Today I have a stop in the Enchanted Book Promotions tour for Rachel L. Demeter’s title The Frost of Springtime. This is a long tour – so be sure to check out the other tour stops and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you can win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
I’ve been on a huge historical kick – and I’ve been inundated with stories that seem to revolve around the London Season, Demeter went into a different direction and brought us to 1871 Paris, in the midst of the political turmoil and rebuilding after the war. Paris is, was, and possibly will always be a city that inspires the hedonist in all of us, and those fortunate or unfortunate enough to be in the mix most certainly have stories to tell. Historically accurate and well-described and written to give a true sense of the day, time and social norms, Demeter weaves several variant narratives into the story and all work to enhance the reader’s sense of being in the moment. More striking is Demeter’s ability to keep the story teetering on the edge of darkness, without artificially constructing moments or situations that would force characters into a more traditional HEA . Sofia and Aleksander are both the most unlikely of and best suited characters that I have met in a long while. He is her protector, a father-figure who becomes her lover, even when she doesn’t see the need. Other interesting (and less conventional by modern standards) pairings are cousins married to the benefit of family, women used as simple chattel for the same reasons and the historical accuracy of both age differences, callous disregard for society’s censure, and the sights, sounds and feel of Paris come alive in the book. Demeter has done a wonderful story that, while not being loaded with a feel-good story will still please readers for the honesty of emotion and world building that brings Paris alive.
Title: The Frost of Springtime
Author: Rachel L. Demeter
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Black Lyon Publishing
Source: Author via Tour Company
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.