A Kindled Winter by Rachel L. Demeter
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: November 1, 2015
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“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” — Dale EvansA week before Christmas, Jeseca Reed sets off for Blue River, Oregon—her childhood home and a vault of tender memories. However, fate takes an unexpected turn when she’s left stranded in the mountains’ vast, untamed wilderness. Desperate and alone, she seeks shelter at a cottage and finds herself in the arms of a mysterious stranger. Dr. David Drake was once a renowned cardiovascular surgeon. But a devastating tragedy has left him scarred both inside and out, unable to use his hands to operate again. For the past five years, his Blue River cottage has been his sole escape—a safe haven where he can shut out the world, bury himself in his grief, and reunite with his son’s memory. Together they are summer and winter. Fire and ice. And yet a poignant connection forms between them. Jeseca awakens David and thaws his heart with a romance hot enough to melt snow. But before David and Jeseca can fully embrace each other, they must wade through darkness and confront the ghosts of their pasts …
Equal parts steamy and heartfelt, A Kindled Winter brings the spirit of the holidays to life with a passionate story of second chances and healing love.
Would they rescue each other?
Jeseca Reed was going home for Christmas though she wasn’t all that excited about it. She was looking forward to seeing her Mom but the rest… No, some memories were best left alone. When an accident finds her plans derailed and the temporary guest of the very private Dr. David Drake, her life would never be the same… David didn’t know what to do with Jeseca as she made herself at home in his personal refuge. Haunted by grief and haunting memories, they needed something as strong as the Christmas spirit to work miracles for them both.
Opposites in so many ways, Jeseca and David quickly came to realize they had more in common than just being stranded in a remote cottage. Things move quickly and slowly at the same time. Sounds confusing but this is a short story with a lot to cover in a short period. Despite that, their relationship seems to build at a good pace, not rushed, as the layers of their past and their losses are revealed. It’s sad and emotional but also uplifting as they are forced to face their problems and are, finally, able to move forward. It’s not always easy…
“What the hell am I supposed to do with her?”
And it’s not without some tears along the way, but at the end… it’s truly a Christmas romance to remember.
A KINDLED WINTER BOOK TRAILER
ALSO BY RACHEL L. DEMETER
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Colonel Gabriel de Laurent departed for the war intending to die.
After a decade of bloodstained battlegrounds while fighting in Napoleon's army, Gabriel returns to the streets of Paris a shattered and haunted soul. Plagued by inner demons, he swallows the barrel of his flintlock pistol and pulls the trigger.
But fate has a different plan.
Ariah Larochelle is a survivor. Orphaned at twelve and victim to a devastating crime, she has learned to keep her back to walls and to trust no one. But when she finds a gravely injured soldier washed up on the River Seine, she's moved by compassion. In spite of her reservations, she rescues him from the icy water and brings him into her home.
Now scarred inside and out, Gabriel discovers a kindred spirit in Ariah—and feelings he imagined lost forever reawaken as he observes her strength in the face of adversity. But when Ariah's own lethal secrets unfold, their new love is threatened by ancient ghosts. Can Gabriel and Ariah find hope in the wreckage of their pasts—or will the cycle of history repeat again?
Perfect for fans of Gaelen Foley's Lord of Ice and Judith James's Broken Wing, Finding Gabriel features all the dark romance, searing passion, and historical intrigue of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.
ABOUT RACHEL L. DEMETER
Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of eleven years. She enjoys writing poignant romances that challenge the reader's emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.
Imagining dynamic worlds 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 mother would record them for her. She holds a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, she ensures every character is given a soul.
Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.