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The Flame and the Flower (Birmingham)

The Flame and the Flower (Birmingham) [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
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The Flower

Doomed to a life of unending toil, Heather Simmons fears for her innocence—until a shocking, desperate act forces her to flee. . . and to seek refuge in the arms of a virile and dangerous stranger.

The Flame

A lusty adventurer married to the sea, Captain Brandon Birmingham courts scorn and peril when he abducts the beautiful fugitive from the tumultuous London dockside. But no power on Earth can compel him to relinquish his exquisite prize. For he is determined to make the sapphire-eyed prize. For he is determined to make the sapphire-eyed lovely his woman. . .and to carry her off to far, uncharted realms of sensuous, passionate love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 792 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380005255
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (17 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC11UQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Loupop
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am amazed that this was Woodiwiss's first novel. What a courageous debut!
To begin reading what is seemingly going to be a formulaic love story and to be confronted by a rape scene within chapters begs the reader to examine the characters in this book in a lot more depth than is usually required in this genre.
Woodiwiss continues to shock throughout this novel, with her meek, childlike heroine, her bullying, arrogant, over-bearing hero and her picturesque stereo-types of negro servants, once the story arrives in America.
Having said all this, you can not fail to simply love this story. The true romance lies in the growth of the characters and how they are forced, particularly in Brandon's case, to allow themselves to love and be loved without fearing the outcome.
Heather's character, though sweet and innocent, possesses an untold strength in her ability to survive even the worst treatment and rise above it without resentment or bitterness.
Brandon is truly a man's man, unused to showing any vulnerability or tenderness until he meets Heather and even then consistently fights against his true feelings.
Woodiwiss's strength as a writer lies in her ability to write a powerful story with strong memorable characters who stay true to their natures throughout. I have yet to come across another romantic author who can write so convincingly in the guise of a male character.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best romance novel ever written 23 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first historical novel I ever read. I was in the fifth grade, and I used it in one of my bok reports. (My teacher was a little put out, but who cares? this book was incredible!) It was fascinating. Two people trying to deny their love for one another because of a gross misunderstanding and miscommunication---FANTASTIC!!! Who hasn't been there? The tension between Heather and Brandon was wonderfully written and believable. The love scenes were tasteful and still erotic. The adventure and suspense was wonderful. This novel had everything in it, romance, light comedy, suspense, adventure, deceit, and a happy ending. The perfect combination for any romantic at heart. I have bought three copies of The Flame and the Flower because it is my all-time favorite and I re-read it so much. It is unforgettable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired 30 Nov 2004
This book sparked my love for reading. I was 14-years-old and it was summer vacation and I was bored to tears. My mother handed me the book and said, "Here, read this...I think you're old enough now." I hated reading before this book!!! After reading it, I knew I would name my son Brandon if I ever had one. Guess what? My son's name is Brandon and his twin sister is named Breonna, Heather's middle name (spelled differently). I've been an avid reader ever since this book! Thank you Kathleen Woodiwiss for opening up a whole new world for me. By the way, I'm 42 now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes shocking, but still a love story 1 Jun 2014
By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Flame and the Flower" by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is the story of a sad young girl who due to the twists of fate will go through numerous tragic events in her life, yet still didn't give up her search for love.
The book that, although sometimes difficult to read, is a work that audience would love.

The novel's heroine Heather Simmons who remained without anything after her father died is taken by her uncle and violent aunt named Fanny.
Given all the physical and emotional abuse that she will go through with her foster parents, Heather will be forced to run away and end up in the ship's cabin of Brandon Birmingham on his boat Fleetwood.

Brandon will accidentally replace her for a prostitute and will sexually exploit her, and when she will become pregnant he will be forced to marry her.

And though their story at the beginning doesn't look fabulous, in the rest of the novel they two will gradually reveal mutual feelings, learn to trust each other even though their past and their surroundings don't do anything to help them ...

Heather, main character of this novel, isn't the typical heroine that are usually found in novels of this kind, strong and determined , but due to all the terrible things she has experienced in his youth she is filled with fear, with no confidence in herself and in others.

On the other hand, Brandon is totally opposed character that doesn't evoke reader's sympathy. He wants everything under his control, when he extremely hurt Heather only thing he is able to do is to offer her becoming his mistress even though she doesn't want to, but as the action progresses, his character and his feelings for Heather will change.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Flame and the Flower is sometimes held up as an example
of the best of the romance genre. It is recommended to
aspiring romance authors for its supposedly devastating
levels of sensuality. To an extent, I would have to agree
that Woodiwiss' work does successfully convey a certain,
stomach-turning kind of sensuality. Unfortunately, that is
about all good I can say about this brick of a book. We
are presented with a pluckless heroine and a conceited
hero, neither of whom seem to develop too much more than
the barest personality throughout the book. I did not like
the repeated objectification of the heroine, nor did I
like the message that outer beauty could compensate for
lack of personhood. Perhaps my greatest quarrel are the
numerous grammatical errors which bullet the text. I was never
so caught up in the romance to miss them. Lines such as,
"'Ssh,' he shushed" and "Please,' she pleaded" are fairly
typical of the insipid dialogue. Yes, the genre has come
a long way since this book was published in 1972. Yet it
is still available on bookshelves for purchase in 1996; is
it speaking well for the genre?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
First read this years ago, still as enjoyable in today's modern age!
Published 2 months ago by ATF45
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
I read this and other Kathleen Woodiwiss stories when I was in my early twenties and I was hooked. I also recommend The Flame and the Flower - early Medieval Norman Conquest of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by soso
5.0 out of 5 stars For all non soppy romantics
Got to love the Flame and the flower one of my all time favs by this author, Heroine is a quiet, shy and abused english lass, Hero and arrogant but hunky American. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Allison
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I read this book more than 40 years ago, and I always remembered the book and the author. So I bought it on kindle, and really enjoyed reading it again.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite feel good author!
Love Kathleen E Woodiwiss books. Good old fashioned romance with a bit of a plot. Nothing heavy, no violence and the endings are always satisfying. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dee George
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start, bit boring in the end
I found the beginning of this book really good, it had more grit and a more compelling story, however the book went down hill rapidly and the characters lost their charisma, the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Helen Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
I first read this book in the seventies in paperback. Now I have my kindle I bought it and read it again and loved it just as much. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tarin Day
5.0 out of 5 stars KATHLEEN WOODIWISS
I have always loved her books and this is another one to add to my collection to read again excellent
Published 9 months ago by Joan
1.0 out of 5 stars The rapist and the twit.
Heather, the immaculately gorgeous Cinderella female lead whose poor pretty head is filled with dreams of pretty dresses and gay parties in London, whilst suffering under the thumb... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Voracious Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Read
After reading The Wolf & The Dove, I downloaded The Flame & The Flower. Another good read from KEW. Wolf & Dove would still be my favourite but this is a very close second. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Hopeful
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