Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fairytale Retelling, Love & Romance, Romance
It takes more than an inferno to thaw a frozen heart.
Actress Elyse McKenna only wants to perform in Shakespearean dramas—not live in one.
With the 1814 London Frost Fair in full swing, Elyse and her troupe at the Ice House Theatre find themselves at the heart of the excitement on the frozen Thames. While the Ice House Theatre’s production of A Midwinter Night’s Dream thrills the London crowd, Elyse’s backstage life begins to take on a distinctly Shakespearean turn.
When she fell in love with Lord John Waldegrave, she was prepared to keep their liaison secret. But she wasn’t ready for her newfound love to rock her relationship with her dearest friend, Doctor Kai Murray. Everything Elyse thought she knew about her feelings for her old friend gets flipped upside down when an exotic ship captain, whose ship is frozen in the Thames, turns her attention to Kai.
If Elyse hopes to escape the Thames with her heart intact, she must find a way to discover the truth about the captain, Kai, John, and her own feelings—before it’s too late.
Ice and Embers is a retelling of the classic Snow Queen fairy tale set in Regency London.
I don’t even know were to being with this book. The cover is amazing! I am so in love with this cover, everything about it. It’s gorgeous! I am quickly falling in love with Melanie Karsak’s writing, I haven’t read any retelling quite like her take on fairytales. This one was about the snow queen and it did not disappoint.
Elysa & Kai…sigh…Kai….I loved this world and I adored both characters. I loved the love story and the twist at the end. I wish it had more of the “snow queen” but over all I just loved everything about this book. I wanted to be in this world for a while. Elysa is an actress and the Thames freezes which bring the 1814 London Frost Fair. Elysa performs at the Ice House Theatre, she is being courted by a gentleman that she is head over heals in love with but her BFF Kai that lives on the other side of her window isn’t so sure about this gentleman since he wants to keep the relationship a secret. Kai is protective of Elysa but he allows her to do what she wants however you can tell he is in love with her. The story is loosely based on the Snow Queen fairytale. It’s like you can sense the story underneath the wonderful story that she has created. I honesty hated when this book ended.
Overall, I thought this was an amazing story, I loved all the characters and the twist that I didn’t see coming at all. I can’t recommend this book enough. Between this book and her Curiouser and Curiouser book, I am loving her stories, I can’t wait to read more from her.
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