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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Entertaining historical romance

In 1803 Charleston, Jeff and Raelynn Birmingham seem happily married in spite of machinations from her Uncle Cooper and an odious wannabe lover Gustav Fridrich. However, she begins to doubt her husband¿s faithfulness when a teenager Nell claims he impregnated her. He ...
In 1803 Charleston, Jeff and Raelynn Birmingham seem happily married in spite of machinations from her Uncle Cooper and an odious wannabe lover Gustav Fridrich. However, she begins to doubt her husband¿s faithfulness when a teenager Nell claims he impregnated her. He vehemently denies her charges. After Nell gives birth, she again accuses Jeff of being the father. Soon after that, Raelynn finds Jeff holding a bloody knife while Nell lies nearby dead.

Raelynn believes Jeff killed Nell even though he denies it. She runs away, but he follows and rescues her from becoming lost in the swamp. They separate, but over time she misses her beloved spouse and begins to conclude that he could never kill in cold blood. However, someone did in the hope of setting up Jeff to take the fall and either the same assailant or another wants Raelynn dead too.

A SEASON BEYOND A KISS, the long awaited sequel to the classic THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER, is an interesting historical romantic intrigue that fans of Kathleen E. Woodiwiss will enjoy. The story line is filled with tension and plenty of action. The tale starts off a bit slow, but once the plot picks up speed it never slows down until the climax. Raelynn¿s behavior seems offbeat and inappropriate especially her attitude towards the heroic Jeff. Readers will love the lead male character and hiss at the various villains. Though no flaming flower, A SEASON BEYOND A KISS is an enjoyable novel that can stand-alone.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Terrible

I have loved most of the Woodiwiss books, but this one is at the very bottom of the list. It is a continuation of another story I haven't read, so I was left feeling like I was missing something. Then the characters have a love scene in the first chapter, which makes ...
I have loved most of the Woodiwiss books, but this one is at the very bottom of the list. It is a continuation of another story I haven't read, so I was left feeling like I was missing something. Then the characters have a love scene in the first chapter, which makes the book feel like porn. Woodiwiss usually builds up the story, characters, and suspense/tension, making for an enjoyable read. She failed on this one.

posted by moverton on June 17, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Least favorite

    It seemed to me the authoress had a bigger story in mind for Jeffrey Burmingham but for unknown reason decided to rush through it. Too bad because I was fond of Brandon's brother in the first book. I would profure the story to start when they first meet rather than after marriage. I wish the story had more insight into Jeff,s thouhts and most of the love making parts were closer to porn than the celebrations of union KW usually masters. I did like the male friends & comraderie they sharred + thier back stories, that was nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2000

    A Season beyond a Kiss

    This was so disappointing. I could not get through the first 200 pages. There was no spark, no chemistry, nothing to hold my interest. I have read everything she has written and this is the first that I had a hard time completing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2000

    Still Searching

    I'm still searching for the beginning of this story! I read The Flame and the Flower so long ago that I honestly don't remember if Raelynn's story was told at the end of it or not. If not, there is way too much missing from this book. Woodiwiss sprinkles parts of Raelynn's history throughout the book, but at no point did I feel like I had caught up. She also spends way too much time describing bedroom scenes in the first part of the book. I kept wondering when the story was going to begin. What a disappointment from an author who can write wonderful books! Ashes in the Wind was the best she ever wrote. I'm now going to go back and re-read Flower and the Flame in order to see if there was something in there that I should have been able to remember while reading Season Beyond a Kiss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    I felt like I missed something

    I had a hard time getting 'into' this novel. I felt like there was so much that happened prior to the beginning of Jeffrey and Raelynn's story. I kept waiting for Woodiwiss to go back and devote one chapter at least to relate Raelynn's tragic history. Instead it was sprinkled piecemeal throughout and made it hard to relate to her present quandaries. The relationship between the two lovers was too corny. Her uncle's character and the German character were not believable I would have preferred a more sinister uncle not a drunken sot and a German who was dashing, cruel and cold not a thick bald pig who Raelynn wouldn't look at twice. It just does not measure up to Ms. Woodiwiss's greatness. I was really disappointed.

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