Thursday, 4 February 2010

Sapphire in the Snow - Cover, Blurb, Excerpt

First published in 1989 with Harlequin Mills and Boon, this début novel has been revised and reissued in paperback and as an e-book.

Cover for new e-book Edition

New Cover Blurb


Raised in a convent, innocent Beatrice Giffard never imagined she’d be stolen away by the fierce Saxon warrior, Edmund of Lindsey. Her handsome abductor is going to use her as a political pawn because she is Norman!

After his brother is killed in a massacre, Edmund is thirsty for vengeance. Using Beatrice will bring him closer to his enemy, but he’s unprepared for the strong attraction to this beautiful maiden. Her gentle ways are laying siege to his heart…but how will he choose between protecting his family or loving her? 

Sapphire in the Snow is a passionate and dramatic medieval romance set in England in the turbulent aftermath of the Norman Conquest. 
This début novel won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Award for New Writers in 1989. 

To read an excerpt, please click on the widget below:

Original Cover Blurb

Bullied out of her French convent to accompany her cousin, Lady Anne de Vidames, to her wedding in England to Aiden, Thegn of Lindsey, Beatrice is at first bemused, and then torn, by this twist in her fate.   Anne's escort, Baron Philip de Brionne, has no love for the Saxons, despite the edicts of William the Conqueror, and he precipitates a massacre!  
Rescuing Edmund, Aiden's half-brother and newly Thegn on Aiden's death, Beatrice uses her nursing skills to good effect.   Except that when Edmund recovers enough to go into hiding, he takes Beatrice along too!


The kiss went wild. Her lips softened, parted for him. Gold fire ran along her veins. He'd set her alight. Every inch of her tingled where she had touched him . His mouth moved under hers, warm and tender. She pressed closer. She could feel the warmth of his chest through her gown and it made her breasts ache. Even the leg that was still half over him tingled too. Beatrice groaned and, soft and malleable as melting wax, she sagged against him.
    Edmund ran a hand down the length of her body. A frisson of delight rippled through her.
    How do you do that?' she gasped.

Readers Write

Here's what a reader says of the original on Goodreads.

A recent reader on gives the new edition 5 stars. 

      Sapphire in the Snow



Reviews from

 'Comes over beautifully. A real love story with gentleness.'

'I'm not a reader but I loved it. TV firmly off!'

'Couldn't put it down. Read to the end.'

'Stayed up until 3 am to finish it.'

A recent review of the original edition may be found here.

A moody view of the Fens


Caprice Sundquist said...

I absolutely adore this novel. I'd even go so far as to say its my favorite! I lost the copy I did have unfortunately, and I am searching for another. I definitely suggest reading it if you can find it!

Carol Townend said...

Thanks for your kind remarks! I'm hoping to bring it out as an e-book soon. Next year seems likely,
best wishes

Alison said...

Thank you for posting a link to my review - love this story so much and am now proud owner of the revised ebook!

Carol Townend said...

Thank you, I am relieved you like it! I didn't wanted to change the story, just update the language and style a little.
Best wishes