The Captain and Miss Winter

A Regency Fairy Tale Retelling (Forever After Retellings, Book 2)
Narrated by: Jessica Elisa Boyd
Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Romance, Regency
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A captain seeking to repair the past and the daughter of a fallen gentleman, searching for a treasure that will change their lives forever.

The end of the Napoleonic wars comes as a relief to Caspar Graysmark, but before he can settle into the comfortable life of an English lord he has a duty to the people of France. A treasure lies hidden in the heart of the forest, stolen gold that would save the lives of many who lost everything during the war. In his quest, Caspar stumbles across a hidden cottage in the woods, and a different sort of treasure altogether. 

Scarlett, living with her sister and grandmother, belongs nowhere. Her father’s mistakes led to their exile from England and their banishment into the forest. The cold winter months have taken their toll on Scarlett’s spirits and her grandmother’s health. The Englishman who arrives at Scarlett’s door, looking more like a bear than a captain of the British army, reminds her of all she lost to the war. 

With winter drawing to a close, Caspar must find the missing gold, but his quest to right the wrongs of war has changed. Can Scarlett let him rescue her, too? 

The Captain and Miss Winter is based on the story of Snow White and Rose Red, as recorded by the Brothers Grimm. It is a sweet/clean romance novella, and is Book 2 in a series of Regency retellings. The stories can be heard in any order. 

Book 1: Beauty and the Baron by Joanna Barker

Book 2: The Captain and Miss Winter by Sally Britton

©2018 Sally Britton (P)2019 Sally Britton

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Sweet

A pleasurable listen - free from the typical dribble in this genre. Clean and with likable characters. I hope this author keeps writing these historical romances.

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The Captain and Cinderella

A wonderful story one that I have never read before. Jessica Elisa Boyd did a wonderful job with bringing the. story to life.

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Great Vibe!

This has an eerie, fairy-tale-ish tone that was really fun. It was a quick listen with a great narrator!

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Charming!

Caspar and Scarlett were two very delightful characters in this Regency fairytale story. I didn't read the synopsis very closely before I started listening to this story and was trying to puzzle out which fairytale it was based on. I kept thinking possibly some fairytale about a bear...in my memory there was some vague recollection of a fairytale or maybe it was a myth about a bear. But when I finished the book and finally read the synopsis I realized it was based on Snow White and Rose Red by the Grimm Brothers. And I can't recall if I've read their version of Snow White or not. If any of you know something about the bear myth/fairytale that was nudging its way to the forefront of my brain feel free to enlighten me. And it could be very possible that it is from the Brothers Grimm and I have read it and had just forgotten.

I really enjoyed the bit of mystery and suspense throughout this one and the fairytale quality of it. Caspar is a gentleman through and through and it showed throughout the book in every scene he was in. His care for Scarlett and her family was evidence of that. I couldn't help but grin and feel relief for them when he showed up and helped to lighten their burdens and cares through simple little tasks. When it talked about the sisters having to shovel all the snow and that it would take them hours to do so, then Caspar without being asked, swept in and shoveled it for them in a shorter amount of time I could have cheered loudly. Hee Hee! I live where it snows A LOT! And a house I lived in for several years has an enormously long driveway. It would take me hours to clear it off with no help, only to have the snow cover it up completely and I'd have to clear it off again. I enjoyed it but man was I grateful when the snowblower was an option (it worked sporadically so manual shoveling it was)!

I have always loved fairytales, the lighter happier versions more so than the dark and grim originals. I enjoy seeing how different authors can create their own spin on those fairytales, and this one was charming. Scarlett was a light to read/listen about. I loved her finding joy in her situation and adding her humor to the more dreary moments of her life.

A fun winter story to enjoy while snuggled up with your favorite hot cocoa flavor and fuzzy blanket!

Content: Clean. A couple moments of mild peril.

Happy Reading!!!

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Short and Sweet Retelling

I love that Sally Britton picked Rose Red for a retelling. It's one of my favorite fairy tales and doesn't get retold as much as I'd like. Sally is a great storyteller and her ability to weave so much loveliness into just over three hours makes her books and easy choice for me.

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  • JP
  • 02-09-20

A heart warming romance

My thoughts on this book:

• I liked that Casper had honor, kindness, and commitment. He was on a quest to find French loot that had been lost, so he could give it to the poor people of France to make their lives better.
• Casper and Scarlett were such kind characters. You wanted them to fall in love with each other.
• The writer's words painted clear pictures that helped me to visualize the scenes and the emotions of the characters. I felt like I was a part of those scenes.
• The author's writing style was concise vivid, and clear.
• The narrator did an excellent job of bringing this story to life.
• I really enjoyed this short novella. It was such a warm, sweet romance.

At my request, I was given a free copy of this audiobook from the author. I have voluntarily left my review and my opinions were my own.

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A Delight for the Ears

This is a charming retelling of the fairytale of Snow White and Rose Red. As a favorite story from my childhood it was fun to see the new life this author brought to this tale. Sally Britton uses such wonderful description you feel that you are transported to the French woods along with Casper and Scarlett. Jessica Elisa Boyd's narration breathes a life into the characters and is a joy to hear. You will not want to miss out on this fun story. I recommend picking up your audiobook today!

Content Rating: Violence-mild; Language-no profanity; Sex-mild kissing

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A different kind of magic

This is a retelling of the fairytale Snow White and Rose Red. In the original story there is a bear that is really a prince who has been put under an enchantment. There is none of that sort of magic in this story. Instead the author uses her imagination and an inspired pen to weave her own sort of magic through storytelling. Sally Britton has a gift for taking a simple story and giving it a full and rich enhancement. The attention to some of the details makes you believe she was actually there to record the story as it unfolded. The narrator of this book is Jessica Boyd. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to her voice. She does such a good job of changing tones for each character often taking the listener along as she tells the tale. She narrated “The Unexpected Heiress” another of Sally Britton’s books, and in each she was able to sweep me away to another time with her pleasant, soothing voice. The thing I liked best about this book was the author’s ability to take a completely imaginary story with dwarfs and curses/enchantments and make it a totally believable tale. Real magic!

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Regency retelling of Grimm's Snow White & Rose Red

I listened to the audiobook which was great--the narrator did a fantastic job. I hadn't read the book blurb before I started listening but it sounded familiar because it's a Regency retelling of the Grimm's fairy tale Snow White & Rose Red.

I liked Scarlett's relationship with Caspar, the Captain who was determined to find the treasure that had been hidden so he could right some of the wrongs done to the people during the war with Napoleon. Scarlett is a brave young woman and Caspar is such a gentleman, who wants to do the right thing. He wants to use his position to help her, her sister and grandmother, and Scarlett would love to go back to the easier life she had led before the war, but she's afraid of what would happen to them because of her father's actions that led to them living in the forest. Scarlett and Caspar have a tender love story which I enjoyed.

This isn't a novella but it's also not quite a novel--it's a nice way to spend a couple of hours curled up in a cozy blanket.

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A favorite fairy tale retelling

I enjoyed this short fairy tale retelling! The narrator and accents definitely brought to life the different characters of the story!

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  • REBrown
  • 01-19-20

Engaging story!

It was a sweet, gentle story and it kept me eagerly listening! Worth the listen for sure!

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  • Cara H.
  • 12-27-19

Magical Retelling of Snow White and Rose Red

Story was exceptionally well written, it is not often that you will find such a complete story in a novella. Wonderful character development. The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life and adding depth to each character. Highly recommend.

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  • Stacey
  • 12-25-19

Another great novel by Britton

This was a truly sweet, clean and feel good story. Set in France during the Regency era, it incorporates all of the components that I enjoy! Intrigue, suspense, humour and romance - include a spunky, beautiful heroine and a kind, handsome hero along with a doting grandmother and observant, no-nonsense little sister.... what’s not to love?!
I have enjoyed every one of Sally Britton’s books and this one is no different. Excellently narrated by the talented Jessica Elisa Boyd, this story is a pleasure to listen to.