Kathleen Woodiwiss is my favorite historical romance author. And once again, she proves why. This book was so beautifully written, with the hateable protagonists and the wonderful love story that she's known for.
I really enjoyed this book. As usual she came up with a great romance read. Wonderfully strong characters and a couple of thoroughly despicable villians. I only wish the story could have been longer.
A lovely typical romace story of the time...beautiful girl to be married to horrible man to restore family honor/finaces...a strong and passionate hero...all the reasons we love a romance.
I actually listened to this on audiobook...enjoyable story.
Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours
Read by Xanthe Elbrick
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss defined the formula for a historical romance, unfortunately that now seems, well, formulaic. The misunderstanding is contrived and the heroine borders on TSTL.
As an audio, Xanthe Elbrick has very precise diction, with a crisp English accent. Combined with the rather formal language, it's a bit lecture-ish. But it is very clear and easy to follow.
This was indeed a very good book. I am sorry to hear about kathleene woodwiss death and I am very sad this will be the last book I can read from this wonderful writer.
I couldn't wait to get this book, but when I did I was disappointed. It was not what I expected of a Woodiwiss book. Never could get into it. Didn't even finish it. The words were too flowery, the whole thing was just....too much!
I love her first few books but she seems to lose steam in the later ones. The Flame and the flower is my all time favorite. Everlasting was good, but just didn't have the "can't put it down" appeal of the earlier ones. Good light read.
Interesting book with a story progression different from typical romance.