Books by Kathleen Woodiwiss

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Everlasting

I have such fond memories of reading The Flame and the Flower, The Wolf and the Dove, and Ashes in the Wind that years after reading them, I can still recall several scenes vividly. That is why I really wanted to like Everlasting by Kathleen Woodiwiss before I even read it. I wanted to give it an A+ ...

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The Wolf and the Dove

The Wolf and the Dove challenges the very boundaries of love and war and proves there lays but a fine line between conquered and conqueror. Norman knight and victor, Wulfgar easily ousts cruel Ragnor and takes authority over Darkenwald and the beauty who possesses a provocative courage. Courage, ...

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A Season Beyond a Kiss

Move over, Cassie Edwards. You've got competition. I know that Kathleen Woodiwiss is famous for a distinctive way of writing, so I'd better come clean now. It's a style that I find nearly unreadable. This is my first Woodiwiss book. The unparalleled purple prose had me squirming li ...

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Forever in Your Embrace

If you have ever found yourself wondering just what purple prose looks like in a novel, look no further. This books has all that more. You will find yourself in the midst of flashing orbs, rampaging lusts, and tenebrous - yes, tenebrous - gloom. The moon does not merely rise in the sky, it appears l ...

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Come Love a Stranger

Back in the 19th century, Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth wrote books of gothic-mystery-suspense-romance that were enormously popular. Titles like The Hidden Hand and The Curse of Clifton sold in the hundreds of thousands. Starting in the 1970's, Kathleen Woodiwiss wrote books of gothic-mystery-suspense-ro ...

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The Elusive Flame

The Elusive Flame is the long-awaited sequel to The Flame & the Flower, written 26 years ago. It has its moments, but as the title suggests, they are elusive. In order to find them, you have to slog through Woodiwiss's heavy-handed, verbose, purple prose. It can be slow going. This ...

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The Flame and the Flower

Avon refers to Kathleen E. Woodiwiss as "The Goddess of Romance" for good reason. Her groundbreaking historical romance, The Flame & the Flower, is a cherished keeper - one that resides prominently on many all-time favorite romance lists, including mine - despite the fact our beloved genre has c ...

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The Flame and the Flower

It was with some trepidation that I began The Flame and the Flower. On one hand, I had heard many readers say that their love of the romance genre started when they read this book. On the other hand, I had heard people talk with scorn about "those romances of the seventies." Since I was two when it ...

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Petals on the River

Petals on the River harkens back to an earlier time in romance. It's long, involved, bloody, and purple. Author Woodiwiss has an eye for detail and a flare for capturing human emotion, but she writes like she did 20 years ago. Unfortunately, most of us have since moved on. This would have been a muc ...