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A Winter's Rose (Daughters of Avalon #2) by Tanya Anne Crosby. Historical Romance My Review.

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It has been five years since King Stephen took the English throne. The border lands are fraught with tensions. Loyalties are uncertain. Only the strong will hold their lands, and behind every strong man is an even stronger woman.

Facing the grim prospect of a forced marriage to a feckless minion of King Stephen’s, Rosalynde, the defiant youngest daughter of Morwen Pendragon takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her mother’s spell book and a stolen wimple, she disguises herself as a plain, matronly nun and flees her loveless fate…

Giles de Vere, lord of Warkworth, is facing his own arranged marriage—to Rose’s sister, the reclusive Seren, reputed to be the loveliest woman in all of Wales. But destiny has its own wayward plans, and when the bold knight finds himself a reluctant champion to a runaway nun, he hasn’t any clue of the lady’s true identity. All he knows is that while Rose is far from beautiful, there’s something magical about her that speaks to his heart…


Rosalynde Pendragon is descended from a long line of witches.  Unfortunately her mother is very wicked and uses the foulest of all magic.  Rose and her sisters are doing all they can to put a stop to the problems her mother can cause for the whole of the realm. 
After his whole family is wiped out  Giles de Vere  is forced to leave the seminary to claim his family's lands from the Crown. 
These are dark times in Britain with a wicked witch so close to the King.  Our heroine and her sisters have a lot of danger to face,  most of it from their mother.  Does our gifted hero have the strength to be her Champion. 
Lots of adventure and magical characters. 
This is part of a series but each book can be read alone. 
I loved it. 


Put a menu in front of me and I immediately don't know what I want. Fried green tomatoes with grits? Yep, OK. Fish? Sounds good, too. OK, so what are you having? I'll do that too. When it comes to shoes--forget it. I end up buying nothing because I can't make up my mind. Thank God I have a husband who has great tastes, or my closet might be empty. I'm one of those people who suffers from acute ambivalence given too many choices, but when it comes to what I wanted to do with my life, I've known that decidedly since the age of 12--and probably long before that. It all began once upon a time after a tonsillectomy, when the doc advised mom and dad they should reward me with anything I wanted (the key word here being anything). All I wanted was dad's typewriter. I got it, of course--a black, sporty Olympia I immediately set out to wearing the letters off the keys. So here I am all these years later, with sixteen books under my belt and a new one on the way ... still wearing the letters off keyboards ... and loving every minute. 

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