I just finished Winter Rose, by Patricia McKillip and it's very good! I saw it was by the same publishing company who did the Twiligh series, and thought it looked...interesting.
Rois, (I really like that name, oddly) is a grown woman (about 20, I'm guessing) who is not suited for marriage. She wanders in the wood, picking flowers and plants to use and to give to the apothocary. Rois's sister, Laurel is about to marry next spring, and is the caretaker of the family. It takes place in...the 1800's?, I think. At least, it seems like it.
Everyone in town has heard the rumors of how Nial Lynn used his last breath to curse his son, who was murduring him. What was that curse? Who knows? Everyone has their own ideas, especially the older people who knew Nial and his son.
Now, Corbet Lynn, (again, an interesting name that i kind of like) the grandson of Nial has returned to claim the house that was his family's. The rumors are stirred up once again.
Now, back to Rois. she has developed a sort of fascination with Corbet. Some may call it an "obsession," but I, personally wouldn't blame her. She "thought" she saw him form...?...or come...?...out of the sunlight in the forest. That's weird...
The tale spins onto reveal the relationship between Corbet, Rois, Laurel. Also, the truth about Rois and Laurel's mother, how she died and who she was watching for.
Patricia McKillip's way of writing is so poetic. I really noticed how she said about what Rois smelled, saw, felt, and all that. She really described every sense, which makes it more fun to picture in your head. My favorite aspect of the story, is the fact that Rois is wild and loves the outdoors, and that is what makes her different, it's what makes her realize the truth about Corbet Lynn. (Honestly, the man seems extremely sweet and relatively gorgeous...they need a movie!)
The title of Winter Rose is very appropriate. Think about it: a girl who loves the forest, and plants, stuck in the cold confines of her house in the winter...what is she going to do? Roses don't bloom in the Winter...am I making any sense?
Overall, I recommend this book. It's a real page-turner! :)