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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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I can also give him credit for nursing Heather while she was sick although his boorish behavior is what caused it in the first placeand I think this was the turning point in their relationship. 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.

She even had a few other choice words for him, which were exactly what I’d been thinking.

Thw the man is fire and the woman a flower? Her struggle pulled his s 4. The Trouble with Dukes. Every woman who sees her is jealous of her.

Published April by Avon first published The novel revolutionized mainstream publishing, featuring an epic historical romance with a strong heroine and impassioned sex scenes.

Fuck you, The Flame and the Flower

An enraged Brandon then takes Heather hostage and attempts to rape her again, but breaks off his attack when she protests. It would be a long time before she’d dare call him names again kwthleen flare up in anger at him.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Louisa believes that Heather was a prostitute, and confronts Brandon.

If so, I thought it was hilarious. Oh goodness I remember when my best friend in 9th grade started reading her books,like, The Wolf and the Dove guess which one is the girl so I tried to like them too….

Stand up for yourself!

He spends the first half of the book being such a jerk that I hoped she would run off with fkower brother. After buying her husband an electric typewriter for a Christmas present, Woodiwiss appropriated the machine to begin her novel in earnest. And then she starts to feel guilty for being so mean to him.

Fuck you, The Flame and the Flower – Reading the End

I understand at first he thought Heather was a prostitute and thought she was just play fighting him when he forced himself on her. As Patricia Reynolds Smith pointed out during our panel discussion, in recent years there has been a tendency for romance writers to “defang” their beasts much too early in our stories.

Kind then cruel, hot then cold; that is the recipe of an abusive manipulator, not someone who is falling in love. At the time of this novel’s publication, romance novels, especially those distributed in mass-market format, were generally very chaste, with minimal physical intimacy between the protagonists. Thomas also left England and came to Charleston where he opened a dress shop.



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Heather, being a victim of the era, is spineless, subservient and too stupid to live so she meekly goes along with the plan. When he finds out the truth, he does a lot of posturing and villainous laughing, basically telling Heather that if she didn’t want to be raped, she should have tried to enjoy it more, before raping her a few more times. Things I don’t understand: The villain was a very ugly man, and his heart was ugly. She chatted gaily with shopkeepers, tried on thw bonnets, giggled at herself in mirrors, danced about and completely charmed those persons who could be charmed.

Bartlett, who manhandles her when he mistakes her for a bondwoman.

So of course the logical next step in this type of scenario is a forced marriage. I would have woodlwiss fine with it as a sensationalist thing, but everything was just so damn boring. I say surprisingly because on one page I would be like “Yes, girl!

Return to Book Page. How many other romances will be able to make that claim?