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#Review – Snow in July inc Giveaway 11


#Review – Snow in July inc Giveaway

I received this book for free from Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

#Review – Snow in July inc GiveawaySnow in July by Kim Iverson Headlee
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Promotions
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Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre has been granted what every man wants: a rich English estate in exchange for his valiant service at the Battle of Hastings. To claim this reward, the Norman knight must wed the estate's Saxon heiress. Most men would leap at such an opportunity, but for Alain, who broke his vow to his dying mother by failing to protect his youngest brother in battle, it means facing more easily broken vows. But when rumors of rampant thievery, dangerous beasts, and sorcery plaguing a neighboring estate reach his ears, nothing will make him shirk duty to king and country when people's lives stand at risk. He assumes the guise of a squire to scout the land, its problems, and its lady.Lady Kendra of Edgarburh has been granted what no woman wants: a forced marriage to an enemy who may be kith or kin to the man who murdered her beloved brother. Compounding her anguish is her failure to awaken the miraculous healing gift bequeathed by their late mother in time to save his life. Although with his dying breath, he made her promise to seek happiness above all, Kendra vows that she shall find neither comfort nor love in the arms of a Norman…unless it snows in July.Alain is smitten by Lady Kendra from the first moment of their meeting; Kendra feels the forbidden allure of the handsome and courtly Norman "squire." But a growing evil overshadows everyone, invoking dark forces and ensnaring Kendra in a plot to overthrow the king Alain is oath-bound to serve. Kendra and Alain face a battle unlike any other as their honor, their love, their lives, and even their very souls lie in the balance.

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My Review

Snow in July is a journey into Englands middle History, where the Saxons and Normans where still fighting. I believe it is set just after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, but don’t quote me on that. Either way, the history discussed was fascinating, not least because of the unusual way of of portraying it.

The story of Sir Roberts budding relationship with Kendra was heart warming, it’s a shame that kind of thing is long forgotten. I wasn’t surprised with much of Kendra’s feelings throughout the story, and so was able to imaging how she would have felt.

The suspense, danger and adventure, meant that you want to read the book in one sitting, although I’d defy anyone to even try it. Would make for one very long day that’s for sure. The only thing that let the book down from a historical point of view, was the paranormal aspect of Kendra’s healing abilities. I’m not inclined to believe such a thing really exists. Would be cool though.

Anyway, this is a great book for just about anyone, those historical romance lovers among us especially. Enjoy.

Author Bio

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet.


Kim is a Seattle native (when she used to live in the Metro DC area, she loved telling people she was from “the other Washington”) and a direct descendent of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim’s novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband’s ancestor, the seventh-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.


For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, and other novels under her new imprint, Pendragon Cove Press.

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  • Ree Dee

    I really enjoyed the interview. I have never seen a video one. Thank you!

    • http://www.thereadinghead.com/ Liza Shaw

      So pleased to enjoyed it Ree, thanks for visiting.

  • Kim Headlee

    I’m sorry to be late to the party; I had forgotten that I had a Disqus account. (Ah the joys of social media… :D) Anyway, thank you so much for your thoughtful review and I’m glad you enjoyed the story!

    • http://www.thereadinghead.com/ Liza Shaw

      Haha Kim no problem. I’m late too.

  • http://www.thereadinghead.com/ Liza Shaw

    You are all very welcome

  • Victoria

    Thanks for your honest review.. I love a good historical romance, but throw in some suspense and I’m definitely going to love it! I’m looking forward to reading it :)

    • Kim Headlee

      Thanks, Victoria; I hope you do! :)

    • http://www.thereadinghead.com/ Liza Shaw

      Sounds like you’ll enjoy this one then Vicytoria

  • Patrick Siu

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Kim Headlee

      And thank you, Patrick, for stopping by! :)

  • Goddess Fish Promos

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