25 June, 2014

Book Tour Review: Frost of Springtime by Rachel L. Demeter

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To rescue her was to rescue his own soul.
On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, rescuing her from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.

But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian war, the seasons pass. And in that long year, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her age.

Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home” is gone—replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out of reach. Scarred inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart.

Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love.


Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of ten years. She enjoys writing dark, edgy romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and examine the redeeming power of love.
Displaying RachelDemeter_portrait.jpgImagining stories 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 mom would jot them down for her. She has a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether sculpting the protagonist or antagonist, she always ensures that every character is given a soul.

Rachel strives to intricately blend elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some common themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness. Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.

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Series: N/A
Release Date: 14 February, 2014
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance/Historical Fiction
Edition: Ebook
Review Written: 25 June, 2014

I had the pleasure of hosting this book as part of a book blast earlier this year, so when the opportunity came to review it, I knew I had to. Set shortly after the Franco-Prussian War's end, The Frost of Springtime focuses on the civil unrest in Francis, and especially Paris, and the repercussions.

Vitcomte Aleksender de Lefèvre has never truly loved anyone, not until one faithful night when he happens to encounter a child in her darkest moments. Drawn by the wretched circumstances of the child's life, Aleksender makes it a point to adopt the child and sponsor her in the life of Paris so she might have a fresh start. Years pass, and of course Sophia cannot remain a child forever. Upon returning from the Franco-Prussian war, Alek is greeted with a blossoming young ward who's love for him is not quite as proper as it should be. Add that in with rising anxieties and fears of the elite, the growing rebellion of the common people, and the loveless marriage at home; Alexsender is torn between what he loves and the responsibilities his title as Comte leave him struggling under.

Demeter's writing is fantastic, engaging and complex yet easy enough for readers to immerse themselves into the story line. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good book to read about the politics of 1870s France (in fictional terms of course) and to all of those who adore historical romances.


  1. Hi, Kathryn! :)

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I am thrilled that you enjoyed The Frost of Springtime and very appreciative of your continuous support.

    If it's not too much trouble, could you please cross-post your thoughts to Goodreads, Amazon, and B&N? :)

    Thank you again, Kathryn! I'm honored to have you on my tour.


    1. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review such a wonderful book. I've done as requested and cross-posted everything. :)