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Everlasting [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
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Once, Abrielle was a privileged daughter coveted for her bearing, her breeding, her wit, and her beauty. But when her stepfather is denied his rightful title and the wealth that accompanies it, Abrielle finds herself suddenly disgraced. Only one man would still have her: the oafish and grotesque Desmond de Marlé. To rescue her once-proud family's honor, Abrielle must sacrifice her virtue to this scoundrel she fears and detests . . . even as she yearns for another lover.

Dashing, handsome, tall, and kind, Raven Seabern is quite unlike any man Abrielle has ever encountered. But their love can never be, for Abrielle is betrothed to a monster. And the well-being of everyone she cares for demands that she honor her promise. Still, Raven knows he has found the true one and must never let her go—though secrets, deceptions, dishonor, and unimaginable peril will surely be their fate if they follow the dictates of their hearts.

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With more than 36 million copies of her best-selling novels in print, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is one of America's most popular authors. She has written 12 enormously successful masterworks of romantic fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060545534
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (13 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W964H2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
'Everlasting' follows the fortunes of Abrielle Harrington, a beautiful young woman whose fiancé died by falling down the stairs at his Keep a day before the wedding. Abrielle's mother Elspeth and stepfather Vachel have unfortunately fallen upon hard times and are virtually penniless. The heir to Abrielle's late fiancé, Desmond de Marlé, has conceived a passion for her and wants her - unfortunately Abrielle finds him repulsive. Since he inherited the de Marlé Keep the serfs have been badly treated and half starved.

The only person who interests Abrielle is Raven Seabern but he's a Scot so not appropriate for her, especially as he doesn't seem particularly interested in her, just seems to watch her. In the end, in order to save the family from penury, Abrielle agrees to marry Desmond de Marlé and counsels her stepfather to arrange the biggest payment possible for her - which he does.

Abrielle seems rather bad news as a potential wife. Her first fiancé died on the eve of the wedding, her second lasts slightly longer, but all too soon Abrielle is on her own again, this time with a great deal of money and with suitors flocking round her, as well as those who would do her evil trying to get at her. Throughout all this, Raven Seabern is a constant, often rescuing her or protecting her, and yet Abrielle doubts his motives. Can a Scotsman and a Saxon woman ever get along?

The writing style of this book is very simple with light descriptions of places and events, no very deep characterisation and a plot that was never very taxing. It's always easy to spot the 'baddies' as they smell or have rotting teeth or are fat; the 'goodies' are always attractive, clean, lean and with good teeth! The story is really a collection of events including kidnappings, sieges and rescues, through which Abrielle learns to trust Raven. It's a pleasant enough read but nothing special.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Mrs. Woodiwiss 31 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
Her carer began over thirty years ago with her first novel The Flame and the Flower and The Wolf and the Dove Woodiwiss passed away recently, but we have one last opportunity to enjoy a new novel from her, the beautiful and memorable Everlasting The heroine of Everlasting Lady Abrielle, is lovely, bright and well-bred--the toast of the English royal court. Every nobleman wants to marry her. Yet when her stepfather loses a chance at great wealth, Abrielle no longer has money or property to bring to a marriage. Now, the only man who'll have her is a wealthy but cruel and vulgar brute rumored to have murdered his first two wives. Abrielle resigns herself to her duty--remember, back in those days, women had little to no choice in whom they wed.

Yet, if Abrielle could choose her mate, it'd be Raven Seabern, the dashing Scottish ambassador who can't seem to keep his stunning blue gaze from hers. Raven is considerate, yet masterful and nobody's fool. He awakens in Abrielle new emotions and sensations with one intimate dance and a single, stolen kiss. But one fateful night, Abrielle's fortune changes. A gruesome occurrence forces her to become a competent woman instead of an uncertain young maiden. And now Abrielle has to decide if she's ready for everything that goes along with getting exactly what one wishes for.

Everlasting is a lovely and engaging novel. It entices the reader with a charming central love story surrounded by intrigue, action and plenty of heroines in dire straits. An appealing and sweetly sensual final offering to readers who remain devastated by the loss of the author. And it is, perhaps, a gift to readers yet to discover the charm, passion and inspirational quality of her books. For discover her they shall. As long as women continue to support this magnificent genre, they will read--and pay homage to--the woman who made it possible. Also, if you missed reading Tino Georgiou's masterpiece--The Fates, go and read it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I was a bit disappointed 15 July 2008
Format:Paperback
I'm truly sorry to hear that Mrs. Woodiwiss has passed away. I love her work. As a matter of fact, I own every single book she ever wrote and although I've read hundreds of romances from different authors, some of her books are my ultimate favourites.

However, I must admit I was a bit disappointed when I finished Everlasting. I don't know. Something was missing. That special spark that I can feel in e.g. Shanna or The Flame and the Flower. We are lacking some real tension between the main characters, some real verbal battle, emotional chaos... all of which I can find in some of her other books.

Still, I will always remember her as a great writer who enriched my days with her amazing books which can be read over and over again.

So I thank Mrs. Woodiwiss for her legacy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple tale of love and war in the 12th century 11 Nov 2007
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
'Everlasting' follows the fortunes of Abrielle Harrington, a beautiful young woman whose fiancé died by falling down the stairs at his Keep a day before the wedding. Abrielle's mother Elspeth and stepfather Vachel have unfortunately fallen upon hard times and are virtually penniless. The heir to Abrielle's late fiancé, Desmond de Marlé, has conceived a passion for her and wants her - unfortunately Abrielle finds him repulsive. Since he inherited the de Marlé Keep the serfs have been badly treated and half starved.

The only person who interests Abrielle is Raven Seabern but he's a Scot so not appropriate for her, especially as he doesn't seem particularly interested in her, just seems to watch her. In the end, in order to save the family from penury, Abrielle agrees to marry Desmond de Marlé and counsels her stepfather to arrange the biggest payment possible for her - which he does.

Abrielle seems rather bad news as a potential wife. Her first fiancé died on the eve of the wedding, her second lasts slightly longer, but all too soon Abrielle is on her own again, this time with a great deal of money and with suitors flocking round her, as well as those who would do her evil trying to get at her. Throughout all this, Raven Seabern is a constant, often rescuing her or protecting her, and yet Abrielle doubts his motives. Can a Scotsman and a Saxon woman ever get along?

The writing style of this book is very simple with light descriptions of places and events, no very deep characterisation and a plot that was never very taxing. It's always easy to spot the 'baddies' as they smell or have rotting teeth or are fat; the 'goodies' are always attractive, clean, lean and with good teeth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I have just spent many hours reading this great story, and was sorry to read the last page, I wanted it to never end I'm sure Katharine must have been sorry to leave these fine... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mo Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars qeverlasting
Lovely. A lively read. True romantic style. Keep returning to Kathleen's books. They are so absorbing.
Have nearly read all her novels. Love them!
Published 5 months ago by Dee George
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
Super book from this writer, her books always leave you wanting more. Will buy another of Kathleen E Woddiwiss' books soon.
Published 12 months ago by MR.KEITH MASTERS
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC READ
I HAVE BEEN A BIG FAN OF KATHLEEN WOODIWISS SINCE THE 1970S, HAVE ALL HER BOOKS,ALWAYS LIKED HER STYLE OF WRITING,WHAT AN AMAZING AUTHOR.THIS IS A GOOD READ.
Published 18 months ago by Miss E. Simpson
3.0 out of 5 stars Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Bought this book for myself as I have read several others by the same author.

I haven't finished it yet as I lost interest and put it aside. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2011 by Linda
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
Whatever happended to the twists and turns of plot that Kathleen Woodiwiss is famous for? This was a ordinary tale with no depth and the main characters didn't seem to gel as they... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2009 by J. Bearne
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
If you are a true Kathleen E Woodiwiss fan, as I have been for many years, please do not read this book. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2009 by Harry Mad Housewife
4.0 out of 5 stars Kathleen's Farewell
The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss is the first book of it's genre I read (is it really 30 years ago?) and to this day it remains my all-time favourite. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2008 by C. A. Park
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Work
As always, a truly beautifully written story, exciting, a page turner, fantastic descriptions of peoples and places. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2007 by Mrs. S. J. Hart
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