A Rose in Winter
A Rose in Winter was my first book, and will always have a special place in my heart. The romance is strong and bittersweet, but like the very best chocolate, leaves you sighing with satisfaction.
At sixteen, Lady Solange had pledged her love to Damon Wolf, had dreamed they would be together forever. But when her ruthless father threatened Damon's life unless she agreed to marry another, Solange did the only thing she could: she scorned her true love and sent him away...never imagining the fate that awaited her, never knowing that one day her destiny would be entwined with Damon's once more.
For nine long years, Solange has lived a nightmare, wed to a wealthy lord whose handsome face hides a soul of darkest evil. Yet now, just as she is poised to finally make good her escape, Damon suddenly appears at the castle gate. Gone is the gentle hero of her childhood, replaced by a fiercely attractive, thunderously angry knight, who makes it clear he has never forgiven her betrayal.
Convincing Damon to escort her to safety will take all Solange's ingenuity—but the real challenge lies in breaching the walls that Damon has built between them, to win back his trust...and his hardened heart.
Nominated Best First Book by Romantic Times
“A powerfully moving love story from a fresh, exciting voice. Ms. Abé will leave you longing for more.”
—bestselling author Elizabeth Thorton
“Exquisite! This is a fabulously written story. It will engulf you from page one, and you will find it extremely hard to put down. The characters are outstanding. You will be stunned by Solange’s endurance. You will sigh with relief when her life is finally renewed. This is a definite must.”
“Debut author Shana Abé utilizes a traditional betrayal theme to its best advantage and incorporates a colorful portrait of the era to sweep the reader into a captivating and highly romantic story.”
“A Rose in Winter is a deeply entrancing debut novel by Shana Abé. Reading it was like falling into an Old World Fairytale of beauty and enchantment...the story, the beautiful writing and the complex characters she created captivated me. I stayed up until three in the morning to finish it! Shana Abé is an astonishing new voice in historical romance. She writes with passion and a true gift for storytelling.”
“New author Shana Abé debuts with a wonderfully written medieval rich in detail, characterization and passionate adventure. She skillfully adds some twists to the betrayal theme that make it unique and engrossing...”
—Old Book Barn Gazette