The Flame and the Flower

The Flame and the Flower

by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
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The Flame and the Flower 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 276 reviews.
Heather Hagert More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago and was excited to finally be able to find it and read it again. Yes it is erotic; however, there is an extra element of surprise as it marries patient endurance and chastity with passionate love. I'm not really into romance that includes the betrayal of one lover for another one, which is another reason this novel stands out for me, since it is entirely absent of this. Even what may appear to be a betrayal is more of a severing of old and rather loose habits; this in trade for the stability of true devotion is benefitial to all. Apparently, Woodwiss created a whole new type of the historical romance genre with this, her first novel! It holds a quality that is often absent in other romance novels. I would highly recommend this tender morsel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book around the time it was published. Now, years later, I still think about this story. As I read it I felt as though I was there with the characters, watching everything unfold before my eyes. This story has remained so vivid to me unlike any other book I have ever read. Honestly, I have read plenty of books in my lifetime, but none have ever moved me like 'The Flame and the Flower'. If you haven't read this book yet please don't pass it by.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is seriously the first book I ever read and I love it! I am always rereading it! I will keep that book forever! It is just so good! I love Brandon and Heather! I also love Jeff in this book and in his own book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't call this the best romance novel I've ever read, but I still couldn't put it down at the end of the day. I didn't want to read this book at first because of some previous reviews about rape. I'm not into that and I find it very unromantic. I thought reading it would ruin all other woodiwiss novels for me. I say give it a try anyway. This 'rape' is not what you think. I thought I would be outraged, but the way the story unfolds I wasn't that upset. It brings some reality to the story. Real life is not always full of boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy and girl live happily ever after. This twist makes it real because life isn't always a fairytalle. Give this book a try and I'm sure you could forgive Brandon as Heather does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book on the first page. I can, and have read this book over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best romance novel ever. It is the novel that got me stuck on reading romances. It may not be for the faint of heart due to the beginning, but it really is a story that gives the message that love really does overcome all obstacles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was utterly flawless. When I finished it, it felt like I had been holding my breath it was that exciting and good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 3-4 times over the last 20 years. Woodiwiss is a great story teller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not well written, has unbelievable plot lines, has multiple characters who think womwn are simpletons, excuses rape, etc. In spite of all that it is oddly fascinating. According to wikipedia, this book, published 1972, changed the romance genre forever by introducing fairly steamy sex scenes, a full length format, and a complicated plot including murder, betrayal, travel over oceans, mistaken identities, blackmail, and virtually every other romance novel plot device you have come to know and love. The story starts off Cinderella fashion with the beautiful young girl being worked like a slave. Every time a woman is alone in this book...and I mean every time...someone tries to rape her, even in the middle of the day with other people near at hand. The first time she stabs the culprit. The next time it is the hero who is the culprit. After that our hero just rips the would be rapists off our heroine and pummels them. Well true love takes awhile because all plot devices have to be explored, plus there are all these would be rapists and murderers to dispatch. The author obviously has watched Gone with the Wind a million times. I swear a lot of the dialog is lifted directly from it...especially for Hatti and Heather. It is full of historical inaccuracies...but could be worse. My favorite character is the brother Jeff. He is the only one who seemed real. Overall I'm not going to read anymore in this series, but I might try more recent books by this author as this is her first and very rough. Of course I have a weakness for the preposterously dominant hero.....but hey..it's not real, thank God!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some reviews stated they didn't like the beginning of the story. If you stick with it and keep reading, it's well worth it! I love stories about bearded sea captains that meet a woman that "gets" to them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This IS the best book I have ever read, I could not put it down, read the whole book in 1 day. I liked it so much I have read this book 4 times over the past several years!!!! and i'm planning on reading it again!!! Kathleen Woodiwess is a wonderful wrighter. This is a book not to be missed, I also love Petals on the River and have read it twice!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am now reading this book for the second time and love it just as much as the first time! I couldn't put it down. I love the teasing sexiness of Brandon and Heather's relationship. Very sexy indeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the Virgin escapes being raped by one man, she is kidnapped and raped by another man shortly after. Then he tells her she isn't going to leave, this time it will be better and basically rapes her again. I didn't even bother to read how the author would make a victim of rape into a romance story after that point. Shame on the author for making light of rape. Deseves NO stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Woodiwiss is on of my favorite autthors! I have read this book dozens of times and still can't get enough! The elusive flame is the sequal about their son Beau amd it is a wonderful spinoff from the flame and the flower!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the reviews and the hoopla about the rapes I thought oh brother,another sleezy book.When the attempted rape at the beginning took place that actually turned my stomach.Maybe because of that it made the real rape less sickening.Plus the era might have made it seem more forgiving.I'm half way through now and there has been no sex and I'm wondering what I might have missed because l don't recall any deals or what-nots being made.I really find this odd for the extreme turn-about to being celabet.Oh well,I'm enjoying the read,the fantasy per-say.Make note that I used the word fantasy for those that can't get past "THE RAPE"Good Lord people,you are reading this in private and for your enjoyment,right?You aren't reading this to your children as a bedtime story and teaching life time lessons are you?So get over it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Despite the fact that I don't find reading about a young lady being repeatedly raped, the story was absurd. The characters were poorly written and ridiculous. This is my first read by this author and will be my last. I would't recommend this book even if it was free. Horrible...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of KW's novels and I still feel that this one is the best!
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nomisway56 More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Woodiwiss is my favorite author. Have read all her books and read most of them multiple times. Her vivid description of clothing and such gives a wonderful picture in your mind as to what things looked like. We lost a great author when she past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't care if this did start it new genre, the whole idea behind the plot is warped. Even in 1972, rape was still rape. Granted, it is horrifically true that rape at that time was considered almost justified if a woman was considered to be "asking for it" if she dressed provocatively. Maybe in that sense, a novel from 1972 read nowadays gives us a glimpse into the warped mindset of the 1970s that could justify rape in some circumstances as a reasonable response of a man in certain situations. This doesn't excuse the plot element of rape in this case, though, as the novel was supposed to take place in the 1790s. Mistaken identity? I might buy that, except the expensive gown Heather is wearing is clearly not within the budget of a dockside whore. Then there's the fact that even after the "hero" (and I don't find him heroic) discovers in the act that she is a virgin, he keeps going. Even after that, when he knows she's not a whore but was a virgin until he raped her, he goes at her again against her will (yet another rape) and then compounds his sins by locking this girl he now knows for sure was innocent in his cabin, so he can use her and rape her however he pleases and whenever. How is this romantic? As for Heather, the heroine, I wanted repeatedly to slap her. I've read historical letters from the time period, and not even Heather's history of abuse by her aunt explains her personality of a doormat for everyone to trod on. She finally gets a bit of back bone later in the novel, but not as much as she should. The only character I really liked was the hero's brothrr, Jeff. Too bad I understand his story is weakly done and is the third in the series, as I won't be reading the second. The second book apparently repeats the plot with rape as the start of a relationship. I liked another book by this author a lot, but hated this one. I shudder to think what a warped view of love any teen that gets ahold of this book would get. Only for mature readers. Be warned to avoid this unless you think rape is a great start to a romantic relationship.
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sammy63 More than 1 year ago
I began reading Romance novels with this book many years ago. I loved it then, and it remains my favorite to this day. I have since purchased it for by Nook and reread it a few times every year. It's a great love story with a happy ending.
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