I’ve always been a prolific reader. Since I was a small child armed with Dick and Jane books, the phrase Get Your Nose Out of That Book! Has echoed around our house. When I went to highschool, I ramped up the reading – both required books and my new-found love of historical romance. Rosemary Rogers, Shirlee Busbee, Bertrice Small. And then I read the Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss, and reading romance was never the same again.
I haven’t read it for years, but “The Flame And the Flower” holds a permanent spot as my favorite romance novel ever. Of course, my attitude about these things is a little different.
Ms Woodiwiss wrote The Wolf and The Dove, a romance that was set during the Norman invasion, and it far surpasses the writing in The Flame and The Flower. The history was more authentic, I think, and the emotions truer, the romance more romantic.
Her revolutionary debut novel, The Flame and the Flower, was rejected by agents and hardcover publishers alike for being too long – and at 600 pages, it put the smaller historicals that were popular to date to shame. Woodiwiss then submitted it to Avon, who purchased the novel in paperback. It sold over 2.3 million copies in its first four years. Way to go!
|Title: The Flame and the Flower|
Author(s): Kathleen E Woodiwiss
ISBN: 0-8161-3671-8 / 978-0-8161-3671-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon Amazon UK