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  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Futura Publications; New edition edition (April 15 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860073254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860073253
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,724,471 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 phenomenon.” -- New York Times

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

” A legend.” -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on March 20 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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By Tara A. Green on May 16 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The land and people of Darkenwald fall to the hands of knights who take everything in their path in the name of William, the Conqueror King.
First on the scene is the brutal Ragnor who victimizes the people and claims the Lady Aislinn for his own. Wulfgar "the Iron Wolf of Normandy" arrives and lays claim to Darkenwald and strips Ragnor of his "prize".
As the beautiful Aislinn adjusts to her life as a slave, she finds herself falling in love with her enslaver. He's sworn to love no woman, but also finds himself entranced by Aislinn who is both beautiful and strong. He fights this, even trying to bed other women to no avail.
Known as a bastard, Wulfgar's right to Darkenwald is challenged in the hearts and minds of Ragnor and his followers. When King William sets up a tournament of sorts, where the victor may lay claim to Darkenwald and Aislinn, the fight becomes bloody as the two men wage battle to win the ultimate prize.
As Wulfgar claims his prize, his sister Gwyneth and her father arrive, and ask for shelter. Aislinn's very clothes are stripped from her as Gwyneth falls jealous to Aislinn's role at the Castle. As another twist, Ragnor and Gwyneth develop a relationship that will lead to darkness and despair.
To further complicate matters, Aislinn finds she is to have a child. The question is, who is the father...?
THE WOLF AND THE DOVE is a journey to England, where you can hear the horses galloping as knights ride to battle, where a woman was lucky to not die when conquered, and when the love of a woman breaks into the cold realm of a man hardened by battle. The passion between Aislinn and Wulfgar is brilliantly written, and the 508 page story will not seem long enough!
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My mum gave me this book about 5 years ago, it was well read at that stage and like an earlier reviewer my copy has finally fallen apart. I so enjoyed this story. I think that Aislinn's character was portrayed as very courageous and very wise; believing that in the year 1066 women had no voice or choice - unless allowed by their men - I feel that she managed her self with humbled pride and dignity. Unlike previous reviewers who saw her character give into the Normans without enough consideration of her parents plight, I feel that she wore her grief but did not give into it; she thought not only of herself or her mother but also for her estate people. Shes a good girl.
As for the hero of the story, he was prideful, powerful and in his own way peaceful. He wanted the same things as Aislinn, he just had to work at winning her favour to achieve it - considering all the hurtful things that his men inflicted on her family and life - hard task.
Definitely read this story again at some stage when I get my hands on another copy.
Hope my review is helpful.
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By A Customer on May 31 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Shanna was the first of KEW's books I had ever read and that led me to read all of her others. The Wolf and the Dove is definitely on my list of fave romances (along with "Shanna", "Ashes in the Wind", "Flame & Flower").
Of all of KEW's male characters, Wulfgar is unique. He is initially domineering, almost cruel and unsympathetic, but that facade, resulting from a hard life, hides a very sweet vulnerable man that has had very little experience with love or any other tender feeling. He along with Ruark from "Shanna" and Cole from "Ashes" are my fave KEW men.
From the very beginning Wulfgar's relationship with Aislinn is different from any other he's ever had with a woman. He's a man who claims to hate women, to only use them, to never spend money on them or care for them. Yet from the first, he treats her differently. He doesn't demand that she immediately share his bed, he protects her from his men, he buys her material to make a new gown, and eventually even fights for her (against the dastardly Ragnor). She slowly worms her way into his reluctant heart.
Aislinn is also a bit unique for a KEW heroine. She's not the haughty, spoiled type like a Shanna nor an almost doormat like Heather in "Flame". She is very strong, with a sense of responsibility to her people who have been conquered by Wulfgar's forces. Much of what she fights for is not for herself, but for her people. She is also perceptive enough to see that Wulfgar is not your typical conquerer. He's fair minded and wants to bring peace back to Darkenwald. She falls for him over time after observing that he isn't what he professes to be.
I love this book. I first read it years ago, have read it many times since, and re-read it again just recently. I still was delighted by it. See if you don't agree.
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