Ashes in the Wind Author: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 Yanke... more »e 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.« less
I began reading Kathleen Woodiwiss in 1977. This book, "Ashes in the Wind" is my #1 all-time favorite book and I have rea 1,000s. The historicals references in this book were descriptive and informative, but the love between Cole and Alaina is touching, especially as you read about the struggles they go through to come together. A classic story that will last for all time.
Ashes in the Wind is one of the earliest Civil War romances, and as a thirty year old novel it does not have the same snappy dialog and page-turning plots that newer titles have. However, the characters are survivors who fight for their dreams and love in spite of past pain. For the age of the novel, the plot is intricate and complex.