He resents being forced into marriage, yet he buys Heather beautiful clothes, covers her when she is cold, has a tub brought on board his ship because he knows she cherishes her baths, and orders a special pair of long johns made to help her endure the bitter winter weather at sea. I understand that in in the American South, women were considered property just as slaves were. He’s domineering and mean, although he does sometimes take Heather shopping, which makes her like him a little bit. I read The Flame and the Flower next and am frankly mystified as to why it holds such a special place in so many readers hearts. He loses any common sense – again, if he has any – and is so overcome by her beauty that he rapes her a few times.

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That is a fact, and I will not be reading it. Kathleen woodiwiss the flame and the flower mean Amber from Forever Amber was in love with one guy the whole time, sure, but she was also kind of having sex with whoever she wanted.

Granted, there’s something to be said for Brandon not forcing himself on Heather again once they’re married, even though it was considered to be his right as a husband, but he certainly spends a lot of time considering the possibility.

Open Preview See a Problem? Avon followed its release of The Flame and the Flower with the publication of Woodiwiss’s second novel, The Wolf and the Dove and two similarly themed romance novels by newcomer Rosemary Rogers.

Not just the rape, but his cavalier attitude about it. It is a true prototype, complete with ripping bodices, raping heroes, and lush, dramatic prose. So many of her innovations would go on to become the bedrock conventions upon which the historical romance genre would be grounded.


The Flame and the Flower

I understand that in in the American South, women were considered property just as slaves were. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. My principal misgiving What I learned from this book: As Patricia Reynolds Smith pointed out during our panel discussion, in recent years there has been a tendency for romance writers to “defang” their beasts much too early in our stories.

The novel revolutionized mainstream publishing, featuring an epic historical romance with a strong heroine and impassioned sex scenes.

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Apparently Kathleen Woodiwiss gets praised for writing strong heroines? Spoiled self brats continue to be spoiled selfish brats. The Marquis and I.

She reminds me of some of Julie Garwood’s loveable heroines, although she doesn’t show the sustained bizarre logic that they show which cracks me up.

When they finally put into port after their long journey at sea, Brandon sends his servants to find him a woman for the night. The purple prose is just plain silly.

I didn’t make it to chapter two. They seem to grow up a bit in the course of the book, becoming a bit more likeable in the process.

Heather is the ultimate woman, and doesn’t have to lift a finger to achieve it, because expending any more effort than it would take to stomp a foot far is too intimidating in a heroine. Flaje all 3 comments. Finally, hero and heroine start having sex and everything is great between them.


Mostly, I didn’t like him. I liked the humor in this story. Much like Brandon, I’m not sure why Heather fell in love with him, except that he gradually begins to treat her better.

The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Which leads us straight to Brandon. A part of me wanted Heather to speak up sooner and disabuse him of that notion, but I realized that the poor girl was probably in shock from the near rape she had just experienced at the hand’s of her aunt’s evil brother and thinking that she had accidentally killed him. While devoted slave Hatti hits the villain in the face with a mop, Heather stomps on his instep, then hurls a chunk of soap at his head, causing him to somersault off the porch.

I didn’t need a reminder. Is it too difficult to show him kindness and gratitude though I know he loathes the ground on which I walk and would prefer to be no man at all than have me chained to him. Though, kathleen woodiwiss the flame and the flower my youngish years, I still found their first encounter “disturbing” and Brandon’s subsequent trea I read this book years ago when I was a teenager.

Anyway, go visit http: All the men in town love Heather in spite of her ragged clothes and put-upon life.