Snow in July by Kim Iverson Headlee *Review and Giveaway
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Snow in July
by Kim Iverson Headlee
Commanded to marry by William the Conqueror, and facing shattered oaths and a ravening evil power determined to overthrow the new king, Alain and Kendra face a battle unlike any other as their honor, their love, their lives, and even their very souls lie in the balance.
As Sir Ruaud babbled in his semicoherent English about Sir Robert, Kendra fought a jumble of emotions regarding Ruaud’s squire. Not only was his station beneath her rank, his being Norman placed him beneath her contempt. And yet she couldn’t tear her gaze from him.
Several inches taller than Sir Ruaud, the squire was trim where Ruaud sported a paunch, and he radiated quiet dignity to counter Ruaud’s comic disposition. Both men wore their blond hair cropped close, but Ruaud’s darker locks didn’t curl about his ears and forehead in whimsical wisps begging to be touched. Ruaud’s nose bore the lumpish evidence of having been broken at least once, but no scars marred the squire’s face. And those eyes—merciful heaven, if the squire regarded her once more with those probing, sea-green eyes, she would faint from the delectable agony.
Relief washed over her when he broke eye contact and strode to the packhorse. Broad shoulders and sinewy arms rippled as he wrestled something from a saddle pack. For one wanton moment, she imagined being encircled by those arms, protected, cherished. Loved… happy…
She shook her head. One of his countrymen had murdered her brother. She must despise this man.
And yet that task was proving to be a major chore.
This book is about Alain, also known as Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre knight of Normandy. The book is set right after the Battle of Hastings. The other main character is Kendra, Lady Kendra of Edgarburh. Both have lost their brother through the recent fighting and they are on opposite sides of the conflict, at least they seem to be. The King of England in an effort to restore peace has decreed marriages between his loyal knights and local Ladies and noblewomen in an effort to bring everyone together under his rule. But Alain doesn’t want to just start his arranged marriage, he wants to see what Lady Kendra is like as well as trying to see what is causing the problems in her lands so he goes to visit and pretends to be a squire to start with to get an idea of what is going one without everyone knowing who he really is. Kendra is embracing her skills at healing and trying to do what is expected of her. She doesn’t want to have feelings for a Norman, but does for Alain despite herself.
This book was really good. The interaction between the characters really allows the characters to come alive and be believable. There is just enough magic to be believable and go along with the time period. This is a great book for people who love to read historical romances. This is a good book for people who like a good romance with some paranormal aspects to it. I would recommend this book to others.
I’m giving this book 4 fangs.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet.
Kim is a Seattle native (when she used to live in the Metro DC area, she loved telling people she was from “the other Washington”) and a direct descendent of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim’s novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband’s ancestor, the seventh-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.
For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, and other novels under her new imprint, Pendragon Cove Press.
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YOUTUBE VIDEO INTERVIEW: http://youtu.be/DV5iKrEIROk
Kim Iverson Headlee will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a package of 10 autographed Snow in July note cards to a randomly drawn host (this is an international giveaway). In addition GFP will be awarding a randomly drawn host a $5 Amazon GC.