A Rose in Winter

A Rose in Winter

by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
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A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

The fairest flower in Mawbry is Erienne Fleming, the enchanting, raven-haired daughter of the village mayor. Charming, spirited and exquisitely lovely, she is beset on all sides by suitors, any one of whom would pay a king's fortune for a place in her heart. But Erienne has eyes for only one: the dashing and witty young Yankee, Christopher Seton.

But marriage for love is not to be, for her irresponsible and unscrupulous father, crippled by gambling debts, is intent on auctioning off his beautiful daughter to the highest bidder. And in the end, Erienne is devastated to find it is the strange and secretive Lord Saxton who has purchased her--a mysterious, tragic figure who wears a mask and a cloak at all times to hide disfiguring scars gained in a terrible fire some years back.

But in the passing days, Saxton's true nature is revealed to her. A gentle and adoring soul, he treats his new bride with warmth and abiding tenderness, yet appears to her only by daylight. She, in turn, vows to be a good and loyal wife to him. And then Christopher Seton reenters Erienne's world

Conflicted by emotions she cannot suppress, Erienne valiantly attempts to remain honorable to her elusive, enigmatic husband but feels herself irresistibly drawn to Seton's passion, his fire, and his secrets. Entangled in intrigues she doesn't yet understand, Erienne Fleming will soon have to make a devastating choice: between love and honor...between her duty and her heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380844005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/1983
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 98,487
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

(1939 - 2007) Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, creator of the modern historical romance, died July 6, 2007 in Minnesota. She had just turned 68. Her attorney, William Messerlie, said that she died after a long illness.

Born on June 3, 1939 in Alexandria, Louisiana, Mrs. Woodiwiss was the youngest of eight siblings. She long relished creating original narratives, and by age six was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep. At age 16, she met U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Woodiwiss at a dance, and they married the following year. She wrote her first book in longhand while living at a military outpost in Japan.

Woodiwiss is credited with the invention of the modern historical romance novel: in 1972, she released The Flame and the Flower, an instant New York Times bestseller, creating literary precedent. The Flame and the Flower revolutionized mainstream publishing, featuring an epic historical romance with a strong heroine and impassioned sex scenes. "Kathleeen E. Woodiwiss is the founding mother of the historical romance genre," says Carrie Feron, vice president/editorial director of William Morrow and Avon Books, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers. Feron, who has been Woodiwiss's editor for 13 years, continues, "Avon Books is proud to have been Kathleen's sole publishing partner for her paperbacks and hardcover novels for more than three decades." Avon Books, a leader in the historical romance genre to this day, remains Mrs. Woodiwiss's original and only paperback publisher; William Morrow, Avon's sister company, publishes Mrs. Woodiwiss's hardcovers.

The Flame and the Flower was rejected by agents and hardcover publishers, who deemed it as "too long" at 600 pages. Rather than follow the advice of the rejection letters and rewrite the novel, Mrs. Woodiwiss instead submitted it to paperback publishers. The first publisher on her list, Avon, quickly purchased the novel and arranged an initial 500,000 print run. The novel sold over 2.3 million copies in its first four years of publication.

The success of this novel prompted a new style of writing romance, concentrating primarily on historical fiction tracking the monogamous relationship between a helpless heroines and the hero who rescued her, even if he had been the one to place her in danger. The romance novels which followed in her example featured longer plots, more controversial situations and characters, and more intimate and steamy sex scenes.

"Her words engendered an incredible passion among readers," notes Feron. Bestselling author Julia Quinn agrees, saying, "Woodiwiss made women want to read. She gave them an alternative to Westerns and hard-boiled police procedurals. When I was growing up, I saw my mother and grandmother reading and enjoying romances, and when I was old enough to read them myself, I felt as if I had been admitted into a special sisterhood of reading women."

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a leading voice in the women's fiction arena, says, "We all owe our careers to her. She opened the world of romance to us as readers. She created a career for us to go into."

The pioneering author has written 13 novels over the course of 35 years, all New York Times bestsellers. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's final literary work, the upcoming Everlasing, will be published by William Morrow in October 2007. "Everlasting is Kathleen's final gift to her fans," notes Feron.

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, who was predeceased by her husband and son Dorren, is survived by sons Sean and Heath, and numerous grandchildren.

Date of Birth:

June 3, 1939

Date of Death:

July 6, 2007

Place of Birth:

Alexandria, Louisiana

Place of Death:

Princeton, Minnesota

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one that is to be read over and over and over again. I first read it at the age of 15 and I've read it about 20 times more. It is classic Woodiwiss. The characters are wonderful, even the villains in the story. The feel of the book is described so well, one truly can picture the settings and the story has just enough 'star-crossedness' between the two lovers that when Erienne and Christopher finally come together with no secrets or masks between them, the reader will cheer out loud. Ms. Woodiwiss is truly a spectacular author and I recommend her books to all! This is a must read and a must keep. I do not loan Ms. Woodiwiss out to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my all time favorite book. I love it. I have read this book several times. I have to purchase another copy because the one I have has been read so many times it is falling apart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book about a year ago when I was 14 and couldn't put it down. The story was so captivating and the way Woodiwiss penned each line was utterly amazing. She put wit and soul into each character that you don't always find in a book nowadays. One of the best she has ever written
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit, it took me a few days to really get into this book, but once I did I was sneaking as many reading sessions in as I could!! It's not a short novel at 560 pages (in my older version than the one shown), but it really drew me in and I just LOVED both the hero and the heroine!!! The progression of the characters and development of the plot were expertly done and very easy to read. I highly recommend this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Rose in Winter is one of the best love stories of all time! I must have read this page turner at least 5 times over the last 5 or more years, and it has the same effect on me each time. Kathleen develops these characters in a way that draws you to them. She has a knack for drawing you into the world of her major characters and I was so there! I felt Erienne, Christopher, and Lord Saxton's passion, pain, and internal conflict across the pages. I got swept up in the fantasy and didn't want it to end. What an escape! This novel is a must read!! I just wish she published more often. The waiting between books is torture.
Geegat More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT!! I read this many many years ago, and am so glad I read it again. It is among my top 3 K.W. books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not her best work to be honest. It only took me two days to finish Shanna, which happens to be my favorite book from her. It took me forever to finish this one and I found myself reluctantly picking it up just to get it over with. Characters were not fully developed nor had a substantial relationship. Their so-called relationship was solely based on physical attraction.
georgiegirl More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It draws you in to the story & you will love the characters. Great plot & true love story! This is one of my favorites & I don't normally do this but, I will read this one again!
rustyRV More than 1 year ago
At the beginning i did not like this book that much.It seemed that author is delaying to tell her story.After Erienne met Lord Saxton i really started enjoyed the book.I loved the misterious Lord Saxton's character and i could not wait until he relieved his identity.I knew from the start who the Lord Saxton was,it was funny that it took for ever for Eriene to figure out who he was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorites. I've read this many times and still cannot get enough. The plot is wonderful and keeps you hanging on. I notice new things everytime I re-read the book. i actually need to buy myself a new copy because it is falling apart. i recommend this to anyone who want to read a story of a love that knows no bounds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, this is my favorite book ever!!! I love it so much that Ive read it so many times, and I dont do that! I didnt want it to end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly, I have read this book at least 16 times and that is the truth. It's that good and it keeps getting better every time I read it. A wonderful story a wonderful plot wonderful characters with just enough sex. Kathleen Woodiwiss is a classy dame of romance writing and she remains one of my absolute favorites. This is a romance novel you can let your young teenage daughter read. I love it!!!!! Just may have to read it again, again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book for its characters and plot. You really feel Erienne's conflict with Christopher, Lord Saxton, her heart, and her duty. I have read all of her books and this is one of my favorites of all. Woodiwiss is definitely one of the best romance writers of all time!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the very first book of Woodiwiss that i have read. Im only 16, but i love a good romance. This is by far one of the best books i have ever read. It just sucks you in and holds you. You will never be able to put it down and when it ends...you just cant help but start over!!!! An Amazing read!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a captivating story, and I loved Christopher, although I didn't like it when he had to fight an intruder in the nude. Yuk! I also didn't like the graphic and unnecessary way in which he hurt Erienne's younger brother. Her father was a pig, but that's neither here nor there. Christopher was a classy guy from a classy family. A truly great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one has been on my Keeper Shelf for over 20 years. Now buying the E Book version. Worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am really disappointed with this one. Usually loved her books, but this one drags. Badly. 100 pages in and you are still waiting foe her to be sold, and when she does... nothing happens. She has little to no interaction with her husband. Little interaction with anyone. She just whines about her life over and over... half way through and still nothing
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LOVE IT! Couldn't put it down and had to read it twice...about to go for a third.
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Romance readers will enjoy this one. I have read many of Kathleen Woodiwiss's books and this one is as good as the others. I have a hard time putting it down.
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I loved this book the first time I read it and have read it several times since.