Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Review Tour + #Giveaway: Winter Solstice in the Crystal Castle by Jennifer Ivy Walker @bohemienneivy @GoddessFish

Winter Solstice in the Crystal Castle

by Jennifer Ivy Walker

GENRE: Medieval Historical Romance


Gabrielle is a flame haired, fire hearted French princess who dreams of becoming a Valkyrie warrior queen like her Viking ancestors from Normandy. Sent to Paris to learn the proper etiquette for a future French queen, she is called home to le Château de Beaufort for a forced marriage to a man she loathes when her father the king’s precarious health takes a sudden turn for the worse.

Chivalrous, solitary knight Sir Bastien de Landuc suffers an impossible love for Gabrielle, the unattainable princess he can never have. Without a title of nobility, he is ineligible to compete in the tournament for her hand in marriage, despite his unparalleled equestrian skills and inimitable swordsmanship.

Yet, Yuletide wishes for a wondrous winter solstice in the glorious Crystal Castle might make impossible dreams come true.

Can the valiant knight win the coveted hand of his Viking Valkyrie?


Seven years of holding her close, inhaling her rose scented, luxuriously long red hair.

Seven years of admiring the soft, porcelain skin he longed to touch.

Seven years of perfectly molding her strong, athletic body to his own.

Tantalizing, torturous torment.

I shall be a warrior queen,” she’d told him, emerald eyes ablaze with fierce pride as she’d blocked and parried his blows. “A Valkyrie shield maiden, like my ancestor, Brunnhild.” Agile and graceful as a dancer, she’d spun with stunning elegance and surprising force, disarming him with a glorious, gloating grin. “And I shall defend this kingdom with my sword… thanks to you.”

She’d strolled across the heather blooms to pick up and return his fallen blade. And-- long red hair whipping in the salty sea spray like a victorious Viking goddess-- she’d kissed him, her full, sensuous lips bestowing a generous gift of gratitude.

And the promise of invigorating, intoxicating, impossible love.

L’amour impossible.

The courtly love of a chivalrous knight for a lofty Lady he could never have.

So, he’d worshipped her in his young heart, suffering in silence as she honed her impressive skills and shared her secret hopes for the future as a powerful, invincible queen.

A Viking warrior queen.

A valorous Valkyrie shield maiden.

A voluptuous vixen who danced in his daring dreams.

My Review:

Gabrielle is a flame-haired, fire-hearted French princess who dreams of becoming a Valkyrie warrior queen. Ever since she was a small child Gabrielle has always known what she wanted and her father the king could never deny her anything she wished for.

When Gabrielle made her wish to become a Valkyrie warrior queen her father hired Sir Bastien de Landuc to train her. Gabrielle and Sir Bastien hit it off from the beginning and their relationship continued to grow stronger over the years until a strong love developed between them. Gabrielle and Bastien know they can never marry as Bastien is not worthy to marry a princess as he doesn’t own land.

Gabrielle was sent to Paris to learn the proper etiquette for a future French queen but then she is called home when her father’s health starts to decline. Gabrielle is to be wed before her father’s death.

A tournament is being held for Gabrielle’s hand in marriage. Men of royalty will be fighting for Gabrielle but her beloved Bastien cannot compete as he does not own land. What are Gabrielle and Bastien going to do? Maybe they will run away together. Is that even possible? Probably not as her father would never stop looking for her. What is to become of Gabrielle and Bastien?

Winter Solstice in the Crystal Castle will draw you in from the first page and will have you racing to the end to see how everything turns out. You won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough as you race to the end wanting to know how everything will turn out for Gabrielle and Bastien.

Winter Solstice in the Crystal Castle is a very engrossing novel that will keep you glued to the pages as the world around you disappears for a few hours. The descriptions are so vivid making it so very easy to see and feel everything that is going on.

I would recommend Winter Solstice in the Crystal Castle to all fans of historical fiction. Grab a copy of Winter Solstice in the Crystal Castle today!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Enthralled with legends of medieval knights and ladies, dark fairy tales and fantasies about Druids, wizards and magic, Jennifer Ivy Walker always dreamed of becoming a writer. She fell in love with French in junior high school, continuing her study of the language throughout college, eventually becoming a high school teacher and college professor of French.

Her upcoming release, “Winter Solstice in the Crystal Castle”, is a steamy medieval romance between a flame-haired, fire-hearted French princess descended from Viking Valkyrie and the solitary, sullen knight who suffers an impossible love for her. For readers who enjoyed The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven trilogy—a fated mates paranormal fantasy adaptation of the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde, interwoven with Arthurian myth, Avalon, Elves, Druids, forest fairies, Vikings, and dark magic—will recognize several of the main characters in this new novel as well.

Explore her realm of Medieval French Fantasy. She hopes her novels will enchant you.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

We appreciate you featuring and reviewing this book today.

Marcy Meyer said...

The cover looks fantastic. Sounds like a really good story.

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great read.

Jennifer Ivy Walker said...

Thank you very much for hosting me to promote Winter Solstice in the Crystal Castle!

Sherry said...

This sounds like a good book.