The Wolf and the Dove

The Wolf and the Dove

by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss


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For the first time ever, mighty Wulfgar has been vanquished—and by a bold and beautiful princess of Saxon blood. He must have the chaste, sensuous enchantress who is sworn to his destruction. And he will risk life itself to nurture with tender passion a glorious union born in the blistering heat of hatred and war.

Noble Aislinn grieves as the Iron Wolf and his minions storm through her beloved Darkenwald. And she burns with malice for the handsome Norman savage who would enslave her. . .even as she aches to know the rapture of the conqueror's kiss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688125042
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/1995
Pages: 508
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.55(d)

About the Author

(1939 - 2007) Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, creator of the modern historical romance, died July 6, 2007 in Minnesota. She had just turned 68. Her attorney, William Messerlie, said that she died after a long illness.

Born on June 3, 1939 in Alexandria, Louisiana, Mrs. Woodiwiss was the youngest of eight siblings. She long relished creating original narratives, and by age six was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep. At age 16, she met U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Woodiwiss at a dance, and they married the following year. She wrote her first book in longhand while living at a military outpost in Japan.

Woodiwiss is credited with the invention of the modern historical romance novel: in 1972, she released The Flame and the Flower, an instant New York Times bestseller, creating literary precedent. The Flame and the Flower revolutionized mainstream publishing, featuring an epic historical romance with a strong heroine and impassioned sex scenes. "Kathleeen E. Woodiwiss is the founding mother of the historical romance genre," says Carrie Feron, vice president/editorial director of William Morrow and Avon Books, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers. Feron, who has been Woodiwiss's editor for 13 years, continues, "Avon Books is proud to have been Kathleen's sole publishing partner for her paperbacks and hardcover novels for more than three decades." Avon Books, a leader in the historical romance genre to this day, remains Mrs. Woodiwiss's original and only paperback publisher; William Morrow, Avon's sister company, publishes Mrs. Woodiwiss's hardcovers.

The Flame and the Flower was rejected by agents and hardcover publishers, who deemed it as "too long" at 600 pages. Rather than follow the advice of the rejection letters and rewrite the novel, Mrs. Woodiwiss instead submitted it to paperback publishers. The first publisher on her list, Avon, quickly purchased the novel and arranged an initial 500,000 print run. The novel sold over 2.3 million copies in its first four years of publication.

The success of this novel prompted a new style of writing romance, concentrating primarily on historical fiction tracking the monogamous relationship between a helpless heroines and the hero who rescued her, even if he had been the one to place her in danger. The romance novels which followed in her example featured longer plots, more controversial situations and characters, and more intimate and steamy sex scenes.

"Her words engendered an incredible passion among readers," notes Feron. Bestselling author Julia Quinn agrees, saying, "Woodiwiss made women want to read. She gave them an alternative to Westerns and hard-boiled police procedurals. When I was growing up, I saw my mother and grandmother reading and enjoying romances, and when I was old enough to read them myself, I felt as if I had been admitted into a special sisterhood of reading women."

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a leading voice in the women's fiction arena, says, "We all owe our careers to her. She opened the world of romance to us as readers. She created a career for us to go into."

The pioneering author has written 13 novels over the course of 35 years, all New York Times bestsellers. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's final literary work, the upcoming Everlasing, will be published by William Morrow in October 2007. "Everlasting is Kathleen's final gift to her fans," notes Feron.

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, who was predeceased by her husband and son Dorren, is survived by sons Sean and Heath, and numerous grandchildren.

Date of Birth:

June 3, 1939

Date of Death:

July 6, 2007

Place of Birth:

Alexandria, Louisiana

Place of Death:

Princeton, Minnesota

Read an Excerpt

With The Wolf and the Dove the tension-filled excitement continues as two age-old enemies, a Norman and a Saxon, discover that love is an even more exhilarating emotion than hate. And as the tumultuous pair find their equally turbulent path to each other's arms, passion and tenderness flares.

"For once, Wulfgar, my Norman knight," she breathed, her violet eyes glowing with the warmth. " 'Tis what the slave wills—"

She danced away as his hands fell from her and curtseyed prettily for him. Her eyes swept him from toe to head and knew his desires had not cooled.

"Mind your dress, lord. These days would chill even the stoutest of men."

Grabbing up a pelt she pulled it close about her and gave him a impishly wicked look. Turning on her heels with a low laugh, she went to the hearth, there to lay small logs upon the still-warm coals. She blew upon them but drew back in haste as the ashes flew up and sat back upon her heels rubbing her reddened eyes while Wulfgar' s amused chuckles filled the room. She made a face at his mirth and swung the kettle of water on its hook over the building heat as he cmssed to the warmth of the fire beside her and began to dress.

The water steamed and she went to where his sword and belt hung and there found his scabbard knife and returning with it, began to whet it on the stone of the fireplace. He raised his brow in wonder at her actions.

"My flesh is much more tender than yours, Wulfgar," she explained. "And if you would go about barefaced you should keep it so. The burr upon your chin does sorely chasten me and since I've seen this shaving done so well upon my people, I would think it not unseemly that You would allow me the single honor toreturn the favor."

Wulfgar glanced at her small dagger Iying atop her gunna, remem bering his thoughts of the day before. Was his death warranted now when he must go and fight her people? Should he tell her he was not one to waste lives needlessly? By Heavens, he would know the truth now. He nodded.

"Perhaps your hand is gentler than most, Aislinn,'' he replied. He took up a linen and dipped it into the kettle. Wringing it out, he shook the piece free to cool the steam and leaning back in a chair, laid it several folds across his face.

"Ah, Wulfgar, what a tempting pose you make,'' Aislinn quipped, considering him. "Would that it had been a moon ago that a Norman throat be laid bare before me—"

She rose and stood over him fingering the blade. Wulfgar removed the towel and their eyes met as he lifted a brow. Her mouth curved and she grinned devilishly, tossing her long hair with a shake of her head. Her tone became quite casual.

"Ah, but were I not so afraid of my next master the temptation might be far greater."

She slowly plied the well-honed blade along his cheeks until the same had lost their bristles and were again smooth. When she was done he rubbed a hand across his face, marveling at the fact she had not cut him once.

"A better manservant a knight could never have." He reached be neath the pelt and pulled her down onto his lap. His gaze burned deeply into hers as he murmured hoarsely, "Remember that you are mine, Aislinn, and I will not share you."

"Do you treasure me after all, m'lord?" she murmured softly, tracing her finger lightly over the scar on his cheek.

He did not answer her inquiry but said, "Remember.''

It was with a definite hunger he pulled her against him and kissed her, this time tasting the warmth and passion he knew her capable of.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first historical romance novel I read and I couldnt put it down! This book is why I started to read historical romance and I almost didnt read it because of reviews commenting about a rape scene which of course was common thing during that time period but something I didnt approve of. I started to read it and the rape scene that people were commenting about isnt what you think it is and people should read the whole book to see the plot play out because then they would know what really happened. All in all, this is one of my favorite historical romances and would recommend any Kathleen E. Woodiwiss books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was never really one to read and many years ago, a friend told me to read this book. I did and absolutely fell in love with this book and Katherine Woodwiss. I've read all of her books and this particular one and The Flame and The Flower are my favorite books ever. If it wasn't for this book, I probably wouldn't be reading anything more than a magazine! Thanks Katherine!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In 1975 I started my first Kathleen Woodwiss book and couldn't put it down.  I found myself visiting the bookstore regularly waiting for her next book Now almost forty years later I am purchasing all of them for my nook.  I have the hardcopies in storage still.  All of her books are definitely written to be read over and over again through the years. I highly recommend this author and she is missed dearly by this fan.
Geegat More than 1 year ago
Loved it again after 30+ years I read so many K.W. books in the 70's and decided to re-read since I got my eReader. This one took place in the 11th century so you received an understanding of life in those times. I loved the growing love story and the spirit and devotion of Aislinn as a strong willed woman. So glad I read this again, along with Shanna,A Rose in Winter, Ashes in the Wind, The Flame and the Flower. I loved them all.
SwissCakeRoll More than 1 year ago
I read this in high school and about halfway through my mom confiscated it! A few weeks later she returned it and let me finish it...saying she loved it! We have many catch phrases and jokes from the book and of all the 100s of romance books ive read, this is one i can honestly say i always remember the title and plot/characters.
CheapAndLazy More than 1 year ago
I had to reread it to see if I'd enjoy it as much now as I did then. I did, maybe even more. It has all of the historical details, full cast, conflicted emotions, sweeping romance and twisting plot any reader of this genre could possibly ask for. Yes, the heroine is "too" perfect and yes there is (very) dubious consent. If these issues for you, pass this one up. Myself, I know the difference between fantasy and reality and what I'm looking for in a romance. These characters and their stories are larger than life, as they should be. Thank you Kathleen and may you R.I.P.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read The Wolf and The Dove four times and each time I love it more and more. It is a timeless tale of the 1066 Norman conquest of England. Woodiwiss is a true to history and gives a realistic account of what life and death was like for the people of that time as the small fief of Darkenwald is laid to waste by the invading army and claimed in the name of the Duke of Normandy. The writing is wonderful, the characters well rounded. The stories of Aislinn and Wulfgar are believable. This is not your typical knight in shining armor story. I found myself drawn into there world...I laughed, I cried and in the end...well, you will just have to read this great book for yourself to find out. I HIGHLY recommend it. I promise you wont be sorry.
Judi Rowden More than 1 year ago
when i was a kid i hated to read,,bedridden, my sister gave me this book to read... i was hooked and this is still my fav book..after 30 years i still love to read it and i hope it enspires more people to love books the way it did me..u
jm33 More than 1 year ago
this is the first book I've read by this author and I thought it was a wonderful book. Can't wait to start another.
Steph_luvs_books More than 1 year ago
I love Kathleen Woodisiss' historical romances, I've read almost all of her books, but had been putting this one to the side for a while, unsure if it would capture my attention as her others have. I must say that as always her characters and storyline completely enraptured me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most wonderful books I have ever read! I am going to continue reading all of Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's books. I read this over a year ago and still catch myself thinking about it. I was in love with Wulfgar, and Aislinn is the kind of heroine I would want to be. I was only in the 9th grade when my Mimi got me to read The Flame and The Flower and I couldn't put it down. She read it when it had first came out so I don't think she knew what she had me reading, but there is no stopping me now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book I have re-read this book so many times. I love Wulfgar his character is strong and forceful and yet he's kind and Ainslin is another strong female character that holds her own against Wulfgar and the other Norman invaders and she doesn't feel sorry for herself and I like how she takes charge of the situation they are in. I don't agree with other reviews that they say there is too much rape references in this book, Ainslin doesn't get raped by Wulfgar or Ragnor and when Wulfgar makes love to Ainslin it was the point when she realised she loved him and she doesn't want to give herself willingly until he gives into love and commits to her and I love that about her. This book is one of the best book KW has written.
cgirl98 More than 1 year ago
This was one of the first real romance novels I have every read---and I did it when I was in the 5th grade(hope my mother does not see this). But yes, my mother's friend gave her a bunch of books that she did not know what to do with anymore(they belonged to her mother who just died). Knowing that I was a serious books worm, my mother passed them to me.

Amoung them was this book, which was so old you could crush the pages into dust jusy by touching them. But I started reading it and loved it! I loved Aslinn who was very strong and fought back against the people who hurt her family, and Wulfgur, what can I say, he was very facinating. I loved how the two characters slowly came together....despite thier rather rocky beginning(frankly...I would have hated Wulfgur for life if that were me...but this is fantasy afterall). I especially loved Wulfgur's warming up due to Aislinn's influence. Despite their fantastic was still enjoyable..and believeable.

While I was reading this book..I lost it some time, and I looked for it for years until HS, when I found it in a bag way in the back of my closet in worse shape than I got it(if that's imagineable). But I finally got a chance to read it all the way though..and I enjoyed it even more..since I was older and more able to appreciate it's contents. lol I loved this book..I can't say that enough. I highly reccomend it. The day I finally had to throw it away because it was turing into a pile of dust, was a sad day indead. Maybe I'll by the new release and read it again(the last 2 pages or so fell out the last time I was reading I kind of forgot the ending...I just made it up. LOL)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book probably 10 times in the last 10 years. I never get tired of it. It is an excellent book. I have to order a new one as my old book is losing pages and the cover tore off years ago.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a beautiful story. This is the best romance novel I have read so far. It leaves me with a wonderful feeling inside. I would encourage everyone to buy this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book many, many years ago and still keep fond memories of the characters. It's wonderful to see that it is still out there for the younger generations...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wolf and The Dove is much better than the average romance novel-it actually has a well-developed and intricate plot behind it. This book is perfect if you enjoy captivating language and a relatively realistic love story, but don't want to have to sit through NC-17 descriptions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like sass and spice in your romance, this is the book! Wulfgar and Aislinn are supposed to hate each other because of their heritage. However, they can't even though they desperately try to deny their feelings for one another. The story and the characters are wonderful and I did not put this book down until I was finished!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although not the best of Kathleen's books, this one certainly kept me entertained. Each character had their own personality that is different from everyone of her other characters. This is a good book to read on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first of any kind of romance novel that I've ever liked. I'm usually more keen to horror and other novels like that, but this was an awesome read, it's joined my shelf of 'favorite books'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You cant help but be brought to the past. As the story unfolds you learn to hate, love and forgive as of you were there. Its magical how the words come to life. Reading it is just like dreaming awake... see for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm in Highschool and I've read this book 2 times so far. It is my absolute favorite. It has the perfect combination of characters. A Knight who has sworn never to trust or love women. And a independent, fiery lady who on the inside is confused about how she yearns for his embrace, when she wants to protect her honor. This story gives you warmth inside with every page. Perfect combo of love, passion, and romance. You will always want to know, what is going to happen next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book as a teenager and recently reread it - twice in a week! Ms. Woodwiss is the queen of great historical romance: compelling characters, a rhythmic plot, and adventure. The tension, sexual and otherwise, between Aislinn and Wulfgar is well-balanced. Their love and intimacy grows without being vulgar. It is a worthy story! In my return to reading the romantic genre, The Wolf and the Dove, is one of only 2 books that I would give a 5 star rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was also my first Woodiwiss book- it is still my favorite of all. The tension and emotions between Wulfgar and Aislinn will leave you breathless! The villians will make you absolutely hate them. It is well written overall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great!! The outcome of the book was the BEST part. It was sad, but it had a happy ending in a completely unexpected way!! I love it!!