Ashes In The Wind by Kathleen E Woodiwiss
A woman burdened by the horrors of war, flees her devastated homeland disguised as a young boy, only to find unexpected refuge in the arms of her enemy. Alaina MacGaren, hiding her true identity, seeks solace from the chaos in the embrace of Cole Latimer, a noble Yankee doctor dedicated to the Union cause.
Unbeknownst to Cole, the ravaged “lad” he aids is no ordinary boy, but a captivating rebel spy. Alaina’s disguise is swiftly unraveled, kindling a forbidden love that blossoms amidst the turmoil. Duty clashes with desire as Cole grapples with his loyalty to his country and his overpowering affection for the alluring woman who defies convention.
Though their love is deemed treacherous, their bond cannot be broken. United by destiny, Alaina and Cole must navigate the treacherous waters of war, willing to risk everything for a chance at a future together. From the ashes of destruction rises the possibility of a radiant new life as they forge their path towards a shared future.
In this gripping tale of love and betrayal, Kathleen Woodiwiss weaves an unforgettable saga of passion and honor amidst the backdrop of a world torn apart. Join Alaina and Cole as they embark on a journey filled with resilience, courage, and the tantalizing allure of forbidden love.
Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss: A Historical Romance Review
Today, I want to discuss an underrated book that has captured my heart – “Ashes in the Wind” by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Set during the Civil War in 1863, the story begins in New Orleans with the protagonist, Elena McGarren, who has suffered significant losses due to the war.
Elena disguises herself as a boy to reach her relatives, which leads to an unexpected encounter with Dr. Cole Latimer, a Yankee from Minnesota. The chemistry between them is palpable, and their relationship develops throughout the book.
I don’t want to give away any plot details because I believe in allowing readers to discover the story for themselves. However, I can assure you that it is a captivating read.
With 564 pages, this book may seem lengthy, but Woodiwiss skillfully weaves in rich backstories and thorough research. Her writing not only entertains but also educates readers, challenging the misconception that romance novels lack substance.
Unfortunately, Woodiwiss passed away in 2007, leaving behind a treasure trove of beloved books. “Ashes in the Wind” holds a special place in my heart, and I am saddened by the absence of a sequel. Nevertheless, the magic of reading lies in our imagination, and I envision a continuation for one of the characters – Elena’s brother, Jason.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to read “Ashes in the Wind,” I highly recommend it. You may have already read it and cherished it like I have. If that is the case, I encourage you to revisit it and allow its timeless charm to captivate you once again.
Lastly, I must mention the beautiful cover of my copy of the book. Though each edition may have a different design, mine perfectly captures the essence of the characters as I envisioned them in my mind while reading.
“Ashes in the Wind” is a remarkable book. Despite its age, dating back to 1979, it continues to leave a lasting impression. So, if you haven’t already, go find a copy and immerse yourself in this captivating tale. Until next time, happy reading!