Ashes in the Wind
by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
A woman burdened by war . . . A doctor torn between passion and duty . . . A sweeping tale of love in the face of dishonor from the incomparable storyteller—Kathleen Woodiwiss.
Alaina MacGaren is forced to flee the devastation of her homeland in the guise of a young boy, only to find sanctuary in the arms of an enemy. Cole Latimer is a dashing Yankee surgeon who has served the Union faithfully, and his tender heart compels him to help a ragged, innocent "lad" in need—never suspecting the rags conceal a bewitching belle suspected of being a rebel spy.
But Alaina's masquerade does not fool Cole for long. And the strength, courage, and breathtaking sensuality of this woman whom it would be treasonous to love sets duty and desire at war within him. Yet Destiny has joined them for good or ill--and they both must follow where their hearts would lead them, if they are to build a glorious new life together out of the ashes of the old.
A Reader's Opinion
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is, to this day, my favorite historical romance author. There are others who I truly enjoy, but she tops the list.
Woodiwiss is such an outstanding storyteller that it should come as no surprise that I found her Civil War era story just as remarkable as all her others. Divided into two parts, this one is quite a bit longer and worth the extra time. There is a bit more description than I normally like to read, however the author does a remarkable job in portraying an aspect of life during the war and her protagonists are equally delightful and maddening. Once in a while I'll skip over to the second part since I've read this book multiple times, but I've lost count on how many times I've enjoyed reading this story. Endearing characters and a storyline that will pull you in, Woodiwiss is, without a doubt, an incomparable storyteller in historical romance. I never tire of reading her books.
Woodiwiss is one of the few authors I've read who manages to seamlessly intertwine sensual scenes into a story and make it seem like a natural addition.
Book Source: Reader's personal library
Edition Read: Mass Market Paperback (672 pages)
Reviewed By: MK McClintock