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Whitefire (Lovegram Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 27 Jun 1997

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Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines a biography this way: A biography is the written history of a person's life. Fern Michaels isn't a person. Fern Michaels is what I DO. Me, Mary Ruth Kuczkir. Growing up in Hastings, Pennsylvania, I was called Ruth. I became Mary when I entered the business world where first names were the order of the day. To this day, family and friends call me Dink, a name my father gave me when I was born because according to him I was `a dinky little thing' weighing in at four and a half pounds. However, I answer to Fern since people are more comfortable with a name they can pronounce.
I've been telling stories and scribbling for twenty-five years. I hope I can continue for another twenty-five years. It wasn't easy during some of those years. As I said, I had to persevere. My old Polish grandmother said something to me when I was little that I never forgot. She said when God is good to you, you have to give back. For a while I didn't know how to do that. When I finally figured it out I set up The Fern Michaels Foundation. The foundation allows me to grant four year scholarships to needy, deserving students. I then went a step further and opened pre-school and day care centers with affordable rates for single moms who are having a hard time of it. Doing Fern Michaels allows me to do this and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't thank God for being so good to me. I don't know what I'm the most proud of, the books I write, the scholarships, the pre-schools or the fact that I put my kids through college on my own with no help from anyone. Probably the latter because when all else is said and done, the only thing that matters is family.

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In 16th century Russia, during the reign of Ivan the Terrible, a Cossack woman begins a vengence quest a gainst the marauders who destroyed her village and against t he man who seduced her, not knowing that her seducer would h elp her avenge her people. '

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
why in the world.... 22 July 2006
By Shell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
did this book get so many good reviews? The hero is IMPOSSIBLE to like!!! First he rapes Katerina, then he professes to love her, then, while only being gone from her for a short timeframe he has sex with any woman who comes near him!! In fact in one paragraph he is thinking of Katerina (whom he is supposed to love so much) and in the next instant he is lusting after a serving girl!!! Come on!By the end of this book I was hoping that Katerina would realize what a worthless jerk he was and forget about him, or at least beat him to a pulp. He really did not deserve such a woman as she. This book goes up for sale.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Ick 18 Dec. 2008
By kirSib - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm pretty surprised at the four star rating on this book. It's one of the worst romance books I've read. The plot had potential and got my attention right away, but it just went downhill until I was skimming the last 100 pages. The leading man was disgusting, unlikeable (he rapes the heroin on page like 25) and spends his time thinking about how someday he's going to find a woman he can keep pregnant nine months out of every year. Then abruptly in the middle of the book he has a change of heart and we're just supposed to like him now. Katarina seems like she has potential, but the writing was so choppy and rushed in parts that I found it very confusing and she wound up just seeming like an idiot for falling for this guy. Overall, not a good read at all.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I generally like unusual romance novels, but THIS one takes the biscuit! 30 Jun. 2008
By SusieQ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My first Fern Michaels novel. It was probably a poor choice for a first read from this author; I feel confident saying she's got to have better books out there than this historical, written in 1978. Yet there are plenty of romances written in the '70's and '80's that have held up better than this mish-mosh.

The one thing I can say that I unreservedly liked about this story--the only thing that seemed consistently well written--is the heroine's inner conflict after being raped...the oppressive burden she carries, that she needs to keep what happened a secret (because her clan values virginity), versus her desperate wanting, needing, to tell someone what happened to her.

This inner conflict, particularly the scene where she finally confesses to her dying grandfather what was done to her, is well done. Her devotion to, and her courage in getting back, her prize white mares, is also to be admired.

I also liked that the story was set in Russia during the reign of Ivan of Terrible -- a goldmine of an under-used period of history for a romance writer-- but, the scenes of Ivan's sexual decrepitude and growing insanity became gross and frankly repetitive; after the sixth such scene I was feeling queasy.

At times I found the editing confusing - sometimes I wasn't sure which character was doing the thinking/speaking.

But I think the real reason I'm giving this novel 1 star was not merely the fact that the heroine, Katerina was brutally raped by the (so-called) hero of the tale (though that actually is enough of a reason). It's because the author just doesn't have the skills to overcome that repulsive fact (does any writer, I wonder) and redeem Banyan, the rapist/male hero character, in order to give these characters a HEA. Thus, when they do end up together, it's really rather... gross? weird? Both?

Granted it's a pretty tall order to make a rapist the "hero" in a romance novel, but then, why would a romance author try to do this?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the worse romance novels ever. 24 Aug. 2011
By Jami J. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I know rape was a big thing in romance novels in the 70s, but usually it was disguised as "forced seduction" so one could at least pretend the woman wanted it. Not here. Nope. The "hero" mistakes the heroine for a peasent and RAPES HER right out in the open in front of another person. It's only when he finds out she's nobility that he decides to treat her right. And she agrees to work with him? HECK NO! She should be trying to castrate him with a rusty knife like any real woman would. Not falling in love with the man who RAPED HER AND DEGRADED HER. I don't know what kind of delustional person would give this trash a five star review. Possibly someone who thinks it's okay when husbands beat and rape their wives or a rapist themselves. Because only someone who's completely delusional would like this trash.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Whitefire (Five Star Romance) make that Zero Star Romance 11 Nov. 2010
By E. Bartholomew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am with the other 1 star reviewers here. It boggles my mind that not only has this book been published once in 1978, it has been republished twice since. I too like unusual romances, but this book was awful. I don't even consider it a romance. I won't go into further details as the other 1 star reviewers explain my feelings towards this book.
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