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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 »
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ISBN-13: 9780380005253
ISBN-10: 0380005255
Publication Date: 4/1/1972
Pages: 512
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 268 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed The Flame and the Flower (Birmingham, Bk 1) on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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.
aggiegal114 avatar reviewed The Flame and the Flower (Birmingham, Bk 1) on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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.
lsmcnellis avatar reviewed The Flame and the Flower (Birmingham, Bk 1) on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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.
reviewed The Flame and the Flower (Birmingham, Bk 1) on + 540 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Strong Cinderella character fights her way out of misery.
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reviewed The Flame and the Flower (Birmingham, Bk 1) on + 15 more book reviews
I'd say 1 of the best romance novels there is if you haven't read it you should
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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.
pamelap avatar reviewed The Flame and the Flower (Birmingham, Bk 1) on + 25 more book reviews
One of my most fave books of all time.


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