The Flame and the Flower (Birmingham, Bk 1)
The Flame and the Flower - Birmingham, Bk 1 Author:Kathleen E. Woodiwiss THE FLOWER — Doomed to a life of unending toil, Heather Simmons fears for her innocence -- until a shocking, desperate act forces her to flee... and to seek refuge in the arms of a virile and dangerous stranger. — THE FLAME — A lusty adventurer married to the sea, Captain Brandon Birmingham courts scorn and peril when he abducts the beautiful fugit... more »ive from the tumultuous London dockside. But no power on Earth can compel him to relinquish his exquisite prize. For he is determined to make the sapphire-eyed lovely his woman... and to carry her off to far, uncharted realms of sensuous, passionate love.« less
I liked it OK... the story would've been great if it hadn't been for the way the protagonists got together in the very first. I was just never able to truly forgive the 'hero' for, in my opinion, rape. Not the she-doesn't-want-to-be-a-'bad'-girl-but-is-overcome-by-passion type of almost, but not quite, rape common to romance novels, but out-and-out rape. I just couldn't get past it; no amount of nice-guy-ness afterward could make up for it, and it ruined the story for me. I would've really liked it otherwise, so if you have a more forgiving nature than I evidently do, you might like it.
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Helpful Score: 3
I first read this book as a teenager back in the 80's, and have read all of Woodisiss' novels. This was one of my favorites - but having just re-read it through the eyes of a 39 year old in 2009, it left me a little disturbed. The beginning is pretty harsh considering the misunderstanding that brings Heather and Brandon together, and you'll want to put the hero, Brandon through a wall during most of the book. He is arrogant, rude, and can't seem to acknowledge any wrongdoing or fault. A true jerk. I do believe it is historically accurate - though. These aren't modern characters and Woodiwiss does a good job of creating a story that is plausible for the characters given their place in history and societal norms of the time. I'm going to re-read the other two books in the Birmingham series and see if Brandon every truly redeems himself.
I tried to read this book, but just could not get past the fact that the heroine was raped by the hero. I kept reading, hoping that he would apologize, but he didn't. Obviously at some point he becomes a good guy, but I couldn't make myself read long enough to get to that point.
Didn't read past the first 40 pages. I could never like a protagonist who rapes the heroine, not once but twice. I was hoping after she explained her circumstances, he would straighten up, but it just didn't happen. Truly horrid. Will never read a book by her, ever.
I read this book back in the 70's when it first came out. It was really a fantastic book from what I remember. Im so glad that I've rediscovered it. And I also found The Wolf and the Dove. I believe a sequel to this book. So I just ordered The Flame and the Flower and I know I will enjoy it again as much as I enjoyed it back in the 70's.