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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If such a talented writer would write a story that didn’t repel me with its message, I know I would love it. This one would have made me absolutely furious. In a country where sensitive men like ERA-advocate Alan Alda were gaining fame, there was no doubt a swathe of the female population who thought a domineering, hairy-chested macho woodiwisz like Brandon was super appealing.

I would have hid it under my mattress.

I kathlern that in in the American South, women were considered property just as slaves were. The Flame A lusty adventurer married to the sea, Captain Brandon Birmingham courts scorn and peril when he abducts the beautiful fugitive from the tumultuous London dockside.

By the end of the book, you actually believe that these two could build a happy life together—built not only on physical attraction, but on mutual respect and love. Loved the idea of a book called Beyond Heaving Bosoms which I must find now; my life may be incomplete without it! Not your most flattering side.

And I found the black characters to be painful stereotypes. The hero in these types of books is usually very similar to the villain, distinguishable only by a very rhe and wavering Instagram Twitter Facebook Amazon Pinterest Woodiwiss is often credited with creating the first bodice ripper or the first ” modern historical romance novel.


But for, like, five hundred pages. Several times she attempted to write a novel, but each time stopped in frustration at the slow pace of writing a novel longhand. Yes, it was set in the past, but there was no history involved. So while he was torturing himself she felt nothing.

He is also a chauvinist who seems to think women are the ones responsible for inflaming men’s passions, rather than being accountable for his own actions. A tree limb collapsed on him, killing him instantly.

I’m afraid I didn’t like either of the characters in this book. Granted it was the first of its kind and it spawned a new genre, but I kind of wish it hadn’t.

Overall, it was worth the read. Once that tiny little misunderstanding has been cleared she was not a whore in the makinghe marries her because Heather is pregnant.

He is funny and insightful.

Fuck you, The Flame and the Flower

He never hits her. I’m sleepy and have had wine so please take my ranting in stride, scroll past it, or better yet read Melissa’s cutting, and frankly amazing, review here.

Little did she know that the man really planned to take advantage of her virginal charms and then sell her to a brothel.

Heather, we are all sad about that. In the first sixty of which, be it said, Heather gets raped like four times and her mean aunt inexplicably rips her clothes off in front of a bunch of people to reveal her nakedness.

The reader gradually sees her becoming more possessive and jealous toward Brandon, until she simply loves him and wants to be a wife to him in every way.

View all 30 comments. Over the next few months, as they prepare for and undertake znd voyage to Brandon’s home in Charleston, South Carolinatheir feelings for each other begin to soften.

The Flame and the Flower – Book Review – The Hope Chest Reviews

There is absolutely nothing you can do to make him seem like a good guy. He constantly blows hot and cold, or perhaps I should say warm and cold, since he rarely rises much beyond an icy demeanor during the first half of the book.


No voy a contar la historia Women were more accepting of, and possibly actively looking for, increased sensuality in novels. It was also the first full-length romance novel to be published first in paperback rather than hardback. And last, but not least, I hate to read series books out kathledn order, and since I was interested in the glame books in the Birmingham Family series, I wanted to start from the beginning.

Honestly, this book is pretty formulaic, and with the exception of a few odd details see the above it follows the usual bodice ripper plot to a T. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! It is more troubling that a romance novel which changed the genre is so boring. Not just the rape, but his cavalier attitude about it.

They showed their love physically in many scenes, and most of them are non-sexual. The prose was denser and much more detailed than what we’ve become accustomed to in recent years, but after only a few pages, I found myself thoroughly captivated.

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. Brandon Birmingham is an American businessman and the captain of the ship Fleetwood.

A few examples of Heather’s revolting perfection