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The Windflower

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,756 ratings  ·  267 reviews

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 p
Hardcover, Large Print, 530 pages
Published 2003 by Dell (first published May 1st 1984)
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Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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
Lover of Romance
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Synopsis

Merry Wilding, is a lady of leisure and espionage. She spends her free time with her aunt, in the countryside of the Colonies in North American. Drawing, painting, spending time in the gardens and when she can sneak out with her brother, drawing images of traitors and British spies in order to aid her brother's cause. She is very proud of being able to contribute someway to fight the English, even if it's just doing some drawing

Purely escapist fantasy, with uneven writing, a TSTL Mary Sue heroine and a nonsensical plot but also with a swoony hero, and even swoonier cast of secondary characters, hot as hell erotic scenes, and imaginative, humorous, sophisticated humor.

It was like some great screwball romantic comedy team of the 1930s were transplanted on the 19th century high seas, playing at being pirates.

"I’ll rub liniment into your poor bruised body. That will relax you.”

She heard his indrawn breath as she laid a h
Regan Walker
Superb Classic Pirate Romance—A Keeper!

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 is not
"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
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
[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
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
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
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.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, The Windflower, you crazy, delightful book. I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical going in. The book comes from the same era as The Flame and the Flower, which I hated, and the basic premise -- innocent, virginal young woman kidnapped and taken against her will on high seas adventures -- was similar. This book is so much better than The Flame and the Flower, though, from prose style to plotting to characterization. Also, unlike in the Woodiwiss book, the hero of The Windflower doesn't rape ...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
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Liz B
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
I know this is a favorite classic, but I just couldn't get past the overly descriptive prose detailing everything in each scene. Everything! Talk about tedious.

In addition, the heroine seemed like THE airhead of all airheads.
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mary Grace Nakao
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Apr 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Elis Madison
Sheltered, innocent, naïve to the point of

Merry Wilding is mistakenly kidnapped by Devon Crandall, a/k/a

(only he's blond)

Devon also mistakenly believes Merry is in cahoots with a guy he really, really hates (view spoiler). She's obviously hiding something. So he spends the first half of the book alternating between scaring her into puddle of quivering goo, or
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is, possibly, not my genre. I haven't decided yet. But here are some things that annoyed me about this book:

hero treats heroine appalingly for the first half of the book, and continues to do so on and off afterward
(related) the whole Stockholm syndrome thing—the book begins with hero kidnapping heroine and she keeps trying to escape, but although we're told he loves her, he never lets her go; she, of course, falls for him anyway
hero changes his mind and marries heroine on the spot whe
Susan A.
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
One of my absolute favorite historical pirate romances.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved the characters in this book. It was tender, romantic and so very well written. It is one of my favorites. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Spoilers ahead:

I cannot adequately describe the extent of the love-hate relationship have with this book. Half way through the story, I was ready to give this five stars but then it went downhill so fast that by the end of it I wanted to smash my Kindle against the wall and I would have done it too, if I could afford another one.

Good God, I don't know what was going in the authors head but do not, I repeat DO NOT make your hero redeemable and then immediately make him commit further atrocities
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Windflower keeps appearing on All About Romance's Top 100 Romances, and is raved about on so many different romance review sites on the internet that I decided enough was enough, and went on Amazon Marketplace to track down a copy (the book was published in 1984, the book I have is from 1994, and the book's been out of print for ages).

I now see why it's so popular. This book has pretty much everything you'd want from an old fashioned romance novel - the heroine is grew up with a spinster au
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I waffle between giving this four stars and 3.5 stars but in the end decided it was a solid 4 stars.

Caution: Those who do not like Kathleen Woodiwiss and in particular The Flame and the Flower need not continue here. This book was clearly inspired by that book, as many HR books and HR writers then and now have been. For good or for bad.

We have the utterly innocent heroine and the dashingly wicked hero who captivates her physically and emotionally. Their initial meeting outside the tavern was sw
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Laura London is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team Tom and Sharon Curtis. Married more than forty years, Tom and Sharon published ten historical and contemporary romance novels from 1976 to 1986, many of which have come to be regarded as classics in the genre. The daughter of a petroleum geologist father and historian and magazine editor mother, Sharon was raised overseas and lived ...more
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