for an interesting part of the story. I really loved how vivid descriptions of other sensory components were from her perspective. Generally, I'm a reader of paranormal and contemporary fiction, so Dimity was a bit reserved for my taste.
The hero and heroine share wonderful chemistry and I enjoyed their interaction, especially the stolen kisses in the barn. I loved how they communicated in the dark when Dimity wasn't able to read lips because it was so intimate. Love scenes are sweet and aching in the want of one another.
Beth Trissel delivers a wonderful historical Christmas romance that will capture the reader's imagination. Gorgeous sensory details & excellent scene setting. The few secondary characters are well described and serve to further the romance. When I reached the last page, I really wanted the story to go on a while longer.
An ARC was received.
Posted January 17, 2013
I don’t read many historical romance books these days. In my late teens and early twenties – well before I reached the point of being slightly jaded about real-life romance – they were a staple in my library. Then life happened in the form of devastating break-ups and abuse of my trusting nature, and I set historical romance books aside.
I’m still slightly jaded, but now I view historical romance books in a different way. Instead of wishing for that hero to sweep me off my feet, I’ve discovered that they’re a great way to relive the innocence of my youth when life was always an adventure and love was grand and always just around the corner.
I thank author Beth Trissel for that. Beth and I met online some years ago – I don’t remember how or why – but it was Beth who re-introduced me to historical romance. So when I had a chance to review her new novella, A Warrior for Christmas, I jumped at the chance.
A Warrior for Christmas centers around a romance between Dimity – the deaf ward of Randolph Whitfield – and Corwin Whitfield – the nephew of the aforementioned Mr. Whitfield who has returned from a childhood living with Native Americans. He’s understandably unsure about being re-introduced to a life of privilege and isn’t sure he’ll like it at all, much less want to stay as his uncle expects.
Then he meets Dimity and, as happens in romance novels, Corwin begins to question who he is and what he wants. And when a rival shows up... well, that helps sort things out.
What I love most about Beth’s writing is the innocence of her stories. While I’m not opposed to graphic sex scenes, I don’t want to read them all the time. Sometimes I want something that’s sweet and good-natured and that lets my imagination wander to all the right places. With so much going on in my real life these days, getting to read A Warrior for Christmas was exactly what I needed.
Posted December 28, 2013
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