The Captain and Miss Winter
A Regency Fairytale Retelling
(Forever After Retellings Book 2)
By Sally Britton
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. It is a sweet/clean romance novella, and is Book 2 in a series of Regency retellings. The stories can be read in any order.
Book 1: Beauty and the Baron by Joanna Barker
Book 2: The Captain and Miss Winter by Sally Britton
(Courtesy of goodreads.com)
ADULT POINT OF VIEW:
Have I already mentioned I’m a sucker for a clean Regency romance? Plus, I love fairytale retellings? If not, now you know one of my secrets. Because of this, I had to read The Captain and Miss Winter.
I’m not reading these books for the plot, but rather for the characters and the fun way the author retells the familiar tale. This time, it’s retelling Snow White and Rose Red set in the woods of France after the Napoleonic wars.
Britton does an excellent job on all of the main characters. Scarlett is a bit sassy, forthright and definitely speaks before thinking. Her sister is much more cautious and circumspect. Their grandmother is observant, thoughtful, and diligent in raising her granddaughters.
The girls’ lives changed with the war and their father’s choices, leaving them stranded in France even though they are English – and they anticipate problems if they return to their homeland since their father was branded a traitor. When the captain comes to their door, he looks more like a bear than a man with his thick beard and fur coat, but his manners reveal his true character.
As you have guessed, love is in the air. And while neither one knows it, the other can’t stop thinking about how much they care for the other person. It’s the perceptive grandmother who starts to untangle the knot, being forthright and asking the captain if he loves Scarlett. She is just as honest with her granddaughter, but Scarlett doubts the captain. There is so much unknown, but she has agreed to help him find the missing treasure. When the winter thaws, they set out to try and solve the mystery, but much more is discovered than they originally anticipated.
If you love a clean romance, I highly recommend this book, and so far, the series. One of my favorite parts was when Scarlett told him he looked like a bear and wondered if he danced. Instead of dancing, he swept them off their feet with stories. I think you’ll want to dance with this bear.
4 out of 5 stars
If you enjoyed The Captain and Miss Winter, I recommend Austenland by Shannon Hale, Bride of a Distant Isle by Sandra Byrd, and The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley.