Author: Sally Britton
Series: Forever After Retellings #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: February 6, 2019
Publisher: Love Letter Press
A captain seeking to repair the past and the daughter of a fallen gentleman, searching for a treasure that will change their lives forever.
The end of the Napoleonic wars comes as a relief to Caspar Graysmark, but before he can settle into the comfortable life of an English lord he has a duty to the people of France. A treasure lies hidden in the heart of the forest, stolen gold that would save the lives of many who lost everything during the war. In his quest, Caspar stumbles across a hidden cottage in the woods, and a different sort of treasure altogether.
Scarlett, living with her sister and grandmother, belongs nowhere. Her father’s mistakes led to their exile from England and their banishment into the forest. The cold winter months have taken their toll on Scarlett’s spirits and her grandmother’s health. The Englishman who arrives at Scarlett’s door, looking more like a bear than a captain of the British army, reminds her of all she lost to the war.
With winter drawing to a close, Caspar must find the missing gold, but his quest to right the wrongs of war has changed. Can Scarlett let him rescue her, too?
The Captain and Miss Winter is based on the story of Snow White and Rose Red, as recorded by the Brothers Grimm.
The Forever After Retellings series is by multiple authors. The individual books may be read in any order.
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing; mild (nonsexual) violence or horror.
I have only recently discovered Ms. Britton’s works and have enjoyed reading them. This is a regency era retelling of The Brothers Grimm story of Snow White and Rose Red, a fairy tale I was not familiar with. It is not Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I had to look this one up to review the story.
I think Ms. Britton did a good job keeping to the original story yet making it different. She gave a believable reason to put three English women in post-war France for an Englishman to find. It was clean, sweet and entertaining. In the brief space of a novella the characters had a convincing insta-attraction that led to falling in love (as opposed to just having insta-love). It was a sweet happily ever after ending.
I enjoyed the first in this series as well so I’m looking forward to reading more.
Sex: a few kisses
Violence: threatened with a knife- mild
*I received an advance copy of the book and voluntarily chose to review it.
Overall Rating: 5 stars
Story Rating: 5 stars
Narrator-Jessica Elisa Boyd: 5 stars
My thoughts on this book:
• I liked that Casper had honor, kindness, and commitment. He was on a quest to find French loot that had been lost, so he could give it back to the poor people of France to make their lives better.
• Casper and Scarlett were such kind characters and I found myself hoping they would fall in love with each other.
• The writer’s words painted clear pictures that helped me to visualize the scenes and the emotions of the characters. I felt like I was a part of those scenes.
• The author’s writing style was concise vivid, and clear.
• The narrator did an excellent job of bringing this story to life.
• I really enjoyed this short novella. It was such a warm, sweet romance.
At my request, I was given a free copy of this audiobook from the author. I have voluntarily left my review and my opinions were my own.