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Historical romance was born when the remarkable Kathleen E. Woodiwiss gifted the world with her groundbreaking love story, The Flame and the Flower. Now, twelve consecutive New York Times bestsellers later, "the first lady of the genre" (Publishers Weekly) returns with her most breathtaking masterwork to date--a glorious celebration of a secret love that is dangerous, irr

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Published October 30th 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published November 1st 2006)
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Oct 14, 2008 Annie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Long-term Kathleen E. Woodiwiss Fans
Recommended to Annie by: Alaine Bucknall
Shelves: read-in-2008
This was my first Woodiwiss novel and having seen her name so many times on the bookshelves, I was a little excited. Sadly though, I was really disappointed with the story. I'm not saying I'll never read another Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel but let's just say I won't be in a hurry....and it would have to come highly recommended.

Sadly, Woodiwiss passed away last year after battling long-term illness. Out of respect for her fans and the legacy of an author who was considered quite prolific, I don't...more
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I didn't hate it. It was not as good as her earliest works but not as bad as The Reluctant Suitor. There are about 5 or 6 of Ms Woodiwiss' earlier novels that have remained on my keeper/favorites shelf for many years. For whatever reason her last few books just didn't pay off like her earlier ones did. But she will always be counted as a favorite author of mine anyway.
I've loved every book she's written over the years and I treasure my collection of them. Though Everlasting didn't have quite the gripping sizzle of her earlier novels, as a loyal Kathleene Woodiwiss fan, I had to finish the final one. I feel sad because there isn't any match for her, at least not that I've ever found. She was a winner and will miss her in the literary world! I hope she is happy in a magnificent castle in the great beyond with the wolf and the dove, and riding on a beautiful hor...more
Carol Spradling
EVERLASTING is the last book by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Miss Woodiwiss' books were the first books that I remember enjoying as a teen, well adult books. I admit, I enjoyed some of her books better than others, and I have mixed feelings about this book.

From posts from her son, Miss Woodiwiss passed away before completing Everlasting. I don't know how much of the published book is her work, but her touches are missing. I would have loved to have seen what this book could have been had she lived. Fo...more
I don't think I have ever read a book set in this time era. I have to say, it's pretty barbaric. Basically all a man has to do is rape an innocent woman and she is forced to marry him. Pretty messed up. This poor girl is almost raped multiple times in an effort for the man to be her husband. So glad I live in this time period. Despite this flaw the story was interesting. I thought the girl was an idiot many times, but I guess if you're constantly trying to fend off would be attackers you wouldn'...more
I've read a lot of books by Woodiwiss, and this was by far the least engaging. I'm usually able to suspend disbelief, but this one just had too many continuity issues. It could have been a good story, but Woodiwiss just tried to do too much, and it just felt like she didn't know her own characters all that well.

For example, the main character consistenly refused to "trust" the leading man, in spite of the fact that he repeatedly rescued her from a pair of murdering thieves. One of whom she marri...more
C.J. Prince
What do you do when you're in the middle of a series of books and you don't have the next one? I'm in an odd place of not reading anything "deep" or too demanding. So, I thought perhaps time for a bit of fantasy. I glanced through a pile of books by the side of my bed (yes, there are several piles.) And saw "Everlasting" by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I have read fabulous fantasies by her, retelling of old tales, or drawing a magical world that engages. So, I dived into this book.

Only half way throug...more
Mary Honeycutt
Apr 07, 2010 Mary Honeycutt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics
Shelves: 2010, audio-read
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"Everlasting" by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
(from the back cover)

Handsome and kind--a black-haired Scotsman with vivid blue eyes--Raven Seabern is an emissary for his king, and unlike any man Abrielle has ever encountered. From the 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...more
by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Genre: Historical Romance

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...more
Con dispiacere enorme sono costretta a dare il voto minimo all'ultima fatica di quest'autrice che ho amato molto, ma purtroppo è inevitabile. Una storia insulsa, inconcludente, lo stile utilizzato non è nemmeno paragonabile a quello dei suoi precedenti romanzi, la narrazione infatti è meno descrittiva e meno accurata, con personaggi delineati in maniera superficiale e semplicistica. La noia ha avuto il sopravvento per larghi tratti, e anche lo svolgersi degli eventi a volte è risultato banale e...more
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What a disappointment. Although it has been 30ish years since Ms. Woodiwiss first published her seminal book, The Flame and the Flower, you can still feel the influences today when you pick up romance novels just published. Having heard about her recent passing, I was moved to go back and re-read her back list and even my jaded little I-hate-the-romance- novel-industry-and-their-hidebound-ways heart was wowed all over again by her. So when I got to this one, her newest book, it seemed so very ou...more
Antoinette the Book Junkie
First read by Woodiwiss and she took me to the highlands of Scotland and gave be a Highland Hero to love. Abrielle is a very foolish yet noble and honorable young lady. She values her family and the sacrifices that have been made. She does the unthinkable to save her family from ruin. Raven is what a strong highlander should be and more. He is not a fortune hunter but a man on a mission of the heart. His father is a hoot and another strong highlander with a happy ending of his own in this story.
A friend of mine let me barrow this book when I was in high school. Now I'm a sophmore in college and I would like to read it again. Usually I don't like books set in the old time periods but this one was very good. I will probably end up buying it off Amazon soon :)
Abrielle has seemingly lost everything, her stepfather was shunned by the king for his bravery in the crusades and her finacee died tragically from a fall that is a questionable accident. This made her search for a husband become an act of desperation to save her family from poverty. She must accept the proposal from the evil brother of her late finacee, but not willingly. In steps Raven Seabern, the dashing Scot with black hair and flashing blue eyes. He saves her multiple times and she has cap...more
This wasn't the best page-turner I've read, but for a historic romance it was a very nice story. I loved how the author weaved in the unique differences of English and Scottish clansmen; the parallel today would be race, but clan differences seem no less violent or insane.

The main character was believable if not perhaps a bit too daft and innocent-sounding, even for the time period. I can understand the idea behind "I'll never trust him because..." but after repeated obvious efforts to woo her,...more
I used to read alot of romance novels and murder mystery/ suspense. It seems I cannot read them any more I tried but, I am bored to tears! This book I thought would be a break for the other books a lighter no brainer. That was the problem, It was like pulling teeth to finish. I was so not engaged, my brain was asked to take a Snow White nap and wait. I almost did'nt finish it, but I had to breakout of the romance coma. So I finished and was rewarded. I have changed, and the same things don't bri...more
The hero and heroine were introduced in the first chapter but didn't get together until page 256, not cool. I was speed reading it just to get to a point where something finally happened; took almost the entire book. Her earliest works were definitely her best; should have left the book closed at that point.
Kay Mendenhall
love Kathleen Woodieiss she writes long beautiful love stories but after kidnappings yes plural and twist and turns and of corse no communication of trust witch was there but the main caricator didn't see left this book a little to long. Still I'll keep reading her books because they really are the best.
A totally brainless read. I needed it. I do like reading the historical fiction, though. When I was younger, I read all of Woodiwiss' books. This was the one I hadn't read. I don't know if it is just not as well written, or if I am too old to escape, but this book wasn't as enjoyable as I remember her other books being. I did read at the end of the book that this was the last book that she published. She died of cancer the same year this book was published. I don't know. I guess I will have to g...more
Allison Fetch
It's been years since I've read anything by this author, who I remembered as providing a quality historical romance. What I didn't remember was how cumbersome her writing was. Most romance novels are quick, escapist reading. But this book took concentration just because the writing was very ornate and much in the style of the time. While I can appreciate that type of characteristic in more 'serious' novels, in a romance it was just too heavy. A decent story, but I found myself disliking the hero...more
I picked this up at my favorite used book store's dollar sale without really knowing anything about it. It turned out to be an average romance story set in England. There was only surface historical details and scant character development. None of these people could have ever existed in real life. Upon further research I learned that this was published posthumously so it may not be the best representation of the author's work. It seems like her earlier novels were highly regarded. If you like re...more
Annie Galloza
Everything you would expect from a very enjoyable quick read with the added bonus of reading dialogue in a Scottish accent, thus, the 5-star rating. :-)
So this book wasn't that great. It wasn't terrible, but just not really interesting. The first 2/3 of the book is pretty boring. Abrielle (the female lead) gets kidnapped, attacked, etc and Raven (male lead) saves her like 50 times. She whines that all these men are after her but also whines that she can't trust Raven for no real reason.

Even though he's an Ambassador, she assumes that he's a golddigger (because he didn't hit on her when she was "poor") and whines about it for most of the book. I...more
Ilaria Goffredo
Forse il romanzo più noioso della Woodiwiss.
Cindy Kirkland
okay, not the best of hers that I have read.
So I haven't read a true "romance" novel in about 10 years...but back when I did read them... Kathleen Woodiwiss was my favorite. Now I realize why I don't read them anymore. Once you go Diana Gabaldon, you just can't go back. This book is entertaining, but I just have higher expectations for adventure & believability of the characters. It's never a good sign when I find myself skimming whole pages rather than devouring every word. I think if I want romance I'll just wait patiently for the n...more
Jaime Atkins
This was my first book by Kathleen Woodiwiss. As much as I love to read historical romance, I was really looking forward to reading from one of the "master's" of this genre. I have to say this was a disapointment to me. She is a good author and I did like the vocabulary which added to the essence of the time, but the love affair was lacklustre and boring. I will push this book aside and at some point I will read Woodiwiss again to say I have given her a fair chance. I hope another of her storie...more
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Kathleen Erin Hogg was born on June 3, 1939, in Alexandria, Louisiana, she was the youngest of eight siblings by Gladys (Coker) and Charles Wingrove Hogg, a disabled World War I veteran. 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.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Eugene Woodiwiss at a dance,...more
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