“A Rose in Winter” by Kathleen Woodiwiss
After fussing with websites and my other baby businesses (and right now they are all hungry and crying for my attention), I’m ready to at least write a short something.
I can’t remember what all I’ve read since I wrote my last review, but I’m excited to say a word about this particular book.
Being a newb… I’ve heard that Woodiwiss is a grandmother of the modern romance genre. I saw “A Rose in Winter” in my library freebie stack by the door and I snagged it. I had found “The Elusive Flame” a few months ago and thought perhaps that this was the book I needed to read first. Turns out no, the famous ( or infamous) book one is “The Flame and the Flower.”
I went on Goodreads to see whether “Rose” was going to be worth my while. The reviews were very mixed. Perhaps more were negative than positive. The offending aspects were: flowery language, dumb heroine, too-perfect of a hero. The interesting thing was, there was a twist I missed in spite of reading spoilers!
Because the reviews weren’t hot, I skimmed the beginning and got hooked into the story about one-fourth of the way in. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else, so I’ll word this carefully. I think I enjoyed the book more than if I had fully understood what was going on! Since I didn’t fully know the inside scoop, I was on the edge of my chair and swept back to the beginning to read it before continuing.
In short, I really liked it! Okay, the language is flowery and the hero is really heroic, and the girl is a little dim, but not as much as the reviews made it out to be. I put it in my top three, for now, of historical romances. Perhaps it’s in my top two.
If you love Phantom of the Opera and slightly Gothic tales, marry first- love later stories, this one may just fit the bill!
I can understand why Kathleen Woodiwiss still always makes the “must read” lists though she offends some modern sensibilities. I personally believe that some sorts of stories, heroes, heroines and themes are appropriate and likable at different times in our lives. When I was young, I was very frustrated with Alpha males. I just didn’t get why women found them at all sexy. I thought they were scary. Now though, I’m in a safe and awesome relationship and my hormones are changed so now I get it. The strength is more appealing and less threatening.
What you like now, you might not like later, and visa versa.
I think I’m going to dispense with my chart thing I was doing. I’ll just say that this book is a drama, not too dark, but not meant to be hilarious. I, personally, loved the sugary hero. It has some descriptive bedroom scenes, but not crass, I think it’s safe to say.
I’ll read another Woodiwiss:)