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The Windflower

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,285 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
She longed for a pirate's kisses, for a golden rogue's caress...

Every lady of breeding knows: No one has a good time on a pirate ship. No one, that is, but the pirates. Yet there she was, Merry Wilding—kidnapped in error, taken from a ship bound from New York to England, spirited away in a barrel and swept aboard the infamous Black Joke. There she was, trembling with pleas
Mass Market Paperback, 445 pages
Published May 1st 1984 by Dell
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Feb 03, 2012 KatiD rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Merry Patricia Wilding was sitting on a cobblestone wall, sketching three rutabagas and daydreaming about the unicorn."

Thus begins what is, in my opinion, the best romance ever written.

For those who know me, they know that I read romance. A lot of romance. Thus, I consider myself to be quite an aficionado. I read almost all types of romance: contemporary, historical, paranormal, almost everything, except inspirational. If I had to guess, I would say that I've read well over 1000 romances in my
Aug 16, 2009 K. rated it it was ok
[Laura London (a/k/a Tom and Sharon Curtis), "The Windflower" (From an earlier post at Amazon.):]

I PBS'd my copy of "The Windflower" . . . that's how much I liked it! HAHA! Some advice: Pretend you are still a 14 year old teenager and you still think "boys are so cute" when you begin the book. You can then appreciate how many 16-18 year old boy pirate semi-heros are in the story. (You won't have to worry about the "actual" old-guy hero (I think he's about 30) . . . His interaction with the heroi
"What, in an upbringing of painting root vegetables in watercolors and tapping sugar maples, was there to prepare her for men with hookahs and hoop earings?"

It's a long, complicated history, but the short version is Merry Wilding is a lass of gentle birth (family had to flee England due to debts), and raised in obscurity by her maidenly aunt in a small Virginia village. She's as innocent and naïve as they get. It's 1814 and the US and England are currently at war, and she's with older brother a
I can't believe this is the book that's on so many best romance shelves.It didn’t do for me what it did for so many others. It’s not a good sign when you are wishing the secondary character (Cat, I’m talking to you) would end up with the heroine, and knowing darn well that it will never happen. It’s not really the hero’s fault either, he was okay. It’s just that the author made Cat a much more substantial character than Devon. I felt like the heroine spent more quality time with Cat. They had mo ...more
Ok... I put off reading this one for a looooong time, mostly because I really have to be "in the mood" to read anything pre-1990 (aka, bodice ripper bonanza era): I hate it when the hero (usually a pirate, duke, sheik,...) rapes the heroine, where the heroine is physically abused, etc, and while I read them, wide-eyed, when I was in my early teens, it's been a while since that kind of storyline has attracted me.

That said, The Windflower was not your average bodice ripper AT ALL, and did not cont
Regan Walker
Superb Classic Pirate Romance—one not to miss!

This was the product of the husband-wife writing team of Sharon and Tom Curtis and some believe it was their best. I can tell you this: this pirate romance set in in 1813 during the War of 1812 is one of the finest historical romances I have read. It’s a classic. Originally published in 1984, it was reissued in 1995, and can be obtained in paperback (used). Though you may have to pay a premium, as I did, to get a good copy, for fans of the genre, it
American Merry Wilding is kidnapped by the English pirate, Devon.

An old favorite of many. If I had read this back in the 80s when it was published I probably would have given it 5 stars but my taste have changed some through the years. Written in the heyday of bodice rippers, this has some elements often found in them. But more of a soft bodice ripper. I liked it but I did feel it lagged in a few places. There were a lot of interesting characters and they really added to the story.
Liz B
Oct 30, 2010 Liz B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was wavering between 4 and 5 stars on this one, and went with the higher rating. Because I HATE pirate romance, and yet I enjoyed every moment of this book.

Here's the premise: Innocent Merry Wilding is accidentally kidnapped and brought aboard a pirate ship during the war of 1812, where she falls in love with a hot blonde pirate who is actually a titled Englishman.

I know!! It's ludicrous. But lots of good stuff is (exactly where are the cameras during the Hunger Games, pray tell?!?). So please
May 14, 2015 Miki rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Now that I'm a "woman of a certain age", I tend to shy away from teen-aged heroines, too-handsome-to-live heroes, and - for Pete's sake- pirates, of all things! This book should have hit every "NO!" button I have. But it didn't. I enjoyed every single cliched page of it.

Merry is a silly little 18-year-old girl, who is kidnapped and held captive on a pirate ship. Do the frightful pirates rape and torture her? Heck, no! They teach her how to sail, how to climb the rigging, and how to live like a p
Coming up with a rating for The Windflower is one of the more difficult decisions I've had to make for a book. It's one of those books dependent on so many things: its historical context, the reader's personal state of mind, and how much fantasy the reader feels comfortable consenting to.

Personally, I have a pretty tough suspension of disbelief. I do make an active attempt to go where a writer is trying to take, with more success sometimes (Catherynne Valente, for example) than others (right now
So I realize that this novel is immensely popular, and that it stands out among other earlier Romantic works (as the Smart Bitches say- Old Skool). But perhaps all this praise served me poorly, because I went in looking for something instead of just simply immersing myself within the text. I had no problems with the poetic language of the novel, nor the story itself. The problem for me solely resided in the characters. When the supporting characters surpass your hero and heroine in terms of comp ...more
The Windflower is one of the best romance novels I have read. It will be in the top of my all time favorite romances that will defiantly be on my reread shelf.

This is a story about Merry Wilding who is innocence, and breathtaking beautiful. With high hopes for a holiday in England, she sets sail from New York-but the tide of her life is destined to turn. This story has a pirate ship, with our heroine, Merry, finding herself at the mercy of a wicked crew . She meets the handsome pirate, Devon Cra
Jane Stewart
DNF. Wasn’t working for me.

I read 187 pages and was not enjoying it, so I stopped. I didn’t care enough to look at the end.

Devon (the Adonis/pirate) has several kissing and fondling sessions with Merry. He turns her on and then walks away. He’s a pirate. But he and his co-pirates are keeping her safe after she is accidentally brought to their ship. She is a feisty virgin who refuses to be seduced by Devon.

Devon asks her who she was with at a tavern. She acts like it’s a huge state secret and she
Mar 11, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
By Laura London (the husband and wife team of Sharon and Tom Curtis), The Windflower is my all time favorite romance. It's worth reading again and again. It's true. I've probably read it a half dozen times over the years. I recently saw it mentioned in a blog and decided to dig it out to read yet again. I don't know why I waited so long. My aged copy is in pieces and held together with a rubber band and strangely, the print seems to have shrunk considerably since the last time I thumbed thru its ...more
Susan A.
Sep 01, 2013 Susan A. rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough that in HS a friend's grandmother (or aunt) worked in a bookstore. When books were being discontinued it was accepted practice to rip off the front cover and throw the book away. (SACRILEGE!!!) She would instead, bring them to us ... those of us who had read the school library, perhaps like me who had read every book in the library of the small town where I spent my summers ...

This book spoke to me right off ... I read this book until the binding cracked and fell apart and I'd
May 16, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately. Oh, I've read some good books, and some interesting books, but I hadn't had an OMG I NEED TO KEEP READING THIS book in a while. I read an NPR piece about the re-release of this book and thought it sounded intriguing, even though romance novels aren't usually my thing. The library copy I read was an old printing with faded pages and small print that made my eyeballs hurt, but I still kept reading. And reading. And OMG I NEEDED TO KEEP READING. It open ...more
Feb 18, 2008 Unhinged rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE best romance I've ever read. Even after 20 years, Devon, Merry, Cat and Raven still make me cry, laugh and long to be a part of their world. I've never read anything that compares to what the characters in this story make me feel. I love it, I love it. A must-read for any romance writer.
Nov 06, 2012 Lorelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the characters in this book. It was tender, romantic and so very well written. It is one of my favorites. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Alicia J
Dec 26, 2014 Alicia J rated it it was amazing
One of my absolute favorite historical pirate romances.
Sep 07, 2012 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I own this edition of the book and that cover is hideous and embarrassing and I want to hide it. Good thing I didn't have any taste back when I first was reading romance novels. I loved this book when I read it years ago, and I love it still. It is all about the relationship between the two protagonists - and how they attract and don't want the attraction. On a Pirate Ship!!!

Beautifully written, well researched. The secondary characters really make the story - they're wonderfully fleshed out an
Aug 10, 2015 Phyllis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audiobook
Just reread this book. Despite the fact that I have probably read this book over a dozen times, I was swept away with this romance. If you only read one romance, read this romance. I love every word. It is a romance in the sense of the word. It is a tale of nobility. It is a tale of love. It is a story about coming of age. It is about lost innocence.It is abut redemption. I love this story about Merry who is kidnapped by pirates. It is out of print, but you can find an affordable copy in used bo ...more
Mary Grace Nakao
DNFed when I got to the part where she willingly gave herself up right after Devon humiliated her, emotionally tortured her and basically treated her like trash.

My pride as a woman couldn’t take it. Watching her defenses and logic go crumbling down because of what?

I don’t really care if he’s handsome and sexy af. If he looks like a greek god straight out from Olympus. I don’t care if there were times when he treated her right, when he showed her compassion. It all ends up with Devon semi-forcin
I am SO glad that I got this from the library as an interlibrary loan because I was so bored that I couldn't manage to finish it. The only character that I liked in the book was Cat and even he wasn't enough for me to finish this one. I feel like I am in a reading funk lately. I really need something to break me on of it.
Suggestions, anyone?
Carolyn Jourdan
Mar 20, 2008 Carolyn Jourdan rated it it was amazing
This is my all-time favorite romance. None of the zillions of other romances I've read can touch it. The characters are so memorable. It's unbelievably good. Written by a husband and wife. "Transcends the genre" as one of the 44 Five-Star reviews on Amazon says.
Karen Wellsbury

This book is 20 years old, and in some respects it shows.
Classic story - Innocent, young beauty and experienced older man clash - then fall in love.

Merry - our heroine was a meringue of a girl,fluffy and sweet, I really wanted her to have 'more' and just when the writing developed her, it would just not.
Devon, a man so beautiful that the whole world fancied him, was custard to her meringue. A little deeper, more rounded, but mainly sweet and drippy.

I would have liked about 30% of the
Shannon Dyer
Actual rating is 3.5 stars. Review to come at AAR.
REALLY close to 5 stars. I'll say 4.5. This a longer than the average book out there now. I enjoyed the generous time that the authors gave to the story/plot. There are several characters in this book. That surprised me, since I had pictured a lone rogue pirate (redundant?) seducing an innocent young woman. I had that almost correct. There are many "minor" characters that play key roles. Devon is the H, Merry is the h. The plot build up was at first exciting and had some mystery. Devon is servin ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Shakira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story line, the descriptive prose and all the characters. Even the secondary characters were mesmerizing and I would love to read their stories.

The setting was beautifully described, establishing the perfect background for the story to unfold. Merry grew considerably as a person, finding her backbone and with her sweet, innocent and forthcoming attitude, established deep friendships with the biggest ruffians at sea. Devon did not change much, he was as protective of Merry in the beg
Heidi Hart
Wow. It's hard to even know where to begin to review The Windflower. Written in 1984 by husband-and-wife team Tom and Sharon Curtis, Windflower is one of the most famous books in the romance canon. It's gone in and out of print several times, and in between releases, it wasn't unusual for used copies to sell for hundreds of dollars, since demand for the book remained sky high even in times of scarcity. Rereleased (for the first time in ebook form) this spring in honor of its 30th anniversary, Wi ...more
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