The cover was what made me read the book. I'm a little sad that the cover isn't on my Kindle version, but I'm at least happy that Ms. Woodiwiss's books are on Kindle. I wish that Judith McNaught's publishers would put her books on Kindle. View all 9 comments. Jun 07, Christy rated it did not like it Recommends it for: The writing is laughably bad. I love lush, descriptive prose Sherry Thomas, Loretta Chase. I even love unnecessarily detailed descriptions Diana Gabaldon. But I just could not stomach the overwrought, purple prose of this book. Here is an example. I defy anyone to read this without gagging: Nay, rather took them to her breast and breathed new life into them, and they have been so blissfully refreshed, my heart is nigh to bursting Mind you, he's speaking to himself in an empty room.
And then there is the heroine. I have rarely hated a character as much as I hated Erienne, with her head tossing and foot stamping and general uselessness. At one point she decides to steal a horse and run away from home, so naturally she rides it down the main street where her father can see her fleeing. Why would I want to waste my time on a heroine so stupid? Her abject terror of Lord Saxton because he was scarred was insulting. I was ready for him to throw her back to her other sniveling suitors, and good riddance. As the original book was published fairly soon after The Empire Strikes Back came out, I doubt it was coincidental.
I actually increased my rating from 1 star to 1. I had the plot figured out by around page 70, but predictability isn't necessarily a fatal flaw in a romance. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite tropes, but in most versions, Beauty has something more going for her than her appearance.
In this book, she really doesn't, at least for the first half of the book. She does eventually show some degree of loyalty to Lord Saxton, which was her only redeeming virtue and probably the reason I didn't just give up on the book altogether. Well, that and the fact I was reading this for a book club. If I'd been reading it on my own, I would have given up in the first chapter. It's really that bad. Not my fav by this author so I've only read it twice, LOL! View all 17 comments. Por algo Kathleen E. Es decir, aprobado raspado. Pero desde que entra en escena Lord Saxton es un no parar.
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Mar 16, Sheila Majczan rated it it was amazing. I read this shortly after it came out. It is another Beauty and the Beast type story BUT in this one the heroine has been sold to marry "the Beast" by her wastrel father. I loved all the stories by this author and remember reading this one over and over again.
View all 8 comments. Apr 04, Elise Wilson rated it liked it. This is my first book by Kathleen Woodiwiss, purchased because of the numerous positive reviews. I was not as enthusiastic about the book as most readers -- those who ranked it stars. Woodiwiss certainly demonstrates that she is a good writer and the book has an interesting plot. The beauty and the beast theme generally works well, and the author has put her on spin on it, which is creative. It has its share of mystery, romance and humor. And while she provides vivid descriptions and details, This is my first book by Kathleen Woodiwiss, purchased because of the numerous positive reviews.
And while she provides vivid descriptions and details, they often detract from the reading. I found it too descriptive and too detailed.
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The story simply did not progress at a good reading pace. And we know that Erienne is beautiful, but to exaggerate her beauty resulting in just about every man who looks at her "desires" her to the point of rape , is unrealistic. Also, Erienne, our heroine, seems a bit selfish. She willing accepts gifts from the beast, but at the same time fears him and rejects his advances. I wish the romance between Christopher and Erienne had been a bit more developed, because I was not sure at what point they fell in love.
What was depicted in the book seemed a shallow relationship based upon his being handsome and rich and her being beautiful -- a sort of love at first sight that never progressed into a meaningful relationship. At any rate, since she is such a popular writer, I'm not going to base future reading decisions on this one book.
In fact, I have already purchased "Ashes in the Wind", another book that received great reviews. Woodiwiss not doubt has the gift of writing, I just need to find the right story. Jul 22, KatieV rated it it was amazing Shelves: I saw one one star review that says the book starts with a rape. I think they are thinking about Flame and the Flower.
The H does not rape the h in this book. So there is no actual infidelity that takes place which I hate. Anyway, the plot is inplausible, but I enjoyed all the sexual tension. Beauty and the Beast theme 13 Sep 28, She long relished creating original narratives, and by age 6 was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep. At age 16, she met U. She wrote her first book in longhand while living at a military outpost in Japan.
She is credited with the invention of the modern historical romance novel: In she released The Flame and the Flower, an instant New York Times bestseller that created a literary precedent. The novel revolutionized mainstream publishing, featuring an epic historical romance with a strong heroine and impassioned sex scenes. The Flame and the Flower was rejected by agents and hardcover publishers, who deemed it as "too long" at pages. Rather than follow the advice of the rejection letters and rewrite the novel, she instead submitted it to paperback publishers.
The first publisher on her list, Avon, quickly purchased the novel and arranged an initial , print run.
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It's a lovely romance with love winning out. The growth and trust of the characters was wonderful! There was an aspect of suspense that was wonderfully done, moving the story right along.
The romance was beautiful and I really loved both Damon and Solange so much. There was such depth to both of them, it was incredible. My only drawback would be that I felt a slight lack of completion. There were several issues that, while mentioned, never really seemed to be addressed. With that, there were also som 4. With that, there were also some parts of the suspense that were almost too suspenseful, to the point of dissatisfaction due to their vagueness.
There were only a couple scenes our issues that had this problem but enough to detract from the story a little. That said, this was a great read and I would still recommend it. Just don't get caught up on those couple of things too much. Feb 10, Jessica rated it it was amazing. This book was incredible. Supposedly it's the second book that Shana Abe published, but it certainly does not seem like it as a reader!
Her writing is elegant and flowing, her story is refreshing, and it brings such a valuable and wonderful story into the romance novel world. I was so happy with this book, and I can guarantee many re-reads on my part in the future! I am simply in love with Shana Abe's lyrical prose and it certainly serves this medieval romance well.
This is a pretty standard historical romance storyline and yet there are several twists in it that keep it interesting. But her characters and her writing are what completely elevate it. May 03, Erin Thompson rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was a revelation to me. She was the first romance novelist that I'd read that wrote with a poetic edge. It's so lyrical and captivating I've re-read it at least 10 times. Feb 18, Michele Lacroix rated it really liked it Shelves: I couldn't put this book down, I love books about soul mates finding eachother and losing eachother then finding eachother again.
Mar 07, Terri rated it liked it Shelves: I thought this book would be better then it was. The story was very dull, I did like how they loved each other. Dec 08, Kay Kay rated it it was ok Shelves: I liked the setting and the characters. I love reading books set in this time period. Noelle Hoorneman rated it really liked it Jun 26, Leah rated it really liked it Jan 23, Becca rated it liked it Jul 06, RP rated it really liked it Mar 25, Elisa rated it really liked it Jun 27, Erica rated it liked it Apr 14, Costa rated it really liked it Nov 25, Moon Love rated it it was amazing Apr 27, Asrdkm rated it it was ok Apr 20, Anne rated it it was ok Nov 18, Debbie Hayward rated it really liked it Jul 29, BlueDaisy rated it liked it Jul 05, Mojca rated it did not like it Aug 09, Jane Barry rated it really liked it Sep 21, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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She spent much of her childhood living in Colorado, with a brief stint in Mexico as a foreign exchange student, and, at age seventeen, lived in Japan as a model. Her writing focused on romance, as those were the types of books that she most enjoyed reading.
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See the full disclosure. View on the Mobile Site. Book Lists Kathleen E. Woodiwiss A Rose in Winter. Erienne Fleming despairs for her future. Her father, Avery, mayor of their small town in the north of England, is awash in gambling debts. Her brother has been maimed in a foolish duel for the family's honor.