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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Book review: The Snow Bride by Lindsay Townsend

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England, winter, 1131

Elfrida, spirited, caring and beautiful, is also alone. She is the witch of the woods and no man dares to ask for her hand in marriage until a beast comes stalking brides and steals away her sister. Desperate, the lovely Elfrida offers herself as a sacrifice, as bridal bait, and she is seized by a man with fearful scars. Is he the beast?

In the depths of a frozen midwinter, in the heart of the woodland, Sir Magnus, battle-hardened knight of the Crusades, searches ceaselessly for three missing brides, pitting his wits and weapons against a nameless stalker of the snowy forest. Disfigured and hideously scarred, Magnus has finished with love, he thinks, until he rescues a fourth 'bride', the beautiful, red-haired Elfrida, whose innocent touch ignites in him a fierce passion that satisfies his deepest yearnings and darkest desires.

My Review:

The Snow Bride delivers a thrilling tale of magic, adventure, and love.

I adored Magnus!!  I loved how he was not the flashy knight-in-shining-armor, but instead was battle-scarred and weary, was someone who's proved himself and could be counted on to keep fighting through any and every battle.  He desperately sought after a seemingly unattainable dream and watching him realize Elfrida was his dream come to life - what he wished for and then more - melted my heart.  The gentleness he showed Elfrida balanced wonderfully with his protectiveness that flared around her. 

Elfrida had a heart that overflowed with devotion and compassion, even as much as she struggled to truly find her place.  She had a special kind of wisdom and a stubborn tenacity that saw her through her journey, and afforded her the opportunity to learn that she wasn't on her own fighting battles anymore.

I enjoyed watching the two of them learn to compromise and trust each other - which was very much a challenge with their temperaments and instincts.  Their ability to communicate and make reparations quickly also showed strength and confidence.  Their strengths played well off the other, even if sometimes you were wanting to join the other in shaking someone... haha.

If you enjoy a adventure story filled with knightly brawn and magical good-vs-evil, this is a fantastic story to snuggle up with on the long, dark winter nights.

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  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful review, Michelle! I'm thrilled and delighted with it!

  2. Lindsay, Congratulations on such a wonderful review. Not only did she give great descriptions and character traits of the hero and heroine,but pointed out their flaws and attitudes that makes a reader sit up and want (have) to read this story pronto. Another amazing tale and wishing you much success.

  3. I loved this story so much. Well, heck, I love all Lindsay's stories, but these about Elfrida and Magnus really hold a special place in my heart! Great review, and very well-deserved!

  4. Like others, I enjoyed the story and this is a beautiful review of a wonderful book. Congratulations, Lindsay. Doris

  5. I loved this story. It deserves this exquisite review. Congratulations, Lindsay!

  6. Many, many thanks, Michelle, Doris, Sarah, Beverly and Cheryl!
    What a lovely start to 2020!

  7. Congratulations on your new release. Love the name Magnus, so strong and masculine. A wonderful review, and well-deserved.