Publisher: Gatekeeper Press (28 Jun. 2020)
Print length: 390 pages
Page numbers source ISBN: 1642379921
Genre: Historical Romance Mysteries
Against the turbulent backdrop of the English Civil War, where political treachery and religious persecution are commonplace, an unlikely romance springs up between Catherine Trefelner, a strikingly beautiful village girl, and Robert Bradshaw, co-heir to one of Cornwall’s richest estates.
The BookViral Review:
A seventeenth-century romance mixed with the mystery of murder is the canvas upon which Russell spins her tale and a heady mix it proves to be!
Weaving a delightfully feisty narrative that courts intrigue, she admirably maintains the tone and tenor of the genre, her bygone era lovingly resurrected with an infallible eye for detail and a keen ear for dialogue that pervades throughout.
There are the jocularity, craving and indulgence that attests to the timeless allure of historical romance, but this is much more than a captivatingly voyeuristic novel with Russell encouraging reflection on prevailing matters of the heart.
Suspense, unresolved sexual tension and love are abundant, but they would be little more than the requisite offerings of romantic fiction if it wasn’t for Russell’s talent for creating wonderfully vibrant characters. First and foremost of which are the recalcitrant Julian Bradshaw and Catherine Trefelner. Their story being one of tragic loss, recovery, love and ultimately acceptance.
Immediately enthralling Hot Winter Sun proves an extraordinary debut for Russell and one which will undoubtedly be well received by fans of 17th-century historical romance. It is recommended without reservation!