The Elusive Flame, Paperback

The Elusive Flame Paperback

Part of the Birmingham Family series

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Cerynise Kendall's beloved elderly sponsor dies unexpectedly, leaving Cerynise to deal with the woman's heir, Alistair Winthrop.

As much as she dislikes Alistair - a difficult man to say the least - even Cerynise hadn't expected him to evict her from her home, which he does without a second thought.

Cerynise makes her way to the London docks and finds that fortune has smiled upon her, for a ship captained by a childhood friend, Beau Birmingham, is in port.

Beau remembers Cerynise very well and is determined to return her to her uncle's home in the Carolinas.But when Alistair appears and demands that Cerynise be turned over to him as his ward, Beau swiftly arranges a wedding and the two enter into an agreed marriage of convenience.

Beau is well aware that he's committed himself to several months of torture, for he wants the lovely Cerynise with a driving passion that threatens to consume him.

For Cerynise, the pretend marriage is both heaven and hell.

Though she desperately loves Beau, she's sure that his love of the sea leaves no room for a real marriage. Upon reaching Charleston, both Beau and Cerynise believe that they've left trouble far behind, but Alistair is not yet finished with this unsuspecting young woman who stands between him and a fortune.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical romance
  • ISBN: 9780380807864



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This story of a woman thrown out of the house she was living in and finding salvation in the arms of a sea-captain is entertaining but pretty sluggish. Could have done with some serious editing to make it flow better and without some of the repeated explination of plot points. The only thing that really saves it are the main characters, Cerynis Kendall and Beauregard Birmingham are great fun and very much in love.Readable but nothing I'd run out to collect.

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