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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,590 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathleen E. Woodiwiss Narrator: Xanthe Elbrick Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780061555794
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Once Abrielle was a proud, exceptional lady coveted for her bearing, her breeding, her wit, and her beauty. But when her stepfather is denied his rightful title and the wealth that accompanies it, Abrielle finds herself suddenly disgraced. Only one would still have her, the oafish and grotesque Desmond de Marlé. Yet no one else can rescue her once-proud family's honor, so she is left with no choice but to accept the cruel and hateful de Marlé's offer of marriage . . . even as she yearns for another lover.

Dashing, handsome, tall, and kind, Raven Seabern is quite unlike any man Abrielle has ever encountered. From the very first moment their eyes meet, he intrigues and mesmerizes her—and dancing in his arms at a royal banquet leaves her weak with the desire to surrender. But their love can never be, for Abrielle is betrothed to a monster. And the well-being of everyone she cares for demands that she honor her promise.

Still, the fire lit that night will not be doused. Raven knows he has found the true one and must never let her go—though secrets, deceptions, dishonor, and unimaginable peril will surely be their fate if they follow the dictates of their hearts.

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  • “Elbrick's bright British voice is well suited to the eleventh-century setting, and her treatment of the sometimes heavy-handed prose is tender enough to make the excessive summary of action seem just as engaging as the dialogue.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Audie Award Finalist

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Acenali28 | 2/18/2014

    " this book is not very good, but she wrote it in her last days so maybe thats why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pepagrace | 2/6/2014

    " I was extremely surprised I enjoyed this book. Maybe I liked it because of Raven and Cordelia (I didn't really like Abrielle's character at all), my two favorite characters, or maybe I just liked the whole historical fiction aspect. I did not like the fact that Woodiwiss made Abrielle's mother become pregnant; that was random in my opinion. I also thought the ending was a little gushy and I thought Mordea's entire character was also random. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Saral | 2/4/2014

    " Her writing style was so bad it was hard to finish half this book even though the main story lines were not bad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andreacw | 1/30/2014

    " After Rose In Winter, I was extremely disappointed with the quality of writing in this book. Details, descriptions and vocabulary were inconsistent, mediocre and repetitive. Were it not for the brevity of the novel, I would not have bothered to finish reading it at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Honeycutt | 1/26/2014

    " A historian romance novel about Abrielle and Raven. Abrielle's family has fallen on hard times financially and they believed that the King was going to honor her step-father and deceased father during a ceremony wherein Abrielle's step-father would receive money and property, but this didn't happen. It was at that ceremony that Raven Seabern fell in love with Abrielle. Later, Desmond de Marle proposes to Abrielle. Abrielle finds him vile and untrustworthy, but feels she must marry him to save her family from poverty as Desmond inherited all of his deceased brother's property who just happened to have been previously betrothed to Abrielle prior to his suspicious death. During the wedding celebration, Gabrielle is taken aback by Raven's presence. Fortunately, he was also present when Abrielle is running from the drunken Desmond on their wedding night when he intends her harm. Raven seems to always be there, watching her, protecting her. When she finally is forced to marry Raven by her step-father, she isn't happy because she doesn't trust Raven and believes that he is only after her dowry. Little does Abrielle know that, when Raven discussed the marriage with Abrielle's step-father, Raven told him not to transfer Abrielle's possessions into his name. Abrielle's step-father is truly honored by Raven but Raven asks him not to tell Abrielle because he wants Abrielle to come to trust him on her own with no influence. A true love story with the traditional happy ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arec | 1/18/2014

    " I love me some Kathleen Woodiwiss. But after reading her other works and then Everlasting, I wonder how much of this novel is actually hers. It seems to lack her usual humor, wit, and general style. I was sadly disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mistelle | 1/16/2014

    " I've always loved Kathleen Woodiwiss and her lovestories but this one was boring and I could barely force myself to finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginny | 1/11/2014

    " Whenever I am in the mood for a good historical romance, I pick up Shanna or Rose in Winter by Woodiwiss. However her later books disappoint. I decided to read this one hoping for some earlier glory, but alas, I was disappointed. This will be the last Woodiwiss for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tarah | 1/6/2014

    " Loved it! One of the best books I've read in awhile. Definately a Must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikael | 12/15/2013

    " alright, it was kind of lame. The fact that she kept getting kidnapped or whatever and Raven was always there to save the day was stupid. I dont' know what to think, it was sort of cheesy. I liked some parts, but all in all, it was just okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BamaGal | 12/14/2013

    " I really had to force myself to finish this one. KW tried really hard to recapture the magic of her early books; but this one just didn't... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/12/2013

    " I am very sorry that this author passed away. She was a real queen in romance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miranda | 12/12/2013

    " the historical aspect was unrealistic for the time period it was suposed to be written in. everything was too pat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Lap | 12/8/2013

    " Historical romance is one of my favorite genres and I have loved each Kathleen Woodwiss book I've read. This one was no different. Even if they are somewhat predictable and always tie up loose ends really quicky - I still fall right into them and read them in a day. Guilty pleasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/5/2013

    " Quick read, traditional Woodiwiss. Kinda twisty, but the guy gets the girl :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Barber | 10/12/2013

    " I love this author and this book didn't disappoint. Typically well written Kathleen E Woodiwiss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/17/2013

    " ok. better than reluctant suitor. listened to abridged audio 5cds - maybe the draggy parts were cut out? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 12/5/2012

    " easy read, but fun and cute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 12/2/2012

    " As always with Woodiwiss, there is a sense of history through plot twists, deception and action. It is just not as memorable as most of her other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherri | 9/11/2012

    " This was cowrote or wrote for Woodiwiss since she died shortly after from cancer. It is not indicative of her earlier writings and the pioneer of this genere that she is linked to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee Jernigan | 4/17/2012

    " This was a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy O'neal | 3/29/2012

    " I liked it a lot, but her reluctance and unwillingness to trust Raven drove me crazy after awhile!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 1/9/2012

    " It starts off very slow and hard to get into "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 12/27/2011

    " Kathleen E. Woodiwiss wrote 13 historical romance novels. EVERLASTING is her final book before succumbing to cancer. A NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author with more than 36 million copies in print. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandy | 8/15/2011

    " Scottish Rogue Swashbuckling hero meets maiden who needs a husband/protector.She mistrusts him and is a little gun shy of men so he sets out to win her heart in a noble way. Not a harlequinn but not far off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 7/2/2011

    " Average historical romance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris Lange | 5/11/2011

    " Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is a wonderful romance author. "Everlasting"? Surely a momentary lapse. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 4/6/2011

    " It starts off very slow and hard to get into "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/15/2011

    " I liked it a lot, but her reluctance and unwillingness to trust Raven drove me crazy after awhile!!!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 10/11/2010

    " Super cute book; Slightly slow and predictable, but good nonetheless "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MRS | 9/22/2010

    " Eh...I just never really got into it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 8/23/2010

    " Love her other novels..could not get into this no matter how hard I tried, finally turned it back in "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy | 8/19/2010

    " Very disappointing! I love Woodiwiss...but not her best effort. Felt forced, repetitive and tedious. Of course I finished it, but it was a chore. Have to go back and reread some earlier work, to remember why I liked her writing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 8/16/2010

    " This is another romance/adventure set in England with a Scottish hero. This one is set in the 12th century, but seems similar to the Outlander book. I am enjoying it.

    This book was dragging, and I gave up on it. Same-old-same-old, over-and-over.... I needed to move on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arec | 7/27/2010

    " I love me so Kathleen Woodiwiss. But after reading her other works and then Everlasting, I wonder how much of this novel is actually hers. It seems to lack her usual humor, wit, and general style. I was sadly disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikael | 7/25/2010

    " alright, it was kind of lame. The fact that she kept getting kidnapped or whatever and Raven was always there to save the day was stupid. I dont' know what to think, it was sort of cheesy. I liked some parts, but all in all, it was just okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 6/24/2010

    " This book was hard for me to get into because I was so sad to learn it would be the last from Ms Woodiwiss. But, once I got into I was pleased. This book is amazing for anyone who loves Kathleen E Woodiwiss' novels or that loves a good historical romance. "

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About the Author
Author Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

(1939 - 2007) Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, creator of the modern historical romance, died July 6, 2007 in Minnesota. She had just turned 68. Her attorney, William Messerlie, said that she died after a long illness.

Born on June 3, 1939 in Alexandria, Louisiana, Mrs. Woodiwiss was the youngest of eight siblings. She long relished creating original narratives, and by age six was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep. At age 16, she met U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Woodiwiss at a dance, and they married the following year. She wrote her first book in longhand while living at a military outpost in Japan.

Woodiwiss is credited with the invention of the modern historical romance novel: in 1972, she released The Flame and the Flower, an instant New York Times bestseller, creating literary precedent. The Flame and the Flower revolutionized mainstream publishing, featuring an epic historical romance with a strong heroine and impassioned sex scenes. "Kathleeen E. Woodiwiss is the founding mother of the historical romance genre," says Carrie Feron, vice president/editorial director of William Morrow and Avon Books, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers. Feron, who has been Woodiwiss's editor for 13 years, continues, "Avon Books is proud to have been Kathleen's sole publishing partner for her paperbacks and hardcover novels for more than three decades." Avon Books, a leader in the historical romance genre to this day, remains Mrs. Woodiwiss's original and only paperback publisher; William Morrow, Avon's sister company, publishes Mrs. Woodiwiss's hardcovers.

The Flame and the Flower was rejected by agents and hardcover publishers, who deemed it as "too long" at 600 pages. Rather than follow the advice of the rejection letters and rewrite the novel, Mrs. Woodiwiss instead submitted it to paperback publishers. The first publisher on her list, Avon, quickly purchased the novel and arranged an initial 500,000 print run. The novel sold over 2.3 million copies in its first four years of publication.

The success of this novel prompted a new style of writing romance, concentrating primarily on historical fiction tracking the monogamous relationship between a helpless heroines and the hero who rescued her, even if he had been the one to place her in danger. The romance novels which followed in her example featured longer plots, more controversial situations and characters, and more intimate and steamy sex scenes.

"Her words engendered an incredible passion among readers," notes Feron. Bestselling author Julia Quinn agrees, saying, "Woodiwiss made women want to read. She gave them an alternative to Westerns and hard-boiled police procedurals. When I was growing up, I saw my mother and grandmother reading and enjoying romances, and when I was old enough to read them myself, I felt as if I had been admitted into a special sisterhood of reading women."

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a leading voice in the women's fiction arena, says, "We all owe our careers to her. She opened the world of romance to us as readers. She created a career for us to go into."

The pioneering author has written 13 novels over the course of 35 years, all New York Times bestsellers. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's final literary work, the upcoming Everlasing, will be published by William Morrow in October 2007. "Everlasting is Kathleen's final gift to her fans," notes Feron.

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, who was predeceased by her husband and son Dorren, is survived by sons Sean and Heath, and numerous grandchildren.