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The Frost of Springtime by [Demeter, Rachel L.]
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"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..." - Divas Book Blog

"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." - Romancebookworm's Reviews

"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." - Magic Within the Pages

"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." - Buried Under Romance

"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." - Buried Under Romance

Product Details

  • File Size: 1747 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing, LLC (February 10, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 10, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ICXN9N2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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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.
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Paris - When Alekander de Lefèvre encountered a young girl being sold into a pleasure house, he felt a moment of compassion and took in young Sofia, whose tenacity at life suddenly filled the emptiness within his heart. No matter that he breathed cynicism, apathy, and the harsh realities of life, she alone brought him back from an abyss of solicitude.

The time is now 1871, a ravaged Paris in political turmoil post its defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (I suggest reading up a bit on this to get a better understanding of the events in this story). Alek came back from the war as cynical as ever, and again greeted by his Sofia - beautiful, vibrant, and still possibly with no idea of his escalating passion for her.

Their relationship would be taboo, and yet, some things must not be denied. Alek has been the only man in Sofia's life, a constant force holding her at peace. Overtime, he had changed from her savior into the man she loves, and yet that love is changing too. How would Alek confront the feelings he has for his much younger ward, whom he practically raised? And how would Sofia see Alek not as a white knight, but a dark knight in need of light? Most importantly...what about Alek's wife, Elizabeth?

In a sea of historical romance, The Frost of Springtime is in fact, far more historical than most others of its genre. 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.
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