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The Spitfire

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"Realistic, appealing characters and an entertaining tale."
The year is 1483. Just as beautiful Lady Arabella Grey, the young cousin of England's King Richard III, speaks her wedding vows to Sir Jasper Keane, the Scotsman Tavis Stewart, Earl of Dunmore, abducts Arabella as payment for Jasper's murder of his fiancee. Irresistibly, deliciously, Arabella surre...more
Paperback, 490 pages
Published August 11th 1990 by Ballantine Books (first published 1990)
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I read this book for the first time about 20 years ago. I've reread it numerous times since and I continue to love it. That first time reading it I was in a mountain cabin laying on a bunk bed stealing it from my mom because I wanted something to read. It was the first romance novel I ever read. So fond memories.

The book itself has created even fonder memories. It showed me that it is possible to be a strong and intelligent woman as well as soft and feminine. Arabella's story is fascinating, sh...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Regan
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

For those not familiar with her work, Small has a very different style than other romance authors and tells complex, intricate and sometimes disturbing stories. This one is no exception. It begins with deception and treachery and a Scottish earl seeking vengeance. But it makes some strange twists and turns. To enjoy it, you must adjust your expectations from the typical historical romance to e...more
Trina Guilty Pleasures
This was not my favorite book I was not fond of the character Lady Arabella Grey. I found her very spoiled, vain and irritating, I had read this book years ago and was doing a re-read and to be honest did not finish the book.
Bertrice Small's writing is somehiow becoming almost a naughty little pleasure for me. Yea, I know the prose tends to be a titch purply, but otherwise it's not that bad. Mostly, I like the epic saga-type style, the stories spanning over a number of years, with lots of stuff going on. I also gotta admit to likin' the naughty bits in a way too. This one wasn't as kinky as the two mid-east set stories I've read by her, but the heroine did have relations with more men than just the hero. It was tame...more
I really liked this book. The year is 1483. Lady Arabella is set marry the kings choice of husband (he's a bad guy) and he comes to live with them before the wedding. Note: she is to young to wed yet. During the time he is there seduces her mother. He had already killed one woman that he seduced that was betrothed to the neighboring Scot Lord.

Well on the wedding day, the Scot Lord Tavis Steward steals her away and makes her wed him. She falls in love with him and lives with him for a time, but w...more
personally i don't like it because i think lady arabella is spoiled and thinks only about herself. she became a whore because she is damn idiot. acting like a a spoiled little girl shows she is immature and idiot but not a brave and a bold women. if she threatened her husband that she is suicide or runaway surely he would have done somethin. but no she went and slept with his nephew and went to France and became a whore. she clearly didn't love her husband or anyone around her but herself. she i...more
Great book set in 15th century England.
This book started off as a regular sounding historical romance, then many twists and turns came along...all due to the maddening result of man's rule and a woman trying to be strong when it wasn't allowed. She is praised and frowned upon for her strength and carries on trying to do what she feels is right, even doing what she feels is wrong because of orders from the men around her. The ending is sad, and it made me wish the end was different...yet the ending is good...if that can make sense, it...more
The book is too long. It dragged on, and I really disliked the heroine.
I think there was a three-some sex scene, which was something I hadn't read in a romance novel before, so that was a surprise.
I just couldn't bring myself to like Arabella. Travis was in spite of the era, a sweetheart who loved a selfish-overly proud woman.
Regan Walker
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Sarath Krishnan
the adventures of Arabella Gray is really interesting.Certainly,she is a strong woman.
I don't like reading bodice rippers as much as I used to.
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Bertrice Williams was born on December 9, 1937 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, the daughter of Doris S. and David R. Williams, both broadcasters. She studied at Attended Western College for Women and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School. On October 5, 1963, she married George Sumner Small, a photographer and designer with a History Major at Princeton. They had a son Thomas David. She has...more
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