The Flame and the Flower (The Birmingham Family) [Kathleen E Woodiwiss] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. New York Times bestselling . Editorial Reviews. Review. “The queen of historical romance.” From the Back Cover Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Kindle App Ad. Look inside this book. The Flame and the Flower (Birmingham Book 1) by [Woodiwiss, Kathleen E . The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss In the early s, Woodiwiss’s first novel was rescued from the slush pile by editor Nancy.

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He’s domineering and mean, ,athleen he does sometimes take Heather shopping, which makes her like him a little bit. Although Brandon can be a bit of a bully when crossed, from the very beginning of the novel he demonstrates a capacity for humor and irresistible kindness.

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I didn’t hate it, but neither did I love it like so many other romance fans woodieiss. I truly do not get it. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. Let’s take Heather, for example. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

We only get Brandon’s POV in brief snatches, so we don’t really get much in the way of inner life or motivations. If I were Heather, I don’t believe I’d have been worried when she thought Brandon had left her at the inn.

The aunt treated her no better than a servant, so essentially she was a Cinderella-type heroine. It seemed these young women could relate to both Heather’s age and her coming-of-age journey during the story.

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Never Thd a Highlander. Old and English and out of print, but perhaps still in your library…she wrote very undemanding but quite entertaining romancy books in the mid 20th century, flaem of which make for very katuleen comfort reading indeed!

So if I guy thought you were hot and wanted you he could just rape you and you had to marry your rapist!!!! Heather confronts Thomas, who confesses to killing both women, and also William Court, and then tries to rape her.


Here we meet the sexually autonomous, villainous Other Woman, a cringe-worthy Mammy stereotypethe heroine’s brother an updated version of the hero that’s still in beta-testingand all of the jealous, spurned women and their mothers who were vying for Brandon’s hand kwthleen are bitterly resentful that this girl – who doesn’t even go here – somehow managed to snatch him up for herself and get impregnated with his child.

Much like Brandon, I’m not sure why Heather fell in love with him, except that he gradually begins to treat her better.

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Adn Disneyland depiction of the slave plantation woodieiss a bit insulting for me as a reader. She rides to London with her aunt and uncle and through the connections of a powerful family friend, the rapist, Captain Brandon Birmingham, is forced to man up and unwillingly dragged to the altar with Heather Simmons, the ever-deferential.

Over the next few months, as they prepare for and undertake a voyage to Brandon’s home in Charleston, South Carolinatheir feelings for each other flwer to soften. I felt that was so cowardly and made her unlikable. I can see how some might have issues with what happened in the beginning of the book Every man who sees her wants her. The hero in these types of books is usually very similar to the villain, distinguishable only by a very thin and wavering Instagram Twitter Facebook Amazon Pinterest Woodiwiss is often credited with creating the first bodice ripper or the first ” modern historical romance novel.

The ensuing love scene itself was fine thankfully no more rapebut knowing how they got there, cast a pall over it too. Poor baby to have to live with that and the poor girl married to her rapist has to find a way to make peace and continue to fo Wtf!!! This article’s lead section does not adequately summarize key points of its contents. Trivia About The Flame and the Woodiwiss’ writing skills undoubtably draw you into the story, however, therefore the two stars.

Is this really what women fantasized about in the s? Heather gets kidnapped off the streets of London after accidentally killing her uncle, and as I was reading that part I was like, yawn, ho hum, when are we going to get some action up in this book? When dissected, they’re often nothing but spoiled, selfish little bullies.


However, he really redeemed himself, showing a profound selflessness and dedication for his young wife. Once they arrive in America, he also defends her against Louisa’s attacks, both physically and verbally, never allowing the potentially embarrassing truth of her getting pregnant out of wedlock to come out.

It certainly sounds like a potentially realistic scenario for those times, but I’m sure that most women who found themselves in such an untenable position never experienced the happy ending that Heather did, which is, woosiwiss course, what makes it romance rather than real-life. Confessions of a Dangerous Katnleen. Forever in Your Embrace.

The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

View all 8 comments. Actually, I found Heather refreshing since so many of the heroines are feisty beyond reason and not at all an accurate protrayal of women of their time. She went gladly and collected his clothes from the room, more than grateful because he had been lenient with her.

And it is enduring. I’d rather she called a spade a spade, and showed Brandon as a more kindly slaveowner. Heather Simmons was left destitute when her parents died.

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Wicked and the Wallflower. He didn’t apologize to her. And even on the occasions when he acted kindly towards her—purchasing thoughtful gifts, sparing no expense in purchasing a new wardrobe for her, caring for her when she was sick, standing up for her when she was verbally assaulted by his jealous ex—he would invariably ruin the moment by turning around and saying something rude and hurtful.

These were distributed to drugstores and other mass-market outlets and were generally available for only one month before being pulled from the shelves. In my mind, Brandon Birmingham needs to go sit in the corner and think about what he’s done. It’s Gone With The Wind with actual sex scenes, minus the complexity of the main characters.