The Snow Bride (The Knight and the Witch Book 1) by Lindsey Townsend
From Amazon: England, winter, 1131. Elfrida, spirited, caring and beautiful, is also alone. She is the witch of the woods and no man dares to ask for her hand in marriage until a beast comes stalking brides and steals away her sister. Desperate, the lovely Elfrida offers herself as a sacrifice, as bridal bait, and she is seized by a man with fearful scars. Is he the beast? In the depths of a frozen midwinter, in the heart of the woodland, Sir Magnus, battle-hardened knight of the Crusades, searches ceaselessly for three missing brides, pitting his wits and weapons against a nameless stalker of the snowy forest. Disfigured and hideously scarred, Magnus has finished with love, he thinks, until he rescues a fourth ‘bride’, the beautiful, red-haired Elfrida, whose innocent touch ignites in him a fierce passion that satisfies his deepest yearnings and darkest desires.
My Review: After finishing this story, I realized the true magnificence of this story set in the 1100s. 99 percent was true to the time. I had wondered if this was the right book for me to read when I read about the dark magic, as that is not my thing. Never fear. Dark magic was minimal and light and love shone forth in good magic. If you love castles, winter, snow, maids, maidens, knights, Christmas, romance, some sexual encounters, and some evil that was vanquished, this is your next read! Five stars.