The recent release of The Frost of Springtime, by debut author Rachel L. Demeter, transports readers to the war torn streets of nineteenth century Paris. Driven by paradoxical characters, steamy encounters, and a compelling storyline, it’s a bittersweet tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love. Described as “poignant,” emotionally devastating,” and “beautiful,” The Frost of Springtime is sure to please historical and romance readers alike. Available now in both eBook and paperback. Currently Amazon Prime members can read the Kindle edition for free!
Black Lyon Publishing
Formats: Paperback, Kindle eBook
Genre: Historical Romance/Historical Fiction
To rescue her was to rescue his own soul.
On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, rescuing her from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.
But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian war, the seasons pass. And in that long year, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her age.
Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home” is gone, replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out of reach. Scarred inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart.
Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love.
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The heat of their bodies mingled as one. With each breath, Aleksender drank in the sweet essence of his beloved ward. His mind swam with unorthodox visions and desires. He inclined his head, lost to the power of her nearness, entranced by everything that was Sofia.
“Alek, my Alek …”
Each word infused Aleksender with a delicious and undeniable warmth. Intoxicated by roses and wintertime, he found it difficult to speak, difficult to think. Breathless, he swallowed and met the haunting depths of her eyes.
“Please,” she dreamily murmured, “I want you to kiss me again…”
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Praise for The Frost of Springtime
“I am astonished at this being Rachel L. 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. 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 L. Demeter, and the subtle expressiveness of the characters, which all compelled me to research more of the historical background, of the 1871 Paris Commune, through which this story is made more infinitely dearer.” – Buried Under Romance
“We are in awe. The Frost of Springtime 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. We loved the cover, we loved the writing style, and we adored the characters. We fell in love, really hard.” – 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. It’s beautiful! I loved it!” – 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.” – Magic Within The Pages
“WOW!! The Frost of Springtime is a powerful, epic love story unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The emotional and visual/sensory depth is astounding. I felt Aleksender and Sofia’s connection from beginning to end. Aleksender’s path to healing was at times breathtaking and heartbreaking. This is a hero who loves his woman with every last breath, every fiber of his being… and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her. AMAZING cast of secondary characters as well… a ‘villain’ who actually leaves you morally torn! Beautifully written (loved the vivid imagery and descriptions!), dark, unusual, rich with history, epic scope, and a soul deep love that only comes once in a lifetime… Brava!!!” – Sivonna, an advanced reader
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Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of ten years. She enjoys writing dark, edgy romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and examine the redeeming power of love. Imagining stories and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mom would jot them down for her. She has a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances.
Whether sculpting the protagonist or antagonist, she always ensures that every character is given a soul. Rachel strives to intricately blend elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some common themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.
Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.
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A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White is a beautifully written novel about people finding a place for themselves through good food and good friends. It isn’t always your family that makes a place for you; sometimes it is those friends who are more of a family to you than your own. I listened to the audio book of A Place at the Table which is narrated by Robin Miles, George Newbern, and Katherine Powell and they do a fantastic job. I really enjoy books narrated by more than one narrator and felt it added a lot to the portrayal of this story.
Bobby comes from a family who has chosen to pull away from him because he is gay. They refuse to accept him for who he is so he leaves his home in Georgia and heads to New York. It is there he comes into his own but also experiences losses and heartbreak. He meets Alice, an older African American woman who has faced her own prejudices and is famous for her southern cooking (based on a real life character) and becomes very close with her. Then we have Amelia with a broken marriage and no idea what she wants to do with her life. What they do all have in common is Café Andres where they come together to savor good food and the people that the love of food always seems to bring together. As the story unfolds a huge secret is revealed that has the power to change everyone’s lives.
This was a unique story in that it is told from the viewpoint of three very separate stories and yet they all blend together by the end which I have to admit surprised me at how well they weaved into each other. I really enjoyed A Place at the Table especially all the references to food that sounded so divine that I found myself hungry all the time. Recommended for those who enjoy literary fiction!
A few little extras: The paperback edition of A Place at the Table was just released on March 4 and was recently named a Target Club Pick for the month of March. As well check out this recipe for Meemaw’s Pound Cake over on Susan’s website! It is just one of the many delectable food dishes mentioned in A Place at the Table!
Source: Audiobook from my personal library.
Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst was a fantastic audiobook that I really enjoyed. It is narrated by Madeleine Maby and she is fabulous. I loved the tone of her voice and all the different inflections she used for the characters. One thing I love when listening to audiobooks is a narrator that can bring a story to life for me and Madeleine Maby definitely does that!
Our main character Kate owns and runs a matchmaking business called Kinnections with her two best friends from college. As an added benefit Kate has a special gift that allows her to touch people and know if they are the perfect soul mates. Although Kate seems to have bad luck finding her own love match she still believes in the magic and goodness of love. I loved Kate from the minute I learned she saved a dog that was badly hurt and kept him because she fell in love with him. That’s the kind of character she was and it made it very easy to both like and sympathize with her.
When Slade walks into her office her first thought is of course that Slade is gorgeous. However he is furious. His baby sister joined Kinnections and he is fiercely protective of her because she’s had a rough past. There is another thing though – Slade is a divorce lawyer and he has seen and heard enough that his opinion of love is severely jaded. He thinks Kinnections is just one big farce to rip innocent people of their money.
So Slade takes a leap and joins Kinnections himself to prove that it’s a fraud. He challenges Kate to find him his dream woman. By a turn of fate though he and Kate share a kiss and even he feels the electric jolt that comes from it. Kate can’t believe that she’s waited this long for the magic of her power to work for her and that it ends up being a man like Slade who has no use for love. To top it off the two of them drive each crazy but neither can deny the attraction that exists between them. Can they ever get past the bickering and see the magic of love instead?
Searching for Someday is such a sweet and romantic book. I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook and my only complaint is that it flew by too fast. As a note for my readers that are uncomfortable with sexual content in their reading this book does have some. It’s tastefully done but I realize it isn’t for everyone. Searching for Someday is a novel of love’s magic and believing that somewhere, someday it will exist for you. Highly recommended!
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.
Sarah Addison Allen has long been one of my favorite authors and I’ve read every last one of her books just as soon as they come out. She has shared with us once again the beauty of her magical story telling in Lost Lake which I devoured! Lost Lake is the She Reads Book Club Selection for March and I couldn’t possibly think of a better choice! I listened to the audio version narrated by Janet Metzger and she does such a phenomenal job! I’ve listened to a few audios narrated by her now and I really enjoy my time spent listening to her and when such a beautiful story as Lost Lake is being told it just enriches the listening experience even more.
Having lost her husband a year ago Kate has literally been sleepwalking through her life but that’s about to change as she once again wakes up to the life around her and her young daughter Devin. As Kate and her daughter prepare to move in with Kate’s mother-in-law, Kate and Devin discover an old postcard from Kate’s great aunt Eby who lives at Lost Lake. On a whim Kate decides that she and Devin are going to go and see if the magical summer cabins that Kate spent that memorable summer when she was twelve are still there.
Upon arriving Lost Lake is everything Kate remembers. The beauty and serenity of the place is just what she and Devin need. When Kate learns that this will be the last summer Eby has the cabins at Lost Lake she feels saddened by this news. As she and Devin begin to fall under the spell of Lost Lake Kate realizes she doesn’t know if she ever wants her old life back. Maybe it’s time to write a new ending to her and Devin’s life and move forward.
From the moment I met Kate and her wonderful and perceptive daughter Devin I was hooked and then the idyllic setting of Lost Lake was just icing on the cake. Add into that mix the wonderful cast of characters and you can’t help but fall in love with these people and their stories. Lost Lake is a wonderful book but then I expect nothing less from Sarah Addison Allen! To put out such a beautifully haunting novel after all that Sarah has been through with her health amazes me. I applaud you Sarah and wish you nothing but good health in the future!
Source: Audiobook copy from my personal library.