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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380007789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380007783
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When the Normans invade and sweep across Saxon England in 1066, lovely Aislinn of Darkenwald watches her father murdered outside her home. Wulfgar, the Iron Wolf of Normandy, arrives to rule Darkenwald, and one look at Aislinn leads him to claim her as his own. She hates the Norman conquering forces, but Wulfgar awakens a consuming passion in her that she can't deny. As she struggles with her growing love for Wulfgar, she does what she can to aid her conquered people and her bereaved mother. But a jealous lord conspires with Wulfgar's spoiled half-sister and Aislinn's very life is threatened before Wulfgar can admit that the woman he conquered has in truth, conquered his heart. This beloved historical romance deserves a special place on the shelves of millions of romance readers and shouldn't be missed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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” A legend.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

“A phenomenon.” (New York Times)

“The queen of historical romance.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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With more than thirty-six million copies of her bestselling novels already in print, Kathleen E. Woodiwiess remains one of America's most successful and beloved storytellers. She is the author of twelve enormously successful masterworks of romantic fiction, including The Flame and the Flower, Shanna, Ashes in the Wind, Petals on the River, and The Elusive Flame.

Customer Reviews

I first read this book over 20 years ago.
Joanie
The characters were well written and the story very real, but the plot kinda dragged.
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I highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical romances.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on March 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As some other readers have mentioned, this was my 2nd romance novel too (the 1st being KW's The Flame & The Flower). Now, 20+ yrs & uncountable romance books later, this one still stands out as the best medieval romance i've ever read. The time, the characters, the events, all come to life under KW's skillful writing (how i wish she would write another one like this). The passion between Wulfgar & Aislinn is palpable & contrary to some readers' comments, there is no real rape of the heroine (i would never be able to stomach that). The story gives a vivid account of the Battle of Hastings (albeit, more from the normans' perspective) & paints a true picture of a mighty warrior - Wulfgar - i still smile when i think of him *s*, & a strong woman - Aislinn - her strength lies in her wisdom & gentleness. All in all, a wonderful book that you will find yourself reading over & over again (my original finally fell apart). Enjoy!
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Carrell on October 7, 2004
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In the time of William the Conqueror, two people sworn to hate forged a love so strong it would overcome any obstacle. Thus is the story of Wulfgar and Aislinn.

_The Wolf and the Dove_ is a tale full of passionate love and bitter war all set amid scenery so well described you feel that you are transported to another time and place. You'll feel as though you walk the footpaths and as if you are part of the action. Ms. Woodiwiss has a rare talent to join words together that makes them seem as if they come to life.

The characters are vibrant and well fleshed out. The interaction between the characters is some of the best I've ever seen. Their wit is matched well against each other and it makes for *very* enjoyable scenes. Wulfgar is infuriating and exasperating and even though he tries to hide it you can sense a tenderness buried deep under the surface. There are glimpses of a little boy inside of him seeking love. That said, he still remains a mystery. Most times you can't figure out what he's thinking, which makes him all the more appealing. You respect him for not immediately forcing himself upon Aislinn. It is quite humorous to watch him struggle with his feelings for Aislinn while at the same time still trying desperately to cling to his hatred of women. Aislinn is one of the finest examples of a romantic heroine. She is brave, passionate and often sets the hero on his ear.

_The Wolf and the Dove_ is a lively story that will keep you turning the pages quickly and never wanting it to end. A fine example of Ms. Woodiwiss at her all-time best.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2004
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This was my first K. Woodiwiss novel. I was a bit hesitant to read it after reading the negative reviews here. I just finished the book and found no justification for the complaints written. Yes, there is a rape in the beginning. Yes, the Saxons were treated horribly by the invading Normans. But, people! It was the year 1066! Frankly, the reality of the Norman Invasion was probably much more disturbing than what was described in the novel. And at least (unlike in Catherine Coulter's "Devil's Embrace), it's not hero of the story raping the heroine. Now that book was disturbing. But I digress...
This was a fabulous historical romance. I only have two complaints: the love scenes were EXTREMELY tame. I mean, most of the time the author just says they did it and leaves it at that. Secondly, the author gets a little wordy in the war scenes. I understand she wanted to provide a little background and maybe the story would have suffered without them, but I just skimmed those pages.
I cannot say enough about this book. I want to recommend it without giving away too much of the plot. If like medieval romance, you won't be disappointed!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marky McMark on November 17, 2006
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I LOVE Kathleen Woodiwiss' books but like most of them (except for A Rose in Winter), they are WAY too long. Like The Flame and the Flower, a lot happens in the beginning and then there are PAGES AND PAGES of the hero and heroine taking baths together and telling each other how gorgeous each other is. Fortunately, Kathleen Woodiwiss creates interesting characters and a setting that sweeps you away to another time and place and that is wonderful; it's what I love about her books. I just wish sometimes she would pick up the pace a bit. Also, Aislinn is a delightful heroine, but to we have to hear CONSTANTLY how beautiful she is? We get it, Kathleen: Aislinn is GORGEOUS, thanks!

I can never say anything too negative how KW's books however. I almost cried when it was over...maybe it was because at 500+ pages I never thought I would finish it. But it is worth the time...no one writes like her anymore and her books should be cherished and read again and again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michelle888 on December 13, 2004
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This is a novel set in the medieval era, where men were warriors and conquerors and women didn't have as much rights as we do in the modern world. Hence, it was nice to read about how a heroine conquers a fierce warrior. This is the romance between Aislinn of Darkenwald, whose home was invaded by the Norman conquerors, and Wulfgar, the so-called Iron Wolf of Normandy. In this book, Ms Woodiwiss tells the story of how these two people overcome all obstacles to find true love.

I admire Aislinn's strength and courage. Despite what she was subjected to when the Normans, lead by Ragnor, invaded her home, she doesn't lose her spirit. She remains the symbol of strength of the people of Darkenwald. As for Wulfgar, being the warrior that he is, he seems cold at the start, but then the author explains how he came to mistrust women. I like how their love develops. You get to see Wulfgar weakens where Aislinn is concerned, doing things that you would never expect from him. The author has also added some humorous exchanges between these two. It's also good to see the villains get what they deserve, and another bonus is the surprise revelation made at the end of the book.

This is the second time I read this. Admittedly, I would have probably only given this about 3 and a half stars when I first read it years ago, but I am so glad that I gave this book another go, as I truly enjoyed and appreciated it the second time.
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