Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’ sweeping, page civil war romance ASHES IN THE WIND warmly engages readers. It’s incredible that a book. Ashes In The Wind By Kathleen E. Woodiwiss – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period. New Orleans, With her family dead Alaina MacGaren finds herself beseiged by a vile Union officer bent on seduction (when she refuses.

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It will not however, be a book that I will be re-reading any time soon. Give me a break.

Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss

To aind any ways. Okay so I read this book in Junoir High. The writing and settings were far superior than I’m used to from romance novelists. Dec 15, Rich Meyer rated it liked it Shelves: KEW’s plots and settings again reign supreme crafting a circumstance which has “Al” inexplicably save a drunk and unconscious Cole from the river one night. Three Huge, Terrible Misunderstandings and still three quarters to get through? You will feel you are living it and you will celebrate Alaina’s strength and intelligence.

You feel the aura of the Civil War around you as you read this book. Open Preview See a Problem? Jul 20, Andre rated it really liked it. Without the bodice-ripper, we would not have the more socially acceptable versions being written now.


Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss

She is credited with the invention of the modern historical romance novel: Though seventeen, she had masqueraded as a stripling lad beneath the very noses of the Yankees. At age 16, she met U. Alaina gave a last pat to the freshly made bed in the newly occupied room and sat down on it, facing Mindy.

The beginning, and most, of the story takes place in Louisiana especially New Orleansand ends in Minnesota. Okay, so you can see that was a HUGE peeve for me. Thank you, Blacky for reading this one with me. This was a reread after many, many years–and it held up to my memory. Could she never say anything nice to Cole?!?

View all 5 comments. It seemed like everything connected too neatly and the ending was a bit nonsensical. Okay I guess I am ready to write my review for this book. The similarities drop away after the southern setting and prewar life disappears I can honestly say, this is my most favorite book of all.

The success of The Flame and the Flower prompted a new style of writing romance, concentrating primarily on historical fiction tracking the monogamous relationship between a helpless heroines and the hero who rescued her, even if he had been the one to place her in danger. Disguised as a boy for her safety, year old Alaina MacGaren thinks to seek refuge in her uncle’s home in New Orleans.


My problems with the novel: The middle was horrible, I hated Alaina so much while reading this part. It seems from my own experience and others that the earlier books look at the dates are the best. She journeys to her Uncle’s home and along the way has an encounter with Cole Lattimer, the heroe of the story. She could just see his gaping grin above his broad brass-buttoned chest.

She is saved from them by a young Yankee surgeon, Captain Cole Latimer from Minnesota, a man of honor and great medical talent who is respectful of Southerners. The big age gap between hero and heroine, and the way it was depicted wasn’t to my liking Oddly enough, Ashes in the Wind wasn’t nearly as horrid as I thought it would be.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Her third son, Dorren, predeceased her.