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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (October 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380844001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380844005
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debt-ridden Avery Fleming is determined to find a wealthy husband for his beautiful daughter, Erienne, so he can pay off his mountain of debts. Erienne, however, has refused every one of the old men her father has picked for her consideration. When she meets dashing American merchant Christopher Seton, she cannot deny her attraction to him, despite the fact that he wounded her brother, Farrell, in a duel, crippling him for life. However, when Seton asks for Erienne's hand in marriage, both she and her father refuse him. Instead, Erienne's father auctions her off to the highest bidder--the mysterious Lord Saxton, a man whose horrifying scars are hidden by a mask and cloak. Erienne comes to know her husband as a kind and gentle man, but when Christopher Seton returns to town, she cannot fight her attraction to him. She finds herself torn between her duty to the man she has wed and the call of her heart. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

More About the Author

With more than thirty-six million copies of her bestselling novels already in print, Kathleen E. Woodiwiess remains one of America's most successful and beloved storytellers. She is the author of twelve enormously successful masterworks of romantic fiction, including The Flame and the Flower, Shanna, Ashes in the Wind, Petals on the River, and The Elusive Flame.

Customer Reviews

I recommend this to all who like historical romance novels.
Kathleen Woodiwiss was the absolute best romance novelist of all time...This is one of my favorites from her...Have read it many times..
Debra R. Younts
A wonderful story line, well developed characters and the perfect amount of romance.
Ashley Stephen

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By E. Lynch on April 1, 2005
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I cut my teeth on romance with Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novels but gave them up in the early 80's because her style seemed so demeaning to women. "A Rose in Winter" was recommended in another reader's listmania listing and I was pleasantly surprised when I decided to give it a try! This novel is full of romance and intrigue and I was drawn in from the very beginning.

Poor Erienne is just a pawn to the men in her life. First she is little more than a servant to her nasty father and brother, pawed over by potential suitors and then finally sold as a wife to the highest bidder. She is "bought" by the reclusive and masked Lord Saxton and cannot bring herself to endure the touch of this scarred and crippled man. He woos her gently, dispersing her fear with his constant familiarity. During his gentle courtship, Erienne's heart begins to beat for another man, a bold Yankee, Christopher Seaton. Christopher and Erienne have a rather love/hate relationship, but his pursuit of her is relentless. Will she give in to Christopher and forsake her vows to the strange but strong Lord Saxton? Who is trying to destroy the Saxton's and what of the vengeful night rider who roams the country at night frightening some wicked men? There is redemption for some characters in this novel and retribution for others. You will cheer for the loyal tenants of Lord Saxton and the triumph over evil in the end.

Erienne, though weak at times became a proud and strong woman by the end of the novel and I was satisfied that she did the best she could for the times she lived in. An engrossing read, dark at times but kept my attention to the end. I can highly recommend this.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on August 26, 2005
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Someone recommended this book and I admit that I was reluctant to read it. After all, I am not a big follower of bodice rippers and I've read many mixed reviews of Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's work. However, I decided to give A Rose in Winter a whirl because I figured the book would supply good escapism during my train rides to work. Despite some loose ends and numerous bodice ripper cliches, A Rose in Winter was not only an entertaining train read, but also quite a touching and palpable love story. The year is 1792 in Northern England. Erienne Fleming is a raven-haired, blue-violet-eyed beauty facing a conundrum: her father wants to find her a wealthy husband who'd pay for his gambling debts. Each and every one of her suitors is hideous and ill-intentioned, wanting to get her into bed the moment they see her, all except the dashing Yankee Christopher Seton. Well, he does want to get into her panties, but he is by no means unattractive. Unfortunately, he is also her father's biggest creditor and the reason why she is forced to wed someone to begin with. He is also the reason why her brother lost feeling in one arm after challenging Christopher to a duel. And that is the reason why Erienne "hates" him. Avery, Erienne's father, bans Christopher from taking part of the auction block where Erienne is sold off to the highest bidder, an enigmatic and grossly disfigured man by the name of Lord Saxton becomes her husband. But while the masked monster lavishes and woos Erienne with expensive gifts and incredible kindness, it is the handsome, sardonic and roguish Christopher that steals her heart, and soon she will have to choose between the two rather mysterious men.

I like the whole fairy tale feel of this novel.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1999
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A new take on the Beauty and the Beast story, A Rose in Winter is one of my top 3 romance novels. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. Erienne is a colorful, willful, and proud character that readily jumps out of the pages, making it easy to relate with her. Christopher was a devious and thoroughly devastating character, it was impossible not to fall for him. The story was enticing and romantic, it was magnificently written. I was able to form a mental image of all the characters and the background as if seeing it on television. Being a romantic at heart, I truly love this book! My wish is that other writers would keep to the same formula Ms. Woodiwiss does, romance is in the way you seduce through looks and anticipation before touch. I now believe in romance and true love.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Morpheus's Dream on March 27, 2005
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I am an avid reader and therefore must always have a book in hand. "A Rose in Winter" was the only one available at the time and though it is not of my preferred genre I was desperate. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Yes it was steamy but it was also believable for the time period and carried a high quality romance that was built between the damsel and her husband that was not based on looks since she never sees him without his mask. Yes, there is another man that pulls at her desire, but for all its worth her decision is to be with her husband which as it turns out is the best decision for everyone. Even if you are not a romance novel enthusiast I highly recomend this book! It is a much better version of "Phantom and the Opera." I only wish it were longer.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Digmari Bey on January 5, 2003
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This is sort of like a beauty and the beast kind of story. Erienne, the heroine, is sold into marriage to this mysterious character that everyone fears. All of a sudden the enigmatic Christopher happens to be at the right place at the right time. Sparks fly between them but there's a little problem. She's married to Christopher's cousin. Out of guilt she surrenders her body to her husband and find out that, although she can't see him because he's always in the dark or covered in robes from head to toe due to his burn scars, he's the sweetest lover ever.
The love scenes between Erienne and her husband are absolutely enchanting. The author trully transmits the whole essence of a couple in love and how they feel when being intimate. These scenes are absolutetly beautiful. Out of these encounters a true love emerges between the heroine and her deformed husband, but then again, what happens with the handsome Christopher? While between Erienne and her husband making love is magical, a kiss with the dashing Christopher is pure dinamite!
Erienne must choose between her husband and Christopher. She's torn in two but you must know that there's a great plot twist that will leave you open mouthed. I recommend this book for all of those who love to turn children's fairy tales into grown up fairy tales.
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