Review: A Rose in Winter by Laura Florand

Review: A Rose in Winter by Laura FlorandA Rose in Winter by Laura Florand
Series: La Vie en Roses #.5
Published by Zebra on 12/03/2013
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

"A Rose In Winter" By Laura Florand
Allegra Caldron knew the rule never to talk to strangers. But on a cold winter night in Provence, she breaks that rule--and more--with an irresistible man. Raoul Rosier seems thrillingly dangerous, yet why does Allegra feel so safe with him--even when she believes he's a thief?

*This novella was published in an anthology. The cover shown is from that Anthology, No Place Like Home.*

Despite the fact that I’m always a little underwhelmed with novellas, I am always picking them up. I think they are great for when you’re in a reading slump, or stuck in that I-don’t-know-what-to-read-next phase. And as I have so been enjoying Laura Florand’s books, A Rose in Winter, the prequel to the La Vie En Roses series, was a novella I had to read.

A Rose in Winter is about oldest Rosier cousin, Raoul, who, after traveling around Africa for many years, is finally back in his small hometown in France. He’s back in the valley of roses, where his family has been growing roses for hundreds of years. Raoul is a little lost. He’s spent so much time away from his hometown, and now that he wants to move back, he’s not sure there is a place for him anymore.

Allegra is an American, doing research for graduate school. She’s pretty friendly, and often guys look at her like their best friend, instead of a girlfriend. She’s been interviewing the Rosier family, including estranged Tante Colette.

Allegra and Raoul get together pretty quickly, but that is to be expected as this is a novella. But they really didn’t know each other before hand. The morning after, when Allegra wakes to find Raoul stealing a gift Tante Colette gave her, she’s pretty pissed. There’s a little conflict there, but, of course, it all gets resolved. Tante Colette helps the love birds along, as she does, and I really enjoyed that. Tante Colette is pretty awesome, that’s for sure.

I did really enjoy the story. I loved seeing the Rosier family – a complicated mess there, but they do all genuinely care for each other. I was also completely rooting for Allegra and Raoul to work out their differences and be together. A Rose in Winter is a nice prequel to this series, but it’s also isn’t particularly special, either.


11 Responses to “Review: A Rose in Winter by Laura Florand”

  1. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    It seems like your love of the author is what really made you enjoy this story? I can understand that though, since if I love an author, I’ll forgive a lot later on. 🙂 I am really hoping to making one of Florand’s novels my next read!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Definitely read Florand! I loved The Chocolate Touch and Once Upon a Rose so much. This was fun, because I like the setting and family, but it’s not a must read, in my opinion.

  2. Chachic

    I loved reading this novella because it was my introduction to Laura Florand’s Provence series. I loved the South of France setting and immediately wanted to read more. I have a feeling I will be rereading this in December for the Christmas feels. 🙂

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      The setting is really special. You know, I’m not really all that into France – the setting, the language, any of it. It all boils down to too many years for French class in school (and not stellar teachers), so it says something that I loved this setting. And it’s a great read for Christmas, definitely!

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I have a love/hate relationship with novellas but like you I can’t resist them! I haven’t read any of Laura Florands books but the family aspect sounds interesting. I think I’ll start with a full size book though so I can get to know the family before going with a novella.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I know! Novellas rarely satisfy me, but I am always reading them. It’s not like they are bad, just not satisfying.

      But Laura Florand is great! I so recommend her.

  4. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I love holiday novellas so I may pick this one up sometime. I need to catch up on Florand’s backlist. I do love her writing!

  5. Lola

    I like novella’s as they are so short, they are easy to read and quick to finish. Although like you mention they often feel a bit underwhelmed to me, although I’ve read some novella’s were the lenght was perfect for the story it had to tell. The romance always moves a bit quickly in novella’s, but I am glad to hear this was a good one! The family sounds great.

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