The Flame and the Flower Author:Kathleen E. Woodiwiss Set in 18th century England and the American colonies, this is the story of Heather Simmons, an innocent English beauty, and her tempestuous romance with wealthy Yankee captain, Brandon Birmingham. — Heather, the orphaned beauty of a wealthy London family, is now no more than a housemaid to her cruel guardian, Aunt Fanny. When her aunt's brot... more »her, William Court, offers to escort her to London to teach at a finishing school, she welcomes the opportunity to escape her life of poverty. But, upon their arrival, her lusty custodian attacks her and, in a violent struggle, Heather accidentally kills him and flees in horror into the night and unknowingly down to the squalid London dockside.
There she is captured by two sailors, who drag her to their captain'’s ship for his pleasure, thinking she is under arrest for her crime, she is too stunned to ward off the tall, muscular captain. Overcome by her innocent beauty, Captain Brandon Birmingham realizes, too late, that she is not what she seems. Her honor will be restored, but at a painful price. Her magistrate uncle, learning she is with child, coerces Brandon into marrying her, and the proud captain agrees, with one condition: Heather will enjoy all the formalities of marriage, but none of its pleasures.
Even though he yearns to touch her, Brandon keeps his promise during their long voyage to his Carolina plantation, and after their arrival. He hasn't touched another woman since that fateful night, and when their son is born, a special bond develops among all three. Louisa Wells, Brandon'’s spurned fiancee, burns with jealousy for his young bride and threatens to destroy any hope for their happiness. When she discovers the dreadful crime Heather has been hiding from Brandon ever since the night they met, Brandon’s and Heather’'s unspoken love for each other will be tested to the limit.« less