Get the champagne out of the refrigerator! It's time to celebrate The New York Times bestselling author Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's latest epic, A Season Beyond a Kiss. This pioneer of the romantic fiction genre renews her grateful readers' acquaintance with old friends, the Birminghams of The Flame and the Flower and The Elusive Flame fame. This time it's Brandon's younger brother Jeffrey and his off-again, on-again marriage to beautiful English import Raelynn that captivates audiences. Circumstances--and a murderous villain--have conspired to separate newlyweds Jeff and Raelynn. Raelynn has been broadsided by the accusation that Jeff has impregnated a young serving girl and refused to acknowledge his child. Jeff, of course, vehemently denies the accusation, but Raelynn is unsure she can trust her handsome husband. Just when the young lovers manage to mend their quarrel, a pregnant Raelynn is horrified to discover Jeff standing over the body of the murdered serving girl with the murder weapon in his hand. Throw in a ruthless merchant with designs to possess Raelynn at any cost and a mysterious murderer with a secret worth killing for, and you've got a new classic from veteran author Woodiwiss. In spite of the sometimes convoluted dialogue, fans old and new will be able to overlook the impression that Woodiwiss believes she's being paid by the word and revel in a fresh tale with familiar friends.--Alison Trinkle
Her marriage to dashing American shipping magnate Jeff Birmingham signals the beginning of a wonderful new life,for Raelynn Barrett. In the loving shelter of her husband's embrace,the pain of loss is diminished,as is her anger over her family's tragic and undeserved disgrace. But try as she might,Raelynn cannot close her earsto the cruel accusations and wispered rumors about her new spouse that buzz around her head like bees. And she cannot deny what her own eyes see,though the images before her seem to brand her darling Jeff as the worst sort of criminal,forcing her to flee his disire and his love. Jeff knows he is innocent-though he is unaware of the conspiracy tht has shrouded his marriage in secrets and now imperils it with lies.
Very fast read. Excellent story line and interesting characters. One of the best of Woodiwiss.
Great love story with some mystery thrown in.It kept me wanting more.
Woodiwiss is great, as usual.
Sequel/3rd in order The Flame and The Flower, The Elusive Flame.
Love this author but as the years go by, the mystery of her writing lessens
An engaging tale from the mistress of coitus interruptus.
Good reading, great author. Would recommend this book.
At last life can begin again for Raelynn Barrett. In the loving embrace of her new husband, the dashing American shipping magnate Jeff Birmingham, she can forget her painful past and the tragic, undeserved disgrace of her family. Jeff has brought passion into her heart once again--and each sweet, lingering kiss is a promise of a future rich in joy and sensual fulfillment.
But Raelynn can hear the whispered rumors that damn the man she loves. And what her own eyes have witnessed seem to brand her adored and adoring Jeff as the worst sort of criminal. Yet even as she flees his desire and his love, Raelynn cannot escape the memory of his tender touch and the heated nights they shared. But in the face of the devasting treacheries of ruthless, hidden enemies, how can Jeff ever hope to win back the trust of the woman he cherishes...and secure his place eternally in his beloved Raelynn's betrayed heart??
At last life can begin again for raelynn Barrett. In the loving embrace of her new husband, the dashing American shipping magnate Jeff Birmingham, she can forget her painful past and the tragic undeserved disgrace of her family. Jeff has brought passion into her heart once again and each sweet lingering kiss is a promis of a future rich in joy and sensual fulfillment. But Raelynn can hear the whispered rumors that damn the man she loves. And what her own eyes have witnessed seem to brand him a criminal. How can Jeff ever hope to win back the trust of the woman he cherishes.
The glorious sequel to The Flame and the Flower and The Elusive Flame. This is Jeff Birmingham's story.
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I have to give this book five stars!!!, November 4, 2003
Reviewer: Kristal Gorman (Buffalo, New York United States) - See all my reviews
I looooved this book!! I cannot believe the awful reviews it got!!! I could not wait for it to come out after reading the first two Birmingham books and on the date it was released I ran out and bought it!!! I read it in one evening and to this day it sits on my favorites shelf with ALL of KW's books!! Thank you KW for another wonderful romance!
This is the last book after the The Flame and the Flower and The Elusive Flame.
Her marriage to dashing American shipping magnate Jeff Birmingham signals the beginning of a wonderful new life for Raelynn Barrett. In the loving shelter of her husband's embrace, the pain of loss is diminished, as is her anger over her family's tragic and undeserved disgrace.
another book I have not read but was told it is very enjoyable