Series: La Vie en Roses #.5
Published by Zebra on 12/03/2013
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
"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.