Snow in July

Snow in July

by Kim Iverson Headlee

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Snow in July by Kim Iverson Headlee

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 in battle, it means facing more easily broken vows. But when rumors of rampant thievery, dangerous beasts, and sorcery plaguing a neighboring estate reach his ears, nothing will make him shirk duty to king and country when people's lives stand at risk. He assumes the guise of a squire to scout the land, its problems, and its lady.

Lady Kendra of Edgarburh has been granted what no woman wants: a forced marriage to an enemy who may be kith or kin to the man who murdered her beloved brother. Compounding her anguish is her failure to awaken the miraculous healing gift bequeathed by their late mother in time to save his life. Although with his dying breath, he made her promise to seek happiness above all, Kendra vows that she shall find neither comfort nor love in the arms of a Norman...unless it snows in July.

Alain is smitten by Lady Kendra from the first moment of their meeting; Kendra feels the forbidden allure of the handsome and courtly Norman "squire." But a growing evil overshadows everyone, invoking dark forces and ensnaring Kendra in a plot to overthrow the king Alain is oath-bound to serve. Kendra and Alain face a battle unlike any other as their honor, their love, their lives, and even their very souls lie in the balance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990505501
Publisher: System Support Services, Inc
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(d)

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Snow in July 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
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 cannot stand by as neighboring villages and estates are plundered and people are dying, and hence begins a tale of subterfuge, evil, betrayal and even a touch of magic. Yep, everything a good romance needs is all here in Snow in July by Kim Iverson Headlee. There is evil afoot and it creeps up slowly, as Kim Iverson Headlee slowly draws us deeper into her tale. The centuries are peeled away and technology is replaced by determination and the strength to survive. Smell the fresh breezes, feel the mud and rain and learn to accept it all as being part of a life where war is up close and personal, man to man, sword to sword and death could be just around the corner. Ms. Headlee adds her own light twists of magic or sorcery and her world feel real, alive, and puts one’s senses on high alert. The crowning spark comes from the title itself, as its meaning becomes clear through Ms. Headlee’s brilliant imagination and subtle sense of humor. Gripping, intriguing and with a slightly different flavor, this historical romance is in a full gallop from the starting gate to the finish line with a cast of characters that feel like a part of history we can only dream about. I received this copy from Kim Iverson Headlee in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*An enjoyable adventure with many turns of the plot...
dowies_place More than 1 year ago
*I was provided a complementary copy 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 course 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 she is breaking the rules and he is getting to know her. The book moves at a fast yet comfortable pace and isn't over the top in any way. I really enjoyed the writing style, as I said the book is set in the past and you keep that feeling but aren't bogged down with verbiage or references that will throw you off. I suggest this for 15+
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
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-to-be bride, is the price worth it? For a moment, I didn't think it was. Lies beget hurt and distrust among people, but Alain proved his honor time and again when it came to Kendra. Was it easy to forgive his deception of being a squire instead of her betrothed? For me, yes because his heart and intentions always ran parallel to one another. The evil that grows in the shadows lurks throughout the story. It doesn't fade in the background while Alain and Kendra's relationship and feelings flourish. It seems to develop in time with it and brought with it this sense of urgency in me. I crossed my fingers that Kendra would remain safe, that Alain would rescue her before it was too late. I held my breath as I watched the climax unfold and breathed a sigh of relief when the dust settled and the world was right again. I've never read anything by Ms. Headlee. I'm not sure if her other stories are like this one, written with depth and pull, appeal and intrigue. Not only did she open this story with an epic battle scene but she never lost that momentum it set. Alain and Kendra are characters worth knowing. Their emotions for one another and for their circumstances were, at times, consuming and made me wish their happiness would happen sooner. But a quick end wouldn't have been fulfilling for me. Another aspect I think other readers will enjoy and, hopefully, appreciate, is the history woven into this story. It isn't told, doesn't read like it would from a textbook, but is, like I said, woven through Alain and Kendra's story. You don't have to be a history buff or be familiar with the time period because Ms. Headlee does an amazing job of putting you there, of having you experience the life and times and going-ons of this period. A beautiful story that doesn't diminish evil while building up and reinforcing a love that defies all boundaries. Received from author for an honest reivew
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable Historical Paranormal Romance with Medieval Setting 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 a story you will no doubt enjoy. Beginning with the Battle of Hastings between Duke William II of Normandy and Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson, Ms. Headlee introduces us to her primary character, Sir Robert “Alain”de Bellencombre, a Norman knight who has sworn to fight for Duke William and at the same time protect his younger brother. I liked “Alain” right from the start; he’s noble, honorable and is a man of his word. He’s the kind of guy you would want as a friend guarding your back. Born a second son, “Alain” hopes to be rewarded for his service to his king, but didn’t count on the king rewarding him via a marriage contract to a Saxon lady. No political dummy, William knows to keep the peace that the Normans and Saxons will need to intermarry and he’ll kill two birds with one stone by marrying his knights to wealthy, titled Saxon ladies whose inheritance will stabilize his kingdom. We are soon introduced to the second main character, Lady Kendra of Edgarburh, the Saxon lady promised to “Alain” as a reward. The only living child of her father, her husband will inherit all of her father’s lands upon his death. I also liked Kendra from the beginning; beautiful, honorable and a gifted healer, she’s also suffering from a terrible loss – her only brother was killed on his way home from the battle of Hastings (he had fought for King Harold) and she fears being married to a Norman would be a betrayal to her brother. Especially since she and her father believe her brother was killed by one of “enemy”. While neither character is eager for marriage, they are bound by a king’s order and a father’s promise and determination to keep his people safe. Ms. Headlee does a good job with the historical setting and with maintaining the tension between the characters as they are placed in difficult situations. Keeping their promises Alain and Kendra find themselves facing thieves, kidnappers, treachery and even sorcery, while attempting to fight their growing attraction to each other. Ms. Headlee also does a good job developing the secondary characters and I especially liked meeting Ruaud, Alain’s closest friend, who made me laugh, and Waldron, Kendra’s father, who really cared about his daughter and the people he oversaw. The villains of the story were also well developed and fairly colorful – both in language and mode of dress. The mystery of who is behind all of the trouble was well written and the story takes several unexpected twists and turns, although I knew the identity of the villain in charge almost right from the start. Will Alain be able to rescue Kendra when she is kidnapped? Will Alain and Kendra allow their growing attraction to turn into love? Will Alain and Kendra be able to help heal a nation made up of two different peoples? You’ll have to read Snow in July to find out. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Headlee’s work.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
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 investigate as well as meet his bride. Alain goes to see what he can make of the entire situation, but he goes as Squire Alain, Not Sir Robert. HE wants to get a feel for the situation and he can investigate the smuggling much easier as a squire than a knight. Lady Kendra of Edgarburh is not at all happy about these events. But she is still grieving the loss of her brother. How could she even contemplate a betrothal? It's absurd. She is still reeling from the fact that the gift her mother had for healing seems to have passed her over. Now she has to deal with a Norman Knight and how to break the betrothal. She will not marry him. She meets the squire and realizes that he is someone she is attracted to, but that makes it worse, she is betrothed to another! All the while there is something going on just out of recognition. Smugglers and thieves run amuck in the countryside. Who is behind it all is what Alain is trying to figure out. This was pure joy to read! I felt the story line was fresh and had just enough excitement to keep me reading well into the early hours of the morning! Alain and Kendra are real people with real issues, even if the are a bit wrong in their assumptions. There is intrigue and romance and a bit of magic! I think you will love the story as much as I did! This author writes the time very well! I will certainly look for more of her books. I received an ARC of this title for my honest review
DaynaLC More than 1 year ago
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 – or any other Norman knight – but she is interested in Squire Alain who presents himself at Edgarburh in Sir Robert’s place. However, Squire Alain is beneath her station and, is therefore, an unsuitable match – plus she ‘belongs’ to Sir Robert. She’s also grieving the loss of her beloved brother, Del, who survived the Battle of Hastings, only to be murdered by a Norman soldier en route home. Or was the murderer someone in disguise? Her grief for her brother, and her confusion over Squire Alain, was so consuming, she took some time to visit some of the people on the estate who needed her healing touch. She was sure she could get her mind off things. Abducted by outlaws, and taken to a secret place, Lady Kendra hopes help is coming. Squire Alain tracks the outlaws and rescues Lady Kendra, then leaves her with a family connection through her mother, Ulfric of Thornhill. Squire Alain returns to Edgarburh, but soon finds himself rushing back to Thornhill to rescue Lady Kendra - again. Do Sir Robert and Lady Kendra find each other? Ms. Headlee is a great storyteller, bringing that epoch time in England’s history to life. I enjoyed ‘Snow in July’, and recommend it highly. I give it 5-stars. By Dayna Leigh Cheser, Author Janelle’s Time, Moria’s Time & Adelle’s Time