Sweet romance surrounded by snow and interesting characters? Yes, please! Even the title takes away winter's chill. In the mood for a heartwarming historical Christmas tale set in Regency times? Give The Warmth of Snow by Heidi Eljarbo a try. Read on!
The Warmth of Snow
There must be a way to thaw a heart long frozen. Can she help him, or does he have other plans?
August Brandell, the count of Linborg, has returned home after four years of war against the French Empire under the direction of Napoléon Bonaparte. Wounded and downtrodden, he is a meager shadow of the man he used to be.
One day, a lovely young woman comes calling. She’s strong and bright and, unlike the rest, seems unaffected by his wealth and unfortunate disability. He soon discovers he wants more than a sweet friendship, but a life of caring for him would not be fair to such a beautiful soul. Oh, how dearly, deeply he loves her and secretly wants her to stay, but he cannot and will not ask such a sacrifice from her…especially not when it’s out of pity for him.
Erica Gustava Ebbesdotter has primarily been left to herself since she was orphaned at an early age. Although grateful to her aunt and uncle for taking her in, they pay her no attention and even keep her in the dark about her parents.
Hearing about Count Brandell’s unfortunate fate on the battlefield, she knocks on the door at Castle Linborg to leave him a card of encouragement.
Meeting Count Brandell changes Erica’s entire world. Falling for him is utterly unexpected. Soon, he fills her heart, but he is far above her station. How can a man like him see beyond her less refined clothes and past? Worst of all, he is already betrothed.
This is a sweet and wholesome historical romance—a hauntingly beautiful tale of two hearts meant to be together.
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A Snippet from The Warmth of Snow
The count kept his gaze on her, his weary eyes full of empathy. “And how are those memories now? Do they still keep you awake at night? Do they make you angry? I’m only asking because that’s how I felt for a long time after my parents passed away from fever, leaving their fourteen-year-old son to learn from experience how to run this castle and estate.” He clasped his hands together. “So many people die during these times of war, but when a tragedy befalls those who are closest to us, it marks us for life, doesn’t it?”
Erica offered a deep sigh and fumbled for a reply. How often had she imagined her parents’ fear and despair as they fought against the forces of nature, clinging to their only child, praying for help?
“I’m sure your father taught you well,” she said. “But you must have had some help…a mentor perhaps…someone who guided you through how to take care of your inheritance.”
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Meet Heidi Eljarbo
Heidi Eljarbo is the bestselling author of historical fiction and mysteries filled with courageous and good characters that are easy to love and others you don't want to go near.
Heidi grew up in a home filled with books and artwork and she never truly imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as an author, magazine journalist, and painter.
After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, thirteen grandchildren—so far—in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier.
Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter.
Heidi’s favorites are family, God's beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.
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Title: The Warmth of Snow
Author: Heidi Eljarbo
Publication Date: October 24th, 2023
Genre: Sweet Historical Romance / Scandinavian Fiction