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Wolf and the Dove [Paperback]

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
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April 15 1976 Troubadour Books
The Wolf

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.

The Dove

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.

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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.


“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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was incredible from start to finish! March 20 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read AA++ March 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Love Story - On of KEW's Best May 31 2002
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Loved this story. Wulfgar is so strong and passionate and Aislinn is so strong, but also beautiful and kind that she is the perfect one to capture his heart.
Published 5 months ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Not dated at all. Solid strong female lead, strong not-overpowering male lead.
Worth the money. Absolutely Recommend it. Easy amend fast read.
Published 16 months ago by Sherry Jain
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling! The worst medieval romance I have ever read
I hadn't even planned on writing a review of this book, but after looking at all the glowing reviews along with so many things that I see that are wrong with this story, I feel the... Read more
Published on April 24 2008 by Misfit
5.0 out of 5 stars My Heart Melts!
I have read The Wolf and the Dove so many times, I can't even keep track of the number! Everytime I read it, my heart just melts as the drama unfolds for Aislinn. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2005 by Randi
3.0 out of 5 stars long winded
Enjoyed the story very much, but pages dragged on that could have been summed-up in paragraphs. I'd like to try this author again, have another of her books in my to-be-read pile,... Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by nitpick
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best I have ever read.
This book I believe is one of the best that's if you like love. I read this book and I fell in love with it. It's a story of getting over but not forgetting the past and going on. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Sheena B.
5.0 out of 5 stars KW always writes ten star books!!!!
This book is no exception! KW is truly a gifted writer and I know that when I sit down to read one of her books, I am not getting up until it is finished. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Kristal Gorman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wolf and The Dove
This is the best historical romance I've ever read. The cover is worn bare because I keep reading it over and over. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by Lee C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ye Olde Romance, with one problem...
Past the now-stereotypical Alpha Male and fiesty female who nonetheless is too scared to speak up when it's actually important, allowing Big Misunderstandings to fester... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Strength & Spirit Unite!
This is one of my all time favorite books. Kathleen Woodiwiss brought me back in time to this wonderful dark time. Oh all the hero's and fictional men I have read about. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2003 by texastoone
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