The Frost of Springtime

Written by Rachel L. Demeter
Review by Erin Davies

Chance brought them together. A moment of mercy linked their futures. Ardent affection healed their hearts and forever entwined their fates. Tormented by personal demons, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre takes passing interest in a kindred spirit and shelters an abused child from the misery and neglect of life in a Parisian brothel. Years later, determined to deliver her savior from the purgatory of his waking nightmares, Sophia Rose dares offer him solace through steadfast and passionate devotion.

Dark, tragic and heavily romantic, The Frost of Springtime is reminiscent of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera. Ideally I might have liked to more emphasis on the historical material, particularly the politics of the 1871 Paris Commune against which the story takes place, but I really enjoyed the intense imagery and thematic scope of Demeter’s debut. A sensuously gothic tale, The Frost of Springtime isn’t to be missed.