The Frost of Springtime

The Frost of Springtime

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by Rachel L. Demeter
     
 
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

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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 war, the seasons pass. And in that long year, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her age.

Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home” is gone, replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out of reach. Scarred inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart.

Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love.

Editorial Reviews

Divas Book Blog
"We are in awe. The Frost of Springtime, written by Rachel L. Demeter, is a MUST HAVE! Despite that we loved the true facts, we fell instantly in love with the story. It was dark, emotionally devastating, and sensual. The innocence between the two main characters was beautiful and their love grew so strong throughout the story with such grace. One of us even cried while reading The Frost of Springtime..."
Romancebookworm's Reviews
"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."
Magic Within the Pages
"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 down. I also loved how detailed the novel is."
Buried Under Romance
"The wistful loveliness of the setting paints a picture of a crying France, blending in with the dynamic romance perfectly. Or rather, it does not merely blend in the background as much as glitters like the brightest jewel, shining with a vibrancy that makes one want to relieve the halcyon days of grand old Paris. I was captivated by the setting, the lush writing of Rachel Demeter, and the subtle expressiveness of the characters, which all compelled me to research more of the historical background through which this story is made more infinitely dearer."

"I am astonished at this being Rachel Demeter's debut work, for in form and style, it is very much a tour de force. A riveting story of love and courage in the aftermath of a brutal war, the author brilliantly juxtaposes the hazing splendor of French nobility and the impassioned elegance of two people in love, despite all the world's oppositions. The title is, in a sense, a representation of change: the beginning of a new spring with La Belle Époque and the transition into a new era, for the world and our protagonists."

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“The Frost of Springtime, the debut novel by Rachel L. Demeter, is a gorgeous dark historical romance that captured my heart from the very first word.

It is highly historical full of rich imagery, accurate details and plenty of narrative to capture the essence of the time. The history in this historical romance is fascinating and I loved that Demeter took such care to develop the history as though the history itself was a character.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934912614
Publisher:
Black Lyon Publishing
Publication date:
02/14/2014
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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The Frost of Springtime 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
AshLilee More than 1 year ago
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 Aleksender is eventually taken away from home by the Franco-Prussian war and in the year that passes everything changes. Immediately captivated by the tragic brokenness of both the city of Paris and the characters I couldn’t help but fall deeply in love with this novel.  While Aleksender was away at war his presence was sorely missed by two women – Elizabeth, the wife he had married as part of an arranged marriage and whom he cared for but never loved and Sofia Rose, the young ward he had saved and who had transformed into a beautiful young dancer determined never again to lose her white knight. It’s a tragic story and Aleksender, our beautifully flawed hero, is torn between doing the right thing and following his heart and Aleksender isn’t exactly known for doing the right thing. Romance is not a favorite genre of mine but when I do read romance novels I look for romances like The Frost of Springtime. It is highly historical full of rich imagery, accurate details and plenty of narrative to capture the essence of the time. The history in this historical romance is fascinating and I loved that Demeter took such care to develop the history as though the history itself was a character.  The primary characters (Aleksender himself, his wife Elizabeth, his friend Christoph, his ward Sofia and his brother Richard) are all incredible. They are all so real, so developed and so perfectly flawed. I adore flawed heroes and heroines in novels as they become so much more authentic with their heavy imperfections. Aleksender is cynical and bitter; turned cold against a world that has done nothing but let him down. He is married to a kind and beautiful woman that he doesn’t love (through no fault of her own), his father has died leaving him the heir to a title and responsibility he doesn’t want, he fought in a war he wanted no part of and is scarred inside and out. His only joy comes from a beautiful young dancer that he isn’t supposed to love and who refuses to let him go. Sofia is determined to make Aleksender hers and bring an end to the cold winter in his heart. Can she do it? And what will happen to Elizabeth? It’s an amazing journey. Review by Ashley LaMar Closed the Cover
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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, yearnings, and frustration at every step. His path to healing was at times breathtaking and heartbreaking. This is a hero who loves his woman with every last breath, every fiber of his being...and there's nothing he wouldn't do for her. AMAZING cast of secondary characters as well...a "villain" who actually leaves you morally torn! So, so great! Beautifully written (loved the vivid imagery and descriptions!), dark, unusual, rich with history, epic scope, and a soul deep love that only comes once in a lifetime... Brava!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 let´s 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 their love...the city itself. We were more than happy the author took on a historical event that that actually happened! How often do any of you readers / bloggers get to read about the Paris Commune? That was way to cool to find such a brutal and short war combined with a lovestory. For those who don´t know what the Paris Commune was about...we recommend you start reading this book because it´s definitely more exciting to read the facts in here than in a history book. The author did a splendid job describing the event ( in it´s true form ) and even using the actual political participants who had their hands involved in matters back then. PERFECT! What more can we ask for? :-) Absolutely nothing!! Despite the fact that we loved the true facts, we fell instantly in love with the story. It was dark, emotionally devastating, and sensual. The innocence between the two main characters was beautiful and their love grew so strong thoughout the story with such grace. One of us even cried while reading The Frost Of Springtime. The main characters, Aleksender and Sofia, had both been through the deepest pits of hell. We fell in love with Aleksender the moment his character was introduced. He was a God-like handsome man who had a dull, dark life. He wasn´t happy with his wife, Elizabeth, and he carried more demons on his shoulders than one could imagine. Now....alot of Heros are broken. Yeah....we´ve read about all kinds of broken men. But, in our opinions, Aleksender was the only man we actually felt deeply sorry for. We felt his pain and we saw a side of a character that hasn´t been described before. The dark paths he walked made us believe he was on the brink of self- destruction ( which he was!) That was until he found the girl who would change his soul. Sofia was young and damaged when she was rescued by Aleksender. He became her guardian and with that...he took her under his wing and protected the girl who managed to awaken him. Sofia was described as a beautiful young woman who had the soul and beauty of an angel. Her spirit was filled with pure goodness and to top that...she was also a very talented dancer. Her love for her guardian became something different with time and both characters found themselves in an unfortunate situation. Aleksender was married, Sofia was his ward and so young. What would Paris´society have to say about them? And what about that awful 7 day war?! Also...if you believe this book is filled with all sorts of naughtly spankings, or with 154 " best orgasms EVER"..then you´re wrong. There is sex in this book, but it´s ( now please take a seat, people ) true sex. It´s sexy, it´s sensual, but it´s not sex-overload. WHICH IS A GOOD THING!! Let us all be honest here for a moment: How fat are chances that a couple will screw like bunnies while a war is running outside? The author made it clear that both the Paris Commune and the lovestory were equally important. We LOVED that! Rachel L. Demeter focused on the facts and turned everything into one huge dramatic, sob worthy, dark, brutal story with just as much love, passion and kindness. The frost Of Sprintime was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. When blood was shed, there was also love to heal the wounds. This book actually showed us how love and tragic go hand in hand and that love can actually be more powerful than any other emotion. We loved the cover, we loved the writing style, and we adored the characters. We fell in love, really hard. Now...even if you´re not a fan of Historical Romances....you need to read this book. It´s definitely worth it. We can, without a doubt, say that this book and author with not disappoint! Would be recommend this book? - What a stupid question. OF COURSE! A lovestory with great characters and real history in it? OH HELL YES! Would we re-read this book? - Haha....we´re re-reading it right now! Yes. We will probably never get bored with this story. The Divas are giving The Frost Of Springtime, by Rachel L. Demeter 5 out of 5 well deserved champagne glasses!
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
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 considerably younger and seen as his ward. Some readers might take issue with their forbidden love but I found the emotional upheaval engaging and their mutual pain kept me fully engrossed in the story. At story's start Aleksender is dark, moody, and cynical. He sees a brightness in Sofia, a love of life missing from his and he can't help but be drawn to her. He leaves her happy and safe to go to war and comes back even more damaged and with more obstacles keeping them apart than age and social status. Aleksender is even more dark and angry, scarred inside and out, because of all his responsibilities and he's tired of living his life as expected. Sofia continues to be his shining light and I can empathize with his feelings of being stifled and controlled by his title. She represents escape and carefree living and he's willing to toss away everything for her but is worried she doesn't care for him the way he does for her. It's a heartbreaking journey as they dance around their feelings for each other. Sofia started out life at the bottom of the social ladder when one moment of compassion changed everything. She suddenly lived in the lap of luxury with her savior the moody and angry Aleksender. She owed him everything and repaid him through her sweetness and light and carefree nature. She came to have a child's love for him but in the intervening years she sees him as a complicated man in need of saving. Their battle to be together is heartbreaking with lots of obstacles along the way that make the ending even richer. Theirs is a relationship full of sexual tension and sensual yearnings. Their journey to HEA is a tumultuous one with compelling secondary characters affecting their journey every step of the way. The author vividly depicts this unique historical period to make it larger than life but some readers might find it too descriptive. I ultimately applaud this author's debut read for its unique setting and unconventional pairing. The scenes and setting have an almost lyrical feel to them that will fully immerse readers into this forbidden romance and the talent on display here has me excited for what Ms. Demeter crafts next!
MissKaity More than 1 year ago
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 film. The love story between Sofia and Aleksender was such a beautiful one. They completed each other in all possible ways and when they were apart, you can feel the yearning that they felt, even if it wasn't stated. They simply were not complete without the other. Their is quite a gap in age between Sofia and Aleksender but it did not take away from the story for me because it was clear that they were destined for one another from the moment they met, when she was a little girl and he was already a young man. They only had to wait for one another and when they finally could show their love, all was right.  I adore historical romances and this book is probably the most historically detailed book I have ever read! I enjoyed the historical and detailed parts of the story as much as I did the romance. So much detail was given about the state of Paris during the revolutionary uproar in the book. I could feel the chaos and fear as I read each word. The descriptions were realistic and I learned quite a lot about the lifestyle and how war/revolutions in Paris took place and were conducted.  Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and I loved it! I adored the love story and I really wish I could read more about Aleksender and Sofia! The plot of the story is very captivating and it's definitely a page turner. The part of the book was especially captivating and very exciting, I couldn't put it down to see what would become of Aleksender and Sofia. The vivid description of the character's actions, thoughts and feelings, as well as the state of Paris and setting around them, truly brought this story to life and I am very glad that I delved into the world of Aleksender and Sofia!
MelannD More than 1 year ago
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 from this new very talented author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 foil to his torment. The way she brings him out of his shell and helps him find hope makes you believe in the power of love. Side point: Paris’s civil war and chaotic state echoes the main characters’ inner conflicts brilliantly. If you’re searching for something a bit different that's emotionally charged and full of memorable personalities, look no further.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Frost of Springtime is a powerful story of love, revolution, redemption, and hope. The story starts with Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre feels compassion for the young Sofia, and decides he will open up his home for her, and give the girl a place to stay. It may be a selfless choice, but in doing so, he also opens up his heart for the joy Sofia brings him. But when he’s out at war, his heart hardens when he faces life’s cruelties. Upon returning home, Sofia shines like a bright star, and he finds solace in her company, perhaps more than he’s willing to admit. The love and attraction between Alek and Sofia is definitely inspiring. Both characters come from different backgrounds, but they’ve both experienced heartbreak, cruelty, and the bad things the world has to offer. Their romance was heart-wrenching. With great, atmospheric writing, author Rachel L. Demeter makes Paris of the 1870s come alive.
Leah More than 1 year ago
Rachel L. Demeter is off to an amazing start with her debut novel “The Frost of Springtime”. She has poured her heart into creating an unconventional love story that is vividly sensual, beautiful yet disturbing. This up-and-coming talented author is one to watch!
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
It's been a little while since I read historical fiction/romance. The Frost of Springtime was a wonderful way to dip back into the genre. Set against the Paris Commune, this story is one of the redeeming power of love. Aleksender de Lefèvre, the Vicomte of Paris, has returned home from war feeling empty and defeated. He returns home to find the city he once loved in the midst of a brewing revolution. And he returns to find that his ward, Sophia Rose, has grown into an enchanting young woman. But Alek has many demons to fight and believes himself too broken for Sophia. Sophia Rose had suffered terribly until fate thrust Alek into her life. Being raised from then on in his care, she's grown into a talented ballerina. There has always been a special bond between she and Alek. Sophia's gusto for life brings out the compassion in Alek. When he returns home from the war, they both know things have changed between them. The love story between Alek and Sophia was touching. It grew so naturally, each giving the other something they needed. They each completed the the other. Their journey wasn't an easy one - there were many obstacles in their way - not the least of which being Alek's belief he was unworthy of Sophia. The brewing trouble in Paris paralleled the love story nicely. The way in which Alek ignored what was going on around him politically matched the way in which he ignored the personal developments. The turmoil roiling in Paris mirrored Alek's inner turmoil.  I'm ashamed to admit I don't recall learning about this particular time in French history, but I felt Ms. Demeter used it well as a setting. I was a bit confused by Alek's comrade Christophe's role in the Commune and the motives driving him. I'm still uncertain as to whether or not he accomplished his goals where Alek was concerned, but I choose to believe he did. I delighted in Ms. Demeter's use of The Nightingale and the Rose and The Story of Eros and Psyche in conveying Alek and Sophia's story. As with the revolution, these stories were apt in relation to the obstacles Alek and Sophia faced. As I have no prior knowledge of these events in history, at least that I can remember, I can only say Ms. Demeter did a brilliant job in conveying the atmosphere of a troubled Paris. I did feel that at times her prose was a bit too flowery - too much metaphor was used. And some of the dialog felt too modern in places. Otherwise, I quite enjoyed this take of star-crossed lovers in a Paris divided. **I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of hosting this book as part of a book blast earlier this year, so when the opportunity came to review it, I knew I had to. Set shortly after the Franco-Prussian War's end, The Frost of Springtime focuses on the civil unrest in Francis, and especially Paris, and the repercussions. Vitcomte Aleksender de Lefèvre has never truly loved anyone, not until one faithful night when he happens to encounter a child in her darkest moments. Drawn by the wretched circumstances of the child's life, Aleksender makes it a point to adopt the child and sponsor her in the life of Paris so she might have a fresh start. Years pass, and of course Sophia cannot remain a child forever. Upon returning from the Franco-Prussian war, Alek is greeted with a blossoming young ward who's love for him is not quite as proper as it should be. Add that in with rising anxieties and fears of the elite, the growing rebellion of the common people, and the loveless marriage at home; Alexsender is torn between what he loves and the responsibilities his title as Comte leave him struggling under. Demeter's writing is fantastic, engaging and complex yet easy enough for readers to immerse themselves into the story line. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good book to read about the politics of 1870s France (in fictional terms of course) and to all of those who adore historical romances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
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. I also liked how he fought his feelings for Sofia, there was a constant struggle going on, and Alek tried to deny his feelings constantly, which made for an interesting dynamic. I kind of felt sorry for Elizabeth though, Alek’s wife. He didn’t love her, since they were married in an arranged marriage, but he didn’t wish her ill either. He just fell in love with another woman. This makes Alek a more troublesome character to understand – sometimes he acted arrogant and selfish toward his wife. He idolized Sofia, made her into the kind of woman she could never truly be, a goddess, a woman that isn’t real. And by turning her into that, no other woman could ever compete. It makes for interesting character development though. The setting was France at the time of the Franco-Prussian war. I loved the setting, and found it very intriguing, and well-described. I could picture myself back in the Paris Commune of 1871, alongside the characters. While some might find there’s slightly too much hisotrical information, I didn’t mind – I like books in which I can learn a thing or two, even in fiction. The Frost of Springtime offers a heart-breaking romance story in an intriguing historical setting with dynamic, interesting main characters. Ideal for fans of historical romance. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 young writer as she images for us a dramatic narrative. We should all breathlessly await her next novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 made a fine setting for a historical romance fiction. I am certainly looking forward to Ms. Demeter's next book!!! This is the kind of book you can curl up with and not put down until your finished
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So vivid, beautiful and amazing! A truly unique and heart wrenching story that'll steal your breath away from page 1. 
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
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, besides the taboo nature of their relationship, Alek’s wife. I’m not a big historical romance buff, but I was really intrigued by the description of this book. I’m really glad I went outside of my book comfort zone for this, because it was an awesome read. The author not only manages to create an interesting and taboo dynamic between the two main characters, but the back drop in 19th century France is front and center as well. The political unrest there at the time is so well combined and intertwined with the love story that I just couldn’t read it fast enough. I thought it was so cool that a real historical event was detailed along with Alek and Sofia’s story. Also, the arc of the romance between Alek and Sofia is both devastating and beautiful. Even though their relationship was not traditional, I could not help but want them to be together. Their love story is quite the ride. The story is written beautifully, I was truly blown away. If you have not read this book yet, you must. Even if you, like me, aren’t that into historical you should branch out for this. Incredible story with incredible writing that I absolutely was taken by. 5 stars. Reviewed by Sara for Crystal's Many Reviewers
Bookworm1310 More than 1 year ago
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. If you don't like being sucked into books and feeling what the characters are feeling then don't read this book. I had to force myself to put this book down just to make dinner and I thought about it the entire time. Rachel writes such a beautiful tale, you can see Paris, feel what Sofia and Alek feel. Now if you can't get over the age difference or the fact that Alek raised Sofia then this isn't for you. But if you love the balance between romance and tragedy before the beautiful conclusion then this is for you. I look forward to reading more from Rachel in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, the history, the characters and it was hard to put down. A refreshing new author I'll be sure to read her next book. 
CeeCeeLawson1 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest and unscripted review. 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 though they were meant to be published together. I admire this creative approach, because of its foreboding nature, not in spite of it. It’s beautiful! I loved it! I must warn: Some may find the age difference, or circumstances, between the hero and heroine offensive. It’s a historically known fact that older men married younger women, cousins married cousins, and children were betrothed, and then married off to benefit the family. I’m not saying I condone this behavior, I’m just saying that all of this was considered the norm back then. If reading Historical Fiction is too much like reading a textbook for you, this will not be your cup of tea. There’s so much more to this story, but I’m not one for spoilers!