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Ashes in the Wind (The Ashes) [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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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.


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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.

About the Author

(1939 - 2007) Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, creator of the modern historical romance, died July 6, 2007 in Minnesota. She had just turned 68. Her attorney, William Messerlie, said that she died after a long illness.

Born on June 3, 1939 in Alexandria, Louisiana, Mrs. Woodiwiss was the youngest of eight siblings. She long relished creating original narratives, and by age six was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep. At age 16, she met U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Woodiwiss at a dance, and they married the following year. She wrote her first book in longhand while living at a military outpost in Japan.

Woodiwiss is credited with the invention of the modern historical romance novel: in 1972, she released The Flame and the Flower, an instant New York Times bestseller, creating literary precedent. The Flame and the Flower revolutionized mainstream publishing, featuring an epic historical romance with a strong heroine and impassioned sex scenes. "Kathleeen E. Woodiwiss is the founding mother of the historical romance genre," says Carrie Feron, vice president/editorial director of William Morrow and Avon Books, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers. Feron, who has been Woodiwiss's editor for 13 years, continues, "Avon Books is proud to have been Kathleen's sole publishing partner for her paperbacks and hardcover novels for more than three decades." Avon Books, a leader in the historical romance genre to this day, remains Mrs. Woodiwiss's original and only paperback publisher; William Morrow, Avon's sister company, publishes Mrs. Woodiwiss's hardcovers.

The Flame and the Flower was rejected by agents and hardcover publishers, who deemed it as "too long" at 600 pages. Rather than follow the advice of the rejection letters and rewrite the novel, Mrs. Woodiwiss instead submitted it to paperback publishers. The first publisher on her list, Avon, quickly purchased the novel and arranged an initial 500,000 print run. The novel sold over 2.3 million copies in its first four years of publication.

The success of this novel 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. The romance novels which followed in her example featured longer plots, more controversial situations and characters, and more intimate and steamy sex scenes.

"Her words engendered an incredible passion among readers," notes Feron. Bestselling author Julia Quinn agrees, saying, "Woodiwiss made women want to read. She gave them an alternative to Westerns and hard-boiled police procedurals. When I was growing up, I saw my mother and grandmother reading and enjoying romances, and when I was old enough to read them myself, I felt as if I had been admitted into a special sisterhood of reading women."

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a leading voice in the women's fiction arena, says, "We all owe our careers to her. She opened the world of romance to us as readers. She created a career for us to go into."

The pioneering author has written 13 novels over the course of 35 years, all New York Times bestsellers. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's final literary work, the upcoming Everlasing, will be published by William Morrow in October 2007. "Everlasting is Kathleen's final gift to her fans," notes Feron.

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, who was predeceased by her husband and son Dorren, is survived by sons Sean and Heath, and numerous grandchildren.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1978 KB
  • Print Length: 672 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380769840
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (17 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC10OI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry - not impressed. 15 Feb. 2009
By KMacg
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I took a chance on the reviews that this book received by others, but if this is KEW's finest, then I dread to see what her other books are like! The story was long and eventful and that is the only reason I didn't cast the book aside in disgust. Cole's character seemed promising in the first part of the book, and Alaina as Al was much better as a character than Alaina, the lady was in the second book. I cringed with the number of times the characters behaved like such drama queens that I nearly put the book down. Some scenes and especially the way the characters spoke just did not seem right. KEW used words like "nattily" etc that reminded me of the jargon used in Georgette Heyer's novels. In fact, the way Cole spoke sometimes, just didn't fit the Civil War scenario, but fit more in a regency setting. This book was too jumbled up for me - definitely won't be keeping this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing 22 Dec. 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a lovely book but I have rated it as 4 star rather than 5, here's why.

The book is set during the American civil war between the North (The unions or Yankees) and the south (The confederates)and is about an orphaned 17 year old Alaina MacGaren who adopts various disguises having been wrongly accused of being a spy and a murderess, (by both the Union and the Confederate armies) and Captain Cole Latimer, surgeon in the union army. Alaina or 'Al' arrives in New Orleans to stay with her uncle and his family. Fate throws her into the path of Captain Latimer. From there on they develope a hate/love relationship.

I don't usually read american historicals, especially those based around the civil war but this was very engrossing and I found it difficult to put the book down during the first half of it. But soon after,once the war finished, Alaina's disguise was revealed and she ends up marrying cole, the book took a turn for the boring with endless, fruitless verbal fights between husband and wife. I thought there was no end in sight. If i was to divide the book in 5/5ths, than probably the 3rd and 4th fifths of the book was devoted to a boring interlude before the story and intrigue picks up again. Having said that, i would still recommend this book, its a good read and I ended up buying more of this author's books having read other people's reviews about them.

So go for it. At the end of the day it up to the individual's opinion about what is good or not. I don;t like docile heroes and whilst Cole was not docile, he could have been a bit more forceful because Alaina needed it sometimes, especially during the early days of their marriage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Good! 14 Feb. 2008
Format:Paperback
Like so many, this was the 1st romance novel I have ever read, and the only one I can remember the entire plot of and the character's names! I found it in a holiday cottage on the Scilly Isles when I was 12 and took it home with me.....

Simply the best, or at least the most entertaining romance. And I have been in love with Cole a little bit since the 1st reading. My book has fallen to bits, but I don't want to replace it!

Actually, I think that I'll start it again tonight.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted already 22 Mar. 2001
Format:Paperback
I've read the first 100 pages of this book and from the first chapter was adicted. the first book i read was the elusive flame which instantly had me addicted. i read it whilst on holiday and i loved it so much but left it behind when i returned home. at home i search the book shops for it but coudn't remember the authors name. eventually i found it on amazon and proceeded to buy every single one of Woodiwiss' books. i've read nearly all of them so far and Ashes seems to be one of her best ones. the dialogue and story line is so much better than some of her other ones, much more exciting and riveting and i love reading this book. some of her others such as Petals on the River and So Worthy My Love was boring to read at times, and the story was predictable and not real like other books such as Shanna or Ashes, the elusive flame or Wolf and the Dove. the characters in this book however, already are alive and as someone else says they really do sparkle. Well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! 12 Dec. 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Kathleen Woodiwiss has outdone herself! This book was so full of adventure, history, love, suspense, etc... When I began to read this book, I couldn't put it down! I ended up staying awake all night reading it to the end! I just couldn't put it down. I love Katheleen E. Woodiwiss! She has written the best Romantic novels that I have ever read. I have read all of her books. I have reccommended her books to all my friends who also enjoy her books as much as I. When are you going to publish another book Ms Woodiwiss? Karen Collins
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a story you can get lost in 25 Oct. 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
i read this book many years ago. it is rare that i will read a book over but i enjoyed it more the second time. i fancy books from the civil war and found the historical detail one of its enjoyable components the other was the characters of al and cole.i was left wanting to know more and hoped the author would carry on with the children of cole and al especially mindy. this book has become one i use to measure the enjoyment i receive with other historical romance novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My second favorite Woodiwiss novel! 16 Feb. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have read and reread this book several times and I never tire of it. Ms. Woodiwiss brings the reader so completely into this story that you forget about all else. I love how the poetry introduces each section of the story. The romance and mystery are so well blended that the reader has a hard time guessing what will happen next. I recommend this book to anyone who loves or romance or has never read such a novel before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Kathleen Woodwiss's best.
I read this years ago and it enjoyed it then. Lovely to have on Kindle as I can re read it whenever. It is still a good story.
Published 2 months ago by HHerring
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good holiday read
Published 3 months ago by Mrs M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another romantic/history written so beautifully.
Published 3 months ago by Maureen Whelehan
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read
Brilliant book. First read in paperback years ago liked it then as now. Well written and involving with a good flow.
Published 5 months ago by Angela Barker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
nice easy reading.
Published 5 months ago by lesfarrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read this years ago and still as good as any written today.
Published 5 months ago by ATF45
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 8 months ago by Valerie Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars KEW will always be the grandmother of bodice-ripping historical...
KEW will always be the grandmother of bodice-ripping historical romance and therefore one of the best at it. This isn't one of her best, but also not one of her worst.
Published 9 months ago by EMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read as always from the author.
Published 11 months ago by Jade Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Kathleen E Woodiwiss
Just so enjoy these books. Kathleen writes a great romance with a good plot. None are too taxing. Just can't put her books down.
Published 16 months ago by Dee George
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