Palmer, Diana. Winter Roses. (New York: Harlequin, 2007). ISBN – 9780373039852.
Main Characters: Ivy Conley and Stuart York
Related Works: This story is part of Diana Palmer’s Long, Tall Texans series – of which there are too many stories to name. Check out Diana Palmer’s website for a list of them all – although the list hasn’t been updated since 2000.
Description from book:
Diana Palmer’s heroes are compelling, vibrant and utterly impossible to resist, just like her novels!
Handsome, eligible ranch owner Stuart York was not one to mince words. Ivy Conley, his younger sister’s best friend, found out the hard way. During a night’s stay at his Jacobsville ranch, Ivy wound up in Stuart’s arms. The resulting fireworks singed them both . . . and knowing she was too young, Stuart closed his heart to her.
Now, years later, Ivy is determined not to be treated like a little girl anymore. Although still an innocent, Ivy knows she has her own battles, but for some reason Stuart is always fighting them for her, and keeping her from harm. And, safe in Stuart’s arms, Ivy feels like a woman – a woman who belongs to her.
Note on cover description:
The book description for this title actually matched up with the plot. Very cool!!
This is a classic Diana Palmer story. Ivy Conley, who has had nothing but problems from her family, is best friends with Merrie York. Unfortunately, Merrie’s older brother, Stuart, isn’t so fond of his sister’s best friend. Come to find out Ivy’s older sister has fed Stuart lies about Ivy – which she also did to their father. At the outset of the story, Ivy agrees to spend the weekend with Merrie, but only because she promises Ivy that Stuart is out of town. Ivy, wearing one of Merrie’s more delicate and expensive nightgowns, runs into Stuart late at night while trying to find some medication for her migraine. Stuart gives into his desire to kiss Ivy and learns pretty quickly that Ivy is rather innocent. Because Ivy is only 18, Stuart decides to keep her away from him and is seen with another women shortly thereafter.
Two years later, Stuart and Ivy meet again at a local dance where Stuart cannot seem to stay away from Ivy. The leading males in many of Diana Palmer’s stories seem to fight their attraction in order to remain single. However, in this case, Stuart appears to have given into his feelings for Ivy from the moment they meet again at the dance. He quickly flies out to New York when Ivy’s sister is murdered. While there is a period where he seems to doubt Ivy and stays away, he comes to her sister’s funeral. From there, it is only a short while until the wedding.
I have to admit that I am a sucker for a romance with best friend’s older brother – of which Diana Palmer has written several – The Best is Yet to Come, Darling Enemy, Heart of Ice, and others (as well as a romance with the guardian). So, I was hooked by Winter Roses from the beginning. I will admit that I have gotten used to Diana Palmer’s longer novels. Somehow, this series romance seemed a bit short. I would have loved to had the story be longer – and more in depth. However, I now look forward Diana Palmer’s next books – The Morcai Battalion in December and Iron Cowboy from Silhouette in March!
Read first on October 9, 2007.