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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This child-woman is totally defined by her beauty. The review must be at least 50 characters long. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Disneyland depiction of the slave plantation is a bit insulting for me as a reader.

I didn’t like the plot. The cover, designed by Avon Art Director Barbara Bertoli, set a standard for sensual historical romance covers. That is irredeemable for me. I had Woodiwiss confused in my head with Valerie Sherwood till um, just now.

I did read a couple of Rosemary Rogers books though. Heather was surprisingly autonomous, all things considered and keeping in mind the society in which the novel was published. In the snippet of poetry that prefaces the book, it is not the flame that consumes the flower, but the flower that triumphs by re-emerging after being scorched by the flame. Therefore, she most likely wasn’t thinking too clearly. Even when he realises that she was actually a virgin, he doesn’t believe her to be anything else but a whore in the making, so it’s still deserved.

I loved how strong Heather was. After Heather escapes the rape attempt, she wanders the docks and is delivered to Brandon Birmingham, the hero, who does rape her. She does not want to be his mistress, she does not want his fancy clothes, she does not want to sleep with him, and despite his beliefs about her part in the blackmail, she does not want to marry him.


He decides she’ll be his mistress and will come to love it once he showers her with material things and gives her servants, etc.

The Earl of Pembroke. The question I sought to answer was whether The Flame and the Flower could still resonate with the modern reader. Some of the internal dialogue was like poetry. The Flame and the Flower By: I wonder now, seeing how both of our lives have turned out, if it all started there with the books we chose to read.

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. One of Brandon’s sailors named Dickie also informs Louisa that Brandon had discovered Heather on the streets.

He is funny and insightful.

Sometimes Woodiwiss can, IMHO be wordy, so I thought this would eliminate that and possibly skim over some of the parts in the beginning before they got kathlene. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The Flame and the Flower — All About Romance

In she released The Flame and the Flower, an instant New York Times bestseller that created a literary precedent. It’s a book that will keep you in it until the very last page. Before I was born. The Marquis and I. 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.

I didn’t hate it, but neither did I love it like so many other romance fans do. That is a fact, and I will not be reading it.

Fuck you, The Flame and the Flower

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.

After they were married, I loved that she fought back against Brandon’s callousness and him ordering her around and called him for what he was, a rapist. I mean I have only read two of her novels and I can honestly say that she was nowhere near as good as other talented authors such as Judith Mcnaught and Laurie Mcbain.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. More than one woman was insulted for being large or fat, unlike our dear, perfectly proportions little Heather.

In this series Book 2. Jul 14, Christine rated it did not like it Shelves: These books would be appropriate for teen and sensitive readers. I really don’t get why people considered Kathleen E Woodiwiss to falme the queen of historical romance?! 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 flamr like them too….

Since he chooses to “punish” her by not raping her, it allows time for her to fall in love with him. Anyway, go visit http: InKathleen E. In many romances, heroines generally did not have strong personalities, glower were more submissive to the heroes. Woodiwisw is a complete hypocrite, who whines about being forced to marry Heather when she becomes pregnant with his child, but never once considers her feelings in the matter, nor the fact that he got himself into this mess by forcing her to have sex with him.

Anyway, you probably know all that anyway! Not recommended for under 18 or sensitive readers. I forced my way through this novel from start to end. Her kathleeen pulled his s 4. You tempt and taunt then deny me husband’s rights.