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 . 20 Jun 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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The Flame and the Flower

The “hero,” Brandon, is even worse. Brandon threatens Louisa and sends her away. Knowing what I know about women’s rights and slavery, and knowing in which time it was written, The Flame and The Flower made me want to throw up.

So many of her innovations would go on to become the bedrock conventions upon which the historical romance genre would be grounded. For he is determined to make the sapphire-eyed prize. Again, since this Uncle character is evil, he is fat and ugly.

Initially, I was a bit worried, because Brandon came off as an arrogant, self-absorbed jerk. They take her aboard their ship where she is raped repeatedly by the year-old captain and illustrious hero of the story.

He lusts after Heather, has constant jealous outbursts and is a man envied by other men and lusted after by other women.

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Short novels which followed a conventional plot pattern and were set in contemporary times were known as category romances. She seemed to shy away from showing the ugly aspects of slavery in the interactions woodiwwiss Brandon with his slaves. He never redeemed himself for what he did to her in any way and I have no idea why they fell in love. It would’ve all been a little more palatable if, say, he’d had too much to drink and wasn’t in total control of his faculties.


But no power Doomed to a life of unending toil, Heather Simmons fears for her innocence—until a shocking, desperate act forces her to flee.

My God, you wench! This book for instance is utter shite, full of stupid one dimensional characters with a pointless storyline that just drags on and on!!

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Of course I read somewhere that this is one fower if not the first original ‘bodice rippers’. Ashes in the Wind. The latter group are the likeable characters: He spends the first half of the book being such a jerk that I hoped she would run off with the brother.

She swirled gaily and turned her head with a carefree air, making her braids swing and causing men to follow her with their eyes. The Flame and the Flower was rejected th agents and hardcover publishers, who deemed it as “too long” at pages. He’s not perfect, but he was a good man and he really did show his love for Heather as this story progressed. Besides realizing that he could, gulp, love a ‘slip of a girl’ his character doesn’t really grow in my opinion.

He’s such an idiot and his brother is merciless in pointing it out to him. Comment…Oh love u lovely as flowwer love by love love for love love of love love is love love…evol.

Henry, however, was so sweet and so blinded by his love for Heather that I couldn’t help wondering if he might not have understood about the flams and married her anyway if she’d had the courage to tell him.


He loses any common sense – again, if he has any – and is so overcome by her beauty that he rapes her a few times. However, just when I thought things were getting better, Brandon flew into a fit of jealousy over Heather dancing with other men at a ball they were hosting. kathelen

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Woodwiiss fact, some of his gentleness towards Heather reminded me of a Ny Garwood hero, particularly in the scene when Heather’s water has broken and he’s trying to get her changed.

Ratings and Reviews 7 61 star ratings 7 reviews. For he is determined to make the sapphire-eyed lovely his woman. However, the whole rape scene kind of left a bad taste in my mouth, and the memory of it haunted me throughout, essentially marring the better parts of the book.

The heroine was not only raped by her future husband, but two other men attempted to rape her. He did wodoiwiss an impression on me though, and in spite of the fact that he never would have been able to give Heather the material things that Brandon could, he certainly was a lot nicer. How to write a great review. As a child, Kathleen E. After all, it is kind of fun in a melodramatic way. Brandon Birmingham is an American businessman and the woodiwiws of the ship Fleetwood. I understand that in in the American South, women were c The writing style was beautiful.