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The Windflower

by Laura London

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The classic tale of passion on the high seas, available in print for the first time in 20 years . . . Merry Wilding is a lady of breeding, of innocence, and of breathtaking beauty. With high hopes for a holiday in England, she sets sail from New York-but the tide of her life is destined to turn. Mistakenly swept aboard an infamous pirate ship, Merry finds herself at the mercy of a wicked crew . . . and one sinfully handsome pirate. Soon she's spending her days yearning for escape, and her nights learning the pleasures of captivity. Devon Crandall believes Merry is in league with his greatest enemy. He's determined to slowly urge her secrets from her. But along the way, he discovers her beautifully unbreakable spirit . . . and a desire unlike any he's ever known. She is hiding something from him, and yet, each day that passes brings her deeper into his heart. When fierce arguments give way to fiercer passion, can a pirate learn to love a woman? Or will true love be lost at sea?… (more)

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Summary

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 drawings. Merry agrees when her brother comes for a visit, to go to a tavern, posing as a pregnant woman in order to draw certain faces of men that her brother desperately needs. Upon arrival however, their plans go awry. When a band of pirates come into the tavern, she manages to sneak out but is caught by one of them, Devon Crandall. They share a passionate embrace, and then Devon leaves her to her devices and now its been months. Her aunt is determined to go back to her home in London, and Merry can't let her go alone, so she reluctantly agrees to accompany her aunt. However upon boarding, she is taken by ruffians and she is brought into the hands on none other than Devon and his band of pirates or (Privateers for the British she later learns). At first there is much suspicion surrounding Merry. In Devon's mind, she is somehow linked to his enemy. But he can't seem to figure out why or how. She seems to be too innocent to have been his leman or mistress. Merry attempts escape from the dangerous Devon, but she soon craves him, and the family she has gained while aboard their ship. His fellow pirates become close friends, but right when everything seems to be going smoothly for Merry and Devon, a mix of truths and lies come about pertaining to Merry, and Devon will have to decide if his love for her is enough....

The Hero

Devon Crandall, is a privateer but many would assume he is a pirate. Devon however, is the last man on earth you would expect to be a lord of the Ton. He was raised to be a Duke. But he fights for his country, and his half brother Rand Morgan who is the captain for the Black Joke. Devon and Rand, are brothers but were never able to be raised together. But now they work together and fight together. Devon is a hero you crave more of and I can't honestly say I have read a hero like Devon. Devon is very mysterious for a major part of the book and that quality is what makes his character so intriguing. He definitely has some hidden depths that are slowly revealed with each chapter or so. He seems like a dangerous and sexy pirate at the beginning, but by the end....he is the type of man a woman would want to marry. He is honorable and loyal, dedicated and affectionate. He is charming of course, but he also is genuine too.

The Heroine

Merry Wilding, is a heroine I felt like I could be friends with. She is outspoken and independent and very opioniated. She is also a bit dramatic at times, but I believe that is what makes her such a good match for our Devon here. She isn't shy or reserved, although you do think that about her in the beginning. She does portray those qualities in certain moments. But she can also be high strung (probably due to her overactive imagination and being raised by a highly dramatic aunt). What I liked about her, was her spirit. She is a fighter, and even though she is starting to enjoy the friends she is making on the Black Joke, she wants to return home. And keeps trying to escape. It always seemed so funny to me, because the moments she attempts, well they aren't successful and not planned out at ALL!! They are the spur of the moment. But Merry is not a planner really...she tends to convey a more spontaneous nature that I found very contagious.

Plot and Story Line

I had heard about Laura London, a couple writing team years ago but never picked them up. And after reading Windflower, I am wondering how I could be so idiotic as to delay reading this book for so long. I was browsing through audible, when I saw this book pop up. One of the thing I noticed was that it was a longer book (which I go for, its seems worth my credit to get a book that is over 15 hours long). So I immediately started listening to this book and with each hour I grew more and more hooked on this spell binding story that captivated me.

First off, I love love LOVE pirate themed romances. They are so enchanting and full of passion and adventure and its definitely different from the typical regency romances that are so popular. But this story, won me over from the beginning. At first, I had no idea where this author was heading with this story. They really made me curious about the plot line, and it seemed to be very engaging. There were so many wonderful aspects of this story that made this book a spectacular adventure for me.

I want to talk about the secondary characters first. Now there were quite a few that I loved but I want to mention them. The brother, he was fun. He is a patriot and a fighter and loves his sister. He is very protective of her, and even though we only see him in the beginning and the end of the story, we see how devoted he is to family and country. We also see how much Merry adores him and the lengths she goes to protect him. Then we have the Aunt, now she was a riot. I loved her to death probably because she was so outspoken and passionate about her standing on England. She loved everything about England, and I love how she is so accepting of certain people you wouldn't expect. Then we have the crew of the Black Joke. Now they rocked and I am endeared to them forever. We first have Rand Morgan...now at first I didn't know what to make of his character. But I really wish he had a story. Rand is dangerous, a pirate and has a weakness for children. Rand is a bit of a matchmaker for Merry and Devon. But you don't see that at first....it isn't until the end you realize his machinations were for a greater purpose. But he tends to be a bit of a romantic. Then we have Cat or Kat (Not sure how his name is spelled since I was on Audio format). But he is captivated by Merry. He takes care of her needs, protects her and befriends her. But there isn't any desire or anything between them. Its more of a fast friendship that forms. Then we have Raven. Now he is my favorite. The narrator did a great job in his character. He is barely a man, pretty young kid we have here, but experienced. He also forms a strong bond with Merry, but we see the lengths he will go to in order to protect and defend her. He was very amusing and outrageous and extremely fun to know in this story.

Now for our stars of the show....Devon and Merry were such a wonderful pair and they complimented each other quite well. I think what I found most intriguing about them, was seeing their journey. From a bumpy road to smooth sailing when they learn the matter of trust. Now despite appearances....this is a pretty tame story in the physical intimacy department. It shocked me, because I was expecting some bed scenes happening way sooner than they did. But in a way I was so glad to see a couple where they don't immediately jump into bed together once they figure out they have great chemistry.

It’s at your most lunatic moments that I can resist you least

Their relationship is built more on building affection and trust before they can get to the "whipped cream" of the relationship. I like how Devon takes things slow with Merry, even though he realizes how much he loves her early on in the story, he doesn't act on it. The moments between these two are beautifully woven into a captivating story of adventure on the high seas from the shores of the Colonies to the city of London.

The Cover

What a beautiful cover....I love the island like theme to the cover with the sunset beaming between the almost kiss. I love the added accent of a flower in the heroine's hair....and man I love the scuff on our hero.

Overall View

The Windflower is a breathtaking romance that will be heartfelt and utterly captivating from page one!! You won't be able to resist the sensuality, the in depth characters or a memorable romance that will make you crave to be a part of it!! SENSATIONAL ( )
  addictofromance | Mar 23, 2019 |
The Windflower is a historical romance novel by Laura London (pseudonym of Tom and Sharon Curtis).

Plot:
Merry gets kidnapped by pirates and subsequently suffers from Stockholm Syndrome. Devon is a hot, rich pretend-pirate with a good heart(TM). He thinks that Merry is a spy and decides to seduce the information out of her. But maybe in the end, he’s the one getting seduced…

I read this one because it was recommended by Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for the banter between the two main characters. Plus Pirates! But I was sorely disappointed. Instead of being lighthearted fun, I had to explode from rage every two pages.

Read more about the book at my blog: http://kalafudra.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/the-windflower-laura-london/ ( )
  kalafudra | May 3, 2010 |
I picked this up because I’ve heard from multiple people I generally trust, that this was the BEST HISTORICAL ROMANCE EVAR!!!! And, seriously, on the surface, you can understand why - it’s got pirates, the Second American Revolution, spying, being marooned on random Caribbean islands, characters near death, and more man titty than you can shake a stick at. So why did I keep wishing the book wasn’t so darn long?

Maybe I haven’t read enough of these 1980s historicals, but I couldn’t figure out why this is such a stunning example of it. Plus, it was a giant list of my pet peeves - a heroine who is so darn innocent and sweet that even dastardly pirates can’t help loving her (and who cries at the drop of a hat), the alpha hero who demands to know all the heroine’s secrets but won’t share any of his own, the eeeevil pirate who decides to be a match maker (WTF?)…. And yet, even when I was questioning why I was reading this, I kept on reading. Did I really care for the characters? No, not really. But the prose was pretty fun at times - at one point, the heroine lists all of the needlework items she’s completed (8 bargello cushions! 4 whitework bedspreads!). When the book was witty, it was good. When it involved the heroine crying and moping over her conflicted feelings for her captor, it made me roll my eyes.

Enjoyable for what it is, but I really don’t think it’s stood the test of time. ( )
  lalawe | Oct 2, 2008 |
Many writers and readers consider Laura London (the pen name of Sharon and Tom Curtis) the finest historical romance writer who ever stopped publishing too soon. This book is why.

The Windflower is probably one of the greatest historical romances ever written, period. Nothing matches it for creativity, story or characterization. I simply loved it from the first time I read it and had carted my copy around the world with me since 1984 so I'd always have it with me. I have reread this book more than any other I own, except for maybe the Bible.

It won't be to everyone's taste, but if you read it and appreciate the talent and magic that went into the writing of it, it will spoil you for every other historical romance out there. ( )
2 vote skelly | Nov 26, 2006 |
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Dedicated fondly to Vivien Lee Jennings and also to our daughter Summer, dearly loved, friend of Cat
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Merry Patricia Wilding was sitting on a cobblestone wall, sketching three rutabagas and day dreaming about the unicorn.
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The classic tale of passion on the high seas, available in print for the first time in 20 years . . . Merry Wilding is a lady of breeding, of innocence, and of breathtaking beauty. With high hopes for a holiday in England, she sets sail from New York-but the tide of her life is destined to turn. Mistakenly swept aboard an infamous pirate ship, Merry finds herself at the mercy of a wicked crew . . . and one sinfully handsome pirate. Soon she's spending her days yearning for escape, and her nights learning the pleasures of captivity. Devon Crandall believes Merry is in league with his greatest enemy. He's determined to slowly urge her secrets from her. But along the way, he discovers her beautifully unbreakable spirit . . . and a desire unlike any he's ever known. She is hiding something from him, and yet, each day that passes brings her deeper into his heart. When fierce arguments give way to fiercer passion, can a pirate learn to love a woman? Or will true love be lost at sea?

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