Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Frost of Springtime by Rachel L. Demeter

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Obtained from: Historical Novel Review
Read: February 26, 2014

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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Chance brought them together. A moment of mercy linked their futures. Ardent affection healed their hearts and forever entwined their fates.

Tormented by personal demons, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre, takes passing interest in a kindred spirit and shelters an abused child from the misery and neglect of life in a Parisian brothel. Years later, determined to deliver her savior from the purgatory of his waking nightmares, Sophia Rose dares offer him solace through steadfast and passionate devotion.

Dark, tragic and heavily romantic, The Frost of Springtime is reminiscent of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera. Ideally I might have liked to more emphasis on the historic material, particularly the politics of the 1871 Paris Commune against which the story takes place, but I really enjoyed the intense imagery and thematic scope of Demeter’s debut.

A sensuously gothic tale, The Frost of Springtime isn’t to be missed. 

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“Pain is in the mind. And, in my mind, ma chérie … I was with you.”
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“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. The author made it clear that both the Paris Commune and the love story were equally important. We LOVED that! Rachel L. Demeter focused on the facts and turned everything into one huge dramatic, sob worthy, dark, brutal story with just as much love, passion and kindness. The Frost of Springtime was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. When blood was shed, there was also love to heal the wounds. 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. I was impressed how well Ms. Demeter implemented Oscar Wilde’s tale “The Nightingale and the Rose”; it feels as though they were meant to be published together. I admire this creative approach, because of its foreboding nature, not in spite of it. 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. I also loved how detailed the novel is.”
- 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 Alek and Sofia’s connection from beginning to end….and what a profound connection it was. Soulful, heart-wrenching, heartwarming, and yes – forbidden. And it’s this forbidden aspect that makes it all the sweeter. Sofia and Alek’s love went far beyond lust and took my breath away. Loved how tortured Alek was… I felt his pain, agony, yearnings, and frustration at every step. His 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! So, so great! 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.

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Format: Paperback & Kindle eBook
Publication Date: February 14, 2014
Released by: Black Lyon Publishing
Length: 286 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1934912614
Genre: Historical Romance/Historical Fiction

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hi, Erin! Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed!