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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In her groundbreaking romantic masterwork, The Flame and the Flower, internationally bestselling author Kathleen E.
Woodiwiss first introduced readers to the Birminghams -- an unforgettable family of adventurers. The incomparable author captivated her devoted audience again with the long-awaited sequel, The Elusive Flame. Now the magnificent story comes around full circle, as a glorious union created by love is threatened by suspicion and the self-serving schemes of evil men. Her marriage to dashing American shipbuilder Jeff Birmingham signals the beginning of a wonderful new life for Raelynn Barrett.
In the loving shelter of her husband's embrace, the pain of loss is diminished, as is her anger over her family's tragic and undeserved disgrace.
But try as she might, Raelynn cannot close her ears to the cruel accusations and whispered rumors about her new spouse that buzz around her head like bees. And she cannot deny what her own eyes see, though the images before her seem to brand her darling Jeff as the worst sort of criminal, forcing her to flee his desire and his love.
Jeff knows he is innocent -- though he is unaware of the conspiracy that has shrouded his marriage in secrets and now imperils it with lies.
And he will oppose the treachery with every fiber of his being in order to preserve his threatened happiness -- to win back the trust of the woman he cherishes -- and secure his place forever in his beloved Raelynn's heart. Read more Read less. About the Author Kathleen Woodiwiss practically invented historical romance as a money-making genre when The Flame and the Flower was published to sales that broke all records. Her backlist titles still sell over , copies each year, in over a dozen countries.
She died in No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.
Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I feel like I missed a whole book prior to this one.
Amazon would not let me return it. Bless you if you can make it further than me. But I quit. Is there anything I can really say about one of the Queen of Romance's books that hasn't already been said? Woodiwiss is the first historical romance author I read as a teenager. I've been hooked ever since. Her books remain classic's in this humble readers opinion and I will be forever grateful the day I picked up her first novel.
A Season Beyond a Kiss is no exception. A great read. I love her books but this one makes me feel like she struggled to write it. So thought to read again and it took me over a month to finish it. I feel the story was in the middle when it started, the way the dream sequence in the end was a last minute thought to add to the story. When Raelynn ran away was the absolute worst part. I considered Raelyn to be very immature and tickled. The 1st and :rd books were better. I had high hopes for this book after reading The Flame and the Flower, which I really enjoyed.
This book I didn't even finish. Probably the biggest turn off for me were the impossibly loooong monologues of the characters! A simple answer to a question between Jeff and Rayelynn could span a paragraph.
When Raelynn met Elizabeth at the dress shop, The exchanges between the two of "you're the fairest" no, "you're are the fairest" literally spanned 2 pages on my kindle Not the feeling I suppose the author was attempting to illicit here. The sheer length of some of the diatribes were nothing less than distracting and much of the diaglogue seemed over the top and unecessary.
I'm sure these exchanges were meant to be romantic between the two leads, but ones so deeply in love don't need so many words. Instead of romanantic the conversations often felt strange and stilted to me.
There was at least one glaring departure from the period in which this story was set too, when Barandon Jeff's brother from The Flame and the Flower chose to be present willingly at Suzanne, his daughter's birth.
Surely some husbands in the 's did tend their wives through childbirth, but no doubt it was necessity, rather than tenderness that motivated them. In high society I am sure it was unheard of if servants or midwives were available as they were in this story; not a big deal, but a bit of unnecessary fluff that did nothing to enhance the storyline. My biggest disappointment was the fact that the most interesting part of the story here was related in flashbacks.
The book opens with Raelynn and Jeff already married, she having suffered a kidnapping and intrigue in England, he having been accused of fathering a bastard, their meeting and wedding over and their relationship stalled. I thought I had missed an interum novel! It was all very confusing and I was left feeling like I couldn't really ever catch up.
I would have liked this book much more if it had began with Raylynn still in London, and had spanned through her meeting of Jeff. As it was, it just never really caught my fancy, I often skipped large portions trying to get to something interesting and finally gave up. I definitely do not recommend this book. First, I have to say that Kathleen Woodiwiss was not only the "queen of romance" who started it all, but she was a true professional and her writing shows it.
Having said that, while I enjoyed this romance, it's not in the 5 star category that some of her others are or even the first in the Birmingham series The Flame and the Flower. This second one also suffers from being a follow on to two short stories. Though written after The Elusive Flame, it precedes it in time and should be read first. A Season Beyond a Kiss is set in early 19th century Charleston and tells the story of a couple who when they wed do not know each other well and have yet to build trust.
Jeff is in his early 30s but Raelynn is only Still, they love each other and that, together with their extremely good chemistry, sustains them during some dark days. There are plots galore against them and there is a side romance of note that I enjoyed.
I did not read the two short stories, "the Kiss" and "Beyond the Kiss," that preceded this novel, but I could still follow the story. I have also read several of Woodiwiss' single novels and reviewed them, many received 5 stars. Among my favorites are Shanna and The Wolf and the Dove. So don't give up Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us.
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A Season Beyond a Kiss