Snow in July by Kim Headlee
Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre, knight of Normandy, must marry a Saxon heiress to claim his reward for service at the Battle of Hastings. Lady Kendra Waldronsdotter, heiress to the estate of Edgarburh, must marry a man who might be kith or kin to her brother’s murderer. Both fight their undeniable mutual attraction, yet they must fight harder still when dark forces ensnare them in a plot to overthrow the king Alain is oath-bound to serve. They face a battle unlike any other as their honor, their love, their lives, and their very souls lie in the balance.
About the author
Award-winning author Kim Headlee lives on a farm in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia with her family & animals, a cave, and the remains of a 250-year-old house that was occupied as recently as the mid-20th century.
This story held my attention throughout. The trials and dangers faced by the characters were many but not exaggerated in an unbelievable way. I hated every interruption that made me put the book down! Kendra’s heartbreak made me empathetic to her troubles and Alain stole my heart with his devotion to her: “His sole regret…was that he could not keep kissing her until all the stars fell from the sky.”
A refreshingly “clean” romance with a touch of magic. A 5 star read and highly recommended!
The Battle of Hastings is over and the Normans and the Saxons are dealing with the aftermath in their own ways. William, a Norman, is now king and he has decreed that his knight, Robert Alain de Bellencombre marry Kendra and he will receive her father’s lands for serving him so well during the battle of Hastings. Kendra is horrified at the prospect of marrying a Norman, because she’s been lead to believe that it was a Norman who killed her beloved brother, Del, at Hastings. She vows that she’ll never marry a Norman. On his deathbed, Del made Kendra promise to find happiness, even if it meant a Norman was the one who could bring her that happiness. She begrudgingly agrees, but when Del dies, her heart is even more hardened against the Normans.
The reader enjoyed this novel from the very beginning. It had just the right amount of a paranormal flair to fit in with the era in which the action takes place. The reference to King Arthur made the novel seem more real, because his legends are so popular. I liked the fact that Alain originally arrived at Kendra’s acting as a squire partly to see if she would be a good catch or a wretched wench to be married to for the rest of his days. The novel is delightful! The glossary afterward is what spoiled it for this reader. Having had years of experience with the French language and it’s pronunciation, it was distressing to see how many words were mispronunced in the glossary. This aside, it is a magical story and worthy of being read over and over again.
*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a great read! As you start the story you are instantly pulled into a new time period, and the whole ourse of the story you are aware of it and you can feel how it would have been.
Kendra and Alian are characters that you can really get behind and I love the dynamic between the two of them throughout.
The story progresses at first without her really knowing who he is, as he is there scoping out the territory….her HA! She feels like she is breaking the rules and he is getting to know her.
The book moves at a fast yet comfortable pace and isn’t over the top in any way.
I really enjoyed the writing style, as I said the book is set in the past and you keep that feeling but aren’t bogged down with verbiage or references that will throw you off.
I suggest this for 15+
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