Title: A Winter Knight
Author: Barbara Bettis
Genre: Medieval Romance, Historical Romance
He’s running from his past; she’s running from her future. But on a snowy winter night, they find each other and the surprising gift of love.
Sir Nicholas has given up on marriage. These days he’s content to captain his friend’s troops and avoid entanglements—until one winter night when he rescues a half-frozen woman from a snowstorm. Her irrepressible spirit and kindness to others remind him that all ladies aren’t like his former intended, who wed his brother while Nick was on crusade. But he can’t open his heart to Lady Clare. She’s bound to another, and Nick won’t forfeit his honor. Even if she were free, he has nothing to offer but love, and this lady deserves everything.
Lady Clare’s dying grandfather has arranged her betrothal, but the arrival of the man she’s to wed sends her fleeing into a snowstorm. Injured when her horse stumbles, she’s rescued by a mysterious knight. She recovers at his run-down manor, safe at last—until her betrothed tracks her down two days before Christmas. Trapped at home with the wedding imminent, she longs for the winter knight she’s come to love.
Only a miracle can bring Clare and Nick together. But at Christmas, anything is possible.
Sir Nicholas has lost all faith in women. So when he discovers a lady frozen in the snow, he brings her back to the crumbling manor he calls home. Questions crowd his mind but so does his protectiveness. She almost died in a blizzard without anyone to help. God knows what might have happened to her if he hadn’t gone out in a blizzard looking for her. Before he can question her, three men come looking for her. She’s frightened of Sir Rollo, her fiancée, and when he whisks her back home, Sir Nicholas must choose between love and honor. Even though he has nothing to offer her except his undying love, will she accept him and reject the lifestyle which she is accustomed to as Lady Clare?
A Winter Knight is a fervent medieval romance between a knight and a lady. She’s fleeing an arranged marriage to a man she detests, and Nicholas has nothing to offer her. No estate, no land, only his battered heart. The attraction is instant yet there are many obstacles between them, mainly Sir Rollo and Nicholas’ honor. The characterization in this romance is vibrant and the characters leap off the page. The setting is described so well, I could feel the warmth of the fire and the coolness of the snow as it falls. The plot moves at a quick pace and the twists kept me wondering what would happen next. But it’s the slow-burning romance between Nicholas and Clare which makes this a five-star read. Love conquers all but especially at Christmas.
If you love medieval romance and looking to be swept off your feet, pick up A Winter Knight. It’ll keep you toasty warm throughout the winter night. Highly recommend!
Favorite Character/Quote: Sir Nicholas. What woman doesn’t want a knight to sweep her off her feet and rescue her? He’s an honorable man with a fiery spirit and I fell for him from the moment he scoops Lady Clare out of the snow.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Award-winning author Barbara Bettis has always loved history and English. As a college freshman, she considered becoming an archeologist until she realized there likely would be bugs and snakes involved. And math. Through careers as a newspaper reporter and editor, then a college journalism and English professor, she’s retained her fascination with history. Give her a research book and a pot of tea, and she’s happy for hours. But what really makes her smile is working on a new story. Now retired, she lives in Missouri where she edits for others and spins her own tales of heroines to die for—and heroes to live for.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N