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Once, Abrielle was a privileged daughter 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 man would still have her: the oafish and grotesque Desmond de Marlé. To rescue her once-proud family's honor, Abrielle must sacriOnce, Abrielle was a privileged daughter 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 man would still have her: the oafish and grotesque Desmond de Marlé. To rescue her once-proud family's honor, Abrielle must sacrifice her virtue to this scoundrel she fears and detests . . . even as she yearns for another lover.Dashing, handsome, tall, and kind, Raven Seabern is quite unlike any man Abrielle has ever encountered. But their love can never be, for Abrielle is betrothed to a monster. And the well-being of everyone she cares for demands that she honor her promise. Still, Raven knows he has found the true one and must never let her go—though secrets, deceptions, dishonor, and unimaginable peril will surely be their fate if they follow the dictates of their hearts....

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everlasting Reviews

  • Regan Walker
    2019-07-17 18:34

    A Great Medieval Romance - 4 and 1/2 Stars!While I did not rate this as high as her other medieval romance, The Wolf and the Dove, I truly enjoyed this story of Raven Seabern, the handsome black-haired, blue-eyed son of a Scottish laird (the father reminded me of an older Sean Connery), who is a messenger for King David of Scotland and trusted by King Henry. He meets Abrielle, a red-haired Saxon beauty, in Henry's court just after her stepfather, a faithful Norman knight, is passed over by Henry for the reward he justly deserved. Suddenly Abrielle is no longer pursued by the eligible young suitors for she will have no dowry of land or title. And, worse, in order to save her family from ruin, she agrees to wed the evil and ugly Desmond de Marle who has lusted after her even before her betrothed was mysteriously killed. Raven watches from the sidelines as all this is happening for he is already in love with the fair Abrielle and will not leave her. This is a tale of the time when there were still difficulties between Normans and Saxons and also between England and the Scots. But against that background, there is the prospect of true love conquering all. And so it does.This was Woodiwiss' last romance, published in 2007, and while not as sweeping or detailed in scope, nor frankly as good as her others, it is still a fine medieval love story and I recommend it.Here's a list of her other novels:Birmingham Family Saga Series:The Flame and the Flower, 1972A Season Beyond a Kiss, 2000The Elusive Flame, 1998Single Novels:The Wolf and the Dove, 1974Shanna, 1977Ashes in the Wind, 1979A Rose in Winter, 1981Come Love a Stranger, 1984So Worthy My Love, 1989Forever in Your Embrace, 1992Petals on the River, 1997The Reluctant Suitor, 2002Her best ones were written in the 70s and 80s, with this perhaps an exception.

  • Annie
    2019-07-15 19:22

    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 feel comfortable going into too much detail about what I didn't enjoy about this novel. But briefly, I felt that it lacked depth from a too-convenient plotline and a flawless hero and heroine. While it was certainly lovely and feelgood, this particular novel wasn't really very memorable. It probably also didn't help me warm to it that when the woman performing this audio spoke in the hero's voice, he came out sounding like a verrrrrrrrrry old dirty Scotsman. Not a very sexy burr at all. And not really how I imagined Raven Seaburn to sound. On a positive note, the book had a fantastic cover. In fact, I think it has to be one of my all-time favourite historical genre covers. Oh and I love love loved the heroine's name Abrielle. I thought it was beautiful! Writing-wise Woodiwiss wove some interesting sub-plots and although they were predictable, I do feel she coloured the narrative well with them. I didn't feel this novel was at the same standard as a Jude Deveraux historical however I'd still be willing to give her another go. Does anyone have some recommendations???Read this novel if: You're a long-term Woodiwiss fan who would like to show support and purchase the author's final book.Don't read this novel if: You've never read a Woodiwiss before. I'd recommend seeking some suggestions from Woodiwiss fans as to which to start with because I definitely started with the wrong one!

  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    2019-07-07 20:35

    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.

  • becky
    2019-07-13 17:49

    Okay, another heroine I didn't like and whose choices I didn't agree with on any level. She was seemingly always thinking about others (her mother & stepfather, for example) and we're supposed to think she's this giving, sacrificing creature, but her actions aren't really all that noble although Woodiwiss would have had us think they were. The friends of Abrielle were one-dimensional and their side stories told as almost an afterthought and not worth inclusion in the novel. They didn't lend anything to the story - in fact, they took away from it because they were distracting in how bad they were. If as an author you're going to introduce a maniacal evil witch, use that character to its utmost potential instead of having her flit in and out with minor disruptions to the story; otherwise, she could have just been an unhappy, jealous old women - she didn't need to be a witch. I think the thing I disliked the most was that once again, we've got a heroine who is simpering and stupid and instead of using her brain to think things through, just jumps to the most ridiculous conclusions about everything around her and we're supposed to go along for the ride, somehow feeling empathy toward her and her situation. Nope. No can do. She should have been falling over herself in gratitude the first time Raven (what a stupid name!) saved her from rape, but instead she spends 3/4 of the book being suspicious of his motives for saving her. No thanks.

  • Lorena
    2019-07-04 15:32

    A historical pain in the neck!I love historical fiction and when I saw this in the bookstore's shelf I didn't think two times. Before I started reading it I saw the reviews on the flaps from Library Journal etc. marking this book as a legend in the romance genre, so I had expectations.The setting, the prologue were promising, it's Medieval times, I love that period of the history, I liked the name of the main character, but only that. I know it was 1135, but was it usual for a lady to be 'lifted over strangers's shoulders' just because she happens to be without a husband? I really tried to enjoy the plot but I couldn't. Every event was predictable, the relations among the characters and especially the romance between the two main characters which was kinda lame, so I often caught myself skimming pages. Spoiler alert: They lived happily ever after!

  • Koki
    2019-07-18 16:29

    Posledná kniha tejto autorky sa k nám dostala už aj v slovenčine :-)Abrielle si na kráľovskom bankete všimne, že ju neustále prepaľuje očami vysoký, statný mladík. Vie o ňom, že sa volá Havran Seabern, je kráľovský emisár a to najdôležitejšie: je Škót. Rozhodne sa ho ignorovať, ale myseľ mieni, telo mení... Keď ju vyzve do tanca, od vzrušenia zatajuje dych a podlamujú sa jej kolená. Také niečo ešte pri žiadnom mužovi nepocítila. Medzi hlavnými hrdinami to neuveriteľne iskrí, ale kým to prepukne naplno, prejdú ešte dlhú cestu. Abrielle je nútená (pod hrozbou chudoby jej malej rodiny) vydať sa za Desmonda, jediného nápadníka, ktorý jej ostal po tom, ako kráľ odmietol udeliť titul jej otčimovi, pre "údajný" nedostatok peňazí v kráľovských pokladniciach. Zvyšok recenzie nájdete tu:

  • Manuela
    2019-06-20 12:21

    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 scontato. Insomma, un canto del cigno che quest'autrice davvero non meritava, come non meritava che questo romanzo venisse pubblicato forzatamente, nonostante lei non l'avesse terminato, non a caso si nota che forse solo lo spunto è frutto della sua penna, per il resto è stato assemblato da qualcun'altro. Se non ci fosse stato il nome della Woodiwiss sulla copertina, non l'avrei nemmeno finito, l'ho fatto solo per rispetto della sua luminosa carriera.

  • Pam H
    2019-06-22 18:27

    After reading 5 or 6 of Woodiwiss' books you learn to expect spoiled females who are downright bitchy. In this edition, Abrielle has lost her fiancé, needs to marry to save her family from destitution after her stepfather is passed over for the recognition he deserves from the Crusades and the only option is a disgusting excuse of a man, her finance's fat brother. Raven Seabern is a handsome Scot who is an emissary for the King. Abrielle's mother is a warm, sweet woman and her step father is a kind man - how does she get to be so bitchy?Raven is drawn to her and knows he will eventually win her over but you don't really feel a connection between them. It's amazing he is so driven to succeed when she is nasty to only him when he never did anything wrong.Cedric, Raven's father is very entertaining and really stole the show.

  • Victoria Griffin
    2019-06-30 18:24

    I just love this book, haven't read it in years but when I saw it was available as a kindle edition at my library I was thrilled !!! I always enjoyed Mrs Woodwiss's style of storytelling. Her books are what got me hooked on historical romance novels. I won't blab to much about the plot line or else I may give it all away. Basically the story takes place in medieval england close to Scotland's boarders. You have a sweet young heroine who is willing to do what she needs to do to help her family. Despite her own feelings, a odious man who is ONE of many villains and a good man with the support of his father who helps her.

  • Carol Spradling
    2019-07-10 17:46

    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. For that reason, although it isn't one of my favorites, it will still be enjoyed because it was her last. I'm glad her family allowed it to be released.”

  • Samantha Stambaugh
    2019-06-28 15:35

    Review to come soon!

  • Sherrie
    2019-07-03 16:40

    "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 she honor her promise.Still, the fire lit that night will not be doused. Raven knows he has found the true one and must never let her go--though secrets, deceptions, dishonor, and unimaginable peril will surely be their fate if they follow the dictates of their hearts.Wonderful Historical Romance, this book is set in 1135 during the rein of King Henry of England and King David of Scotland. Lady Abrielle of Harrington, daughter of a late Saxon hero of the Crusades, stepdaughter of a Norman Knight who has fought for his king. The family is in dire straights and will be penniless if the king does not bestow a title on him. Abrielle must marry to keep the family together and provide financial security for them. The man she must marry is ruthless and wants Abrielle at any cost. Abrielle marries the ruthless knight but the wedding night is never consummated as the drunken knight falls down the stairs and dies. Which leaves the door open for Raven Seabern. But he must gain Abrielle's trust and love. But, isn't there always a but in these stories!! Another ruthless nobleman want her also and all the lands and riches the has inherited. So the fight begins for Raven to get and keep her.

  • Jennifer DeHaven
    2019-06-24 18:43

    Another book that ends with me thinking "Thank God it's over."Annoying is pretty much the only way I can think to describe this book and everything about it. The characters are annoying. The conflict is annoying. The romance is annoying. EVERYTHING IS ANNOYING. I have never met a more obnoxious heroine than Abrielle, if heroine is what she could be called. There aren't enough characters allowed in this review to describe every bone-headed, hot-and-cold, back-and-forth, mixed signal nonsense featured in this novel. If I'd been responsible for writing this, it would have been a very short tale indeed because I'm barely halfway through the book before getting stuck on the repetitive thought of "Geez, Raven, just leave her alone." I could find no connection or sympathy for any of the characters featured, all of them prompting me to roll my eyes at one point or another. The only romance I found even the smallest inkling of interest in was that between Cedric and Cordelia- and even that I eventually found to be a contrived and awkward subplot inserted forcefully at the most random of occasions for... some purpose that I cannot even construe. Long story short: would not recommend. Ever. Ugh.

  • Tina
    2019-07-16 13:27

    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 out of kilter with the rest. There was none of the character, plot or relationship development that unfolds so organically and wonderfully in her previous books. There was a certain richness and depth that was severely lacking. Rather than feeling utterly satisfied and replete, I was left with a weird aftertaste.

  • Bonnie
    2019-07-10 16:39

    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 captured his heart, but her Saxon birth makes her distrustful of the Scot. Will Abrielle ever be able to trust Raven, and will she ever be able to pursue the romance between the two of them that burns so brightly??

  • Roxanne
    2019-07-01 19:50

    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, a typical woman may have simply given up or receded instead of simply continuing to say "but he didn't...".Overall though, was a good read. I would read it again, but it isn't a book I'd read more than once.

  • Joy
    2019-06-22 16:50

    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 horse alongside the most gallant and handsome knight with the best of all of the characters she wrote about in her many novels! Rest in peace, Kathleene!

  • Heather in FL
    2019-06-26 16:35

    This was a nice historical romance. This is one of those books where I really wish people would just ask questions instead of jumping to wrong conclusions, but then I suppose we wouldn't have as much of a story, lol. Of course there was an HEA, so it's all good in the end. Compared to other historicals, this one just wasn't as good, but it was still enjoyable.

  • Beatrix
    2019-06-24 20:30

    :( Csalódás volt a többi könyvhöz képest. Semmi szenvedély, lapos cselekmény. Kár érte.

  • Nanci **Warning**IWasASailor⚓️MyMouthisDirty
    2019-06-24 19:38

    Not as good as her others. I felt she tried to make it more than what it was. I was bored.

  • Louize
    2019-07-07 15:50

    And so, this is goodbye. ❤

  • Sarah Spelbring
    2019-07-03 20:50

    It has been awhile since I even touched a romance novel, but I couldn't resist. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss quickly became one of my favorite romance authors years ago when I was in my romance phase. I'm still drawn to her books and after reading this one have considered going back and rereading some others. Woodiwiss redefined the historical romance genre, and every single book of hers I've read has become and instant favorite. This one is no different, and I ate it up very quickly. It's hard to put down any of her books. I will say that for awhile I thought a couple details were glossed over or forgotten but the author picked them back up later, to which I was relieved. I hate when details are mentioned and then never referred to again. In the end, the guys get the girls, some of them are pregnant, and everybody lives happily ever after. Such is the bumpy road of romance novels.

  • Kayla Graybill
    2019-07-04 12:39

    I didn't log much about this book and I apologize for that. However, it was an amazing read. The history of how marriage and courtship looked like back then is breathtakingly told. The role of men and women are same and yet totally different in so many ways. It is not only a romance but a story of a fretting girl with a worried mother and protective step father who only want her to be happy. It is a story of determination and getting what you want. It is a story sacrificing for another's happiness. It is a story of frustration. It's an amazing tale told by Woodwiss with amazing skill The use of amazing diction and painting pictures so vividly with only words on a page makes it all the more lovely of a read. I truly enjoyed this book.

  • Juliewheatcox.Net
    2019-07-03 17:44

    If the whole book had been as good as the last few chapters, I would have rated this book higher for sure.Kathleen Woodiwiss was the first author to make me fall in love with historical romance, so it pains me to rate this book so low. The romantic angst just went on for far too long. It was actually getting tedious. It just made me want to shake Abrielle. Geez.And the kidnapping scenario made me want to roll my eyes. With so many antagonists in their midst, Abrielle should have been under heavy guard. Anyway, I don't regret reading the book, but it will not be added to my favorites list.

  • Lori
    2019-07-19 19:39

    The heroine of this book was one of the most irritating and unlikable that I have ever read. This book started off well, and then continued to get more and more ridiculous. I ended up skimming and skipping pages just to see how it ended. The other characters were more appealing but still lacking. I will try an earlier Woodiwiss book---I've read in these reviews that the earlier books are much, much better.

  • Debbie Deissler
    2019-07-15 12:41

    Oldie but goodie....historical romance set in London and then Scotland....

  • Lissa Adamson
    2019-07-15 13:26

    Found this book a bit frustrating... but finished it anyways - huzzah! onto the next adventure...

  • Susan Ward
    2019-06-25 19:49

    An enjoyable historical romance!

  • Johanna
    2019-07-14 14:32

    Everlastingby Kathleen E. WoodiwissGenre: Historical RomanceOnce 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 Marlé's offer of marriage . . . even as she yearns for another lover. Dashing, handsome, tall, and kind, Raven Seabern is quite unlike any man Abrielle has ever encountered. From the very first 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 she honor her promise. Still, the fire lit that night will not be doused. Raven knows he has found the true one and must never let her go—though secrets, deceptions, dishonor, and unimaginable peril will surely be their fate if they follow the dictates of their hearts.I was so hoping for another great Woodiwiss read similar to The Wolf & The Dove, but sadly I was let (way!) down. I couldn't warm up to any of the characters, they just came off as too distant to me. Much of the story didn't really need to be there as well and it seemed like a lot of fluff was added in to make a higher page count. The two protagonists also really didn't click for me and them finally being together didn't really add any excitement to the story. Abrielle, to me, wasn't a very likable character since she came off a too stubborn/fickle/prudish throughout much of the story and upon owning up to actually loving her husband; it was page 294 in a 326 page story.Mostly, the whole book dragged horrendously for me and I kept forcing myself to continue reading when all I really wanted to do was finish the story permanently. The writing style bothered me as well since each paragraph was devoted to a different character POV instead of chapters - thus I was lost with whom was speaking/thinking when. This random paragraph phrasing also happened with time lapses throughout the tale, which was very annoying since I found myself skipping some paragraphs due to a boring tale! I wouldn't have said I was happy to have finished overall, but I had "hope" that it would get better . . . silly me, since in the end I wasn't satisfied! Fellow readers: Don't Bother!Likes: Nothing much stood out to me and I found myself skipping whole paragraphs & pages at a time; because of that no character/chapter/event became very memorable or likable in the end.Dislikes: The whole romantic attraction/nuptials between young Cordelia & Cedric (an "elder more than twice" her age) really grossed me out!Words of Wisdom: "Twould now be a goodly jaunt to reach your home, but what is that distance between close friends?" (pg. 150)

  • Duchess
    2019-06-29 20:46

    3.5 starsit's been a long time since I last read medieval historical romance and I'm glad that I choose this book to stir my interest in this genre again. although Abrielle's cluelessness about Raven's feelings for her really gets me frustrated at times. All in all it was an entertaining read.