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Ashes in the Wind

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  7,729 Ratings  ·  334 Reviews
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 Uni ...more
ebook, 672 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published September 1979)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

This one is tough for me to rate because there are some parts of this book I LOVED, and some I absolutely HATED!!

First I have to say that I really enjoy the author's writing style, it's so much different from the modern books that it's like in another universe. But that's OK cause it's still great.

What I didn't like here was the story, or how the author chose to develop it, and every major event that happened in the book.
Almost every potential good scene between the main characters was somehow
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
I originally read Ashes In The Wind back in 1979.
I remember the date because I had just come home from the hospital with my first born Michael, who finally tied the knot this month with his partner and has given me two beautiful granddaughters.
Since this was another special moment in time, I decided to pick this "keeper" I had given five stars to back up to see if time had changed with how I felt then..and now.
Truthfully, I cant remember any of it...is it a wonder between feeding's, diaper chang
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Cassandra Dexter Colby
Tengo que meditar la review para el blog... No me ha cautivado como "Una rosa en invierno", a pesar de que sería más creíble en varios aspectos. De todas formas, K. Woodiwiss es una gran escritora de romántica y sus historias no son meras excusas para contarte escenas picantonas. Menudos zarangollos se monta además de la trama romántica...

La reseña en el blog http://alacamaconunlibro.blogspot.com...
Glamdring
*Re-read*
*Buddy read with Blacky <3<3<3*


Over the last twenty years I read this book many times, this was my first time in English and it still is one of my all time favorites.

I just LOVE Al/Alaina & Cole. Al & Cole relationship is hilarious while Alaina & Cole together are beautiful, and most of all Al/Alaina & Cole relationship development throughout the book makes sense.

The first time I reached the 30 % mark or so I was devastated but then it makes sense in the conte
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Patrick
Feb 18, 2010 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first romance novel I ever read, and still the best. I all but gulped and breathed it in voraciously, reading while eating, getting up during the night to see what would happen next, only to end up reading all night long, and sighed with satisfaction and gratification, in the afterglow of the end. I read it all, in 3 days.
HÜLYA
Sep 15, 2012 HÜLYA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rüzgarla Savrulan Küller - Kathleen E.Woodıwiss

Bu roman hakkında ilk söyleyebileciğm şey kesinlikle kaçırılmaması gereken bir kitap...Yazarın en iyi kitaplarından olduğu şüphesiz..Yazdığı romanı tarihsel mekan ,karakterler,mizahı,cinselliği o kadar güzel harmanlamış ki yazar..Yapmamız gereken sanırım kitabın kapağını açıp okumaya başlamak..Alaine ile Cole'ın aşkı,tarihsel kurgu..Özellikle Alaine katlandığı zorluklar yaptığı fedakarlıkları yazar çok çarpıcı bir şekilde anlatmış..Rüzgar Gibi Geçti
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Carolyn F.
What a book! As I was reading it, parts started coming back to me and I used to read a lot of Woodiwiss in the early '80s so I must have read this book. The beginning was strange. The middle was horrible, I hated Alaina so much while reading this part. Could she never say anything nice to Cole?!? The last part of the novel was better and the ending was great.

Things that drove me crazy besides the above: Cole being rescued from the river - 2 times. Alaina literally running into Jacques - 4 times
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Karla
Jun 04, 2009 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ashes in the Wind" is set during the Civil War in the South and is about Alaina, a young Southern woman and a doctor who is a Union soldier. Alaina's life and home have been torn apart by the war and she is forced into disguising herself as a young boy "Al" to ward off unwanted attention and to work as a spy. This is a captivating saga that pulls you into the story and you will not want to put it down. You feel the aura of the Civil War around you as you read this book. Expect to experience a f ...more
Karla
Way too slow-paced. I like long setups, but the characters here didn't grab me to make the investment worthwhile. It went ok for about 250 pages and then became a long, boring slog until the last 50 pages or so, where the big reveal scene was so lopsidedly OTT WTF compared to the rather staid historical that came before it. Messy. I only was able to finish it by skimming.
Naksed
Three Huge, Terrible Misunderstandings and still three quarters to get through? Knowing that I am going to hear h shout "you Damn YANKEEE" a thousand more times then proceed to smear dirt on her face and hair in some sort of bizarro reverse Mrs. Doubtfire scheme? I can't even.
Keri
It is scary sometimes doing re-reads, because sometimes story lines don't hold up to the test of time. But of course with the great dame KEW writing the story how could it now??? AITW did hold up and I loved the Civil War love story today just as much as I did when I was 14!
Dani "The REAL Cullens_Girl since 2002"
Jul 16, 2010 Dani "The REAL Cullens_Girl since 2002" rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dani "The REAL Cullens_Girl since 2002" by: bodice ripper group
Okay I guess I am ready to write my review for this book. Reading it was definitely a labor of love for me. I feel as though now that I've read my first Woodiwiss novel I can officially label myself a fan of the bodice-ripper genre.

That said, never in all my years of reading have I encountered a heroine I wanted to slap more than Alaina "Al" MacGaren. Admittedly, one of my biggest pet peeves in a story is the whole "girl-in-pants" deal. I can't wrap my head around the idea of a woman passing of
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Regan Walker
Captivating Civil War Romance!

When Kathleen Woodiwiss did romance well, there was no one better--and such a novel is ASHES IN THE WIND. To my thinking, it's up there with her best (THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER, THE WOLF AND THE DOVE and SHANNA).

It is a compelling tale of a young Southern woman from Louisiana who loses everything in the Civil War. The Yankees take her family and her home and finally, even her identity. Disguised as a boy for her safety, 17-year old Alaina MacGaren thinks to seek refu
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Angigames
Jan 02, 2016 Angigames rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uno dei migliori libri della Woodiwiss che ho letto.
Bella la trama, caratterizzati molto bene i personaggi, azzeccate le scelte dell'autrice.
La storia è complessa e gestita molto bene, mi piace il modo di scrivere della Woodiwiss ma generalmente le sue scelte sono sempre un pò troppo sopra le righe. Non questa volta, l'autrice si prende tutto il tempo per intrecciare una trama affascinante e ben riuscita.
Alaina e Cole sono due personaggi veramente ben caratterizzati, mi sono piaciuti pure i lo
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Monica
Sep 10, 2010 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay so I read this book in Junoir High. Shyly and quietly because god forbide any of my friends find out that I was reading Romance!Oh the shame. Anyway it came in a box full of other books and I thought, well Ill just randomly pick one.
Then and there I fell in love with this book. It was such a fun book. It was exciting and totally new experience for me in reading. ( for fantasy is more my stlye)I recomend this book for people who really don't enjoy romances.Yes, it does follow some of the typ
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Claudia
I read this a long time ago but I really enjoyed it
Andre
Jul 20, 2015 Andre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5.
Neisha
Nov 10, 2011 Neisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
This book was the starting of my book reading obsession. I was young and was not interested in reading and my grandmother handed me this book. I was on holiday with my family and I was bored, so I thought what the hell. I couldn't put it down. I have since read most of Kathleen Woodiwiss's books but this is by far one of her best!
Lorelle
Jul 30, 2015 Lorelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this several times when I was a teen and I absolutely cherished all of her work that I could get ahold of at the time.
Cheap and Lazy
Kathleen Woodiwiss Classic. If you’re unable to set aside sensibilities for a romance of this age (first published in 1979), find bodice-rippers in general, or cross-dressing heroines particularly distasteful or implausible, your reading time will likely be spent more happily elsewhere. Typical of Kathleen Woodiwiss, this is a long—nearly epic—tale.

For the rest of us:
I’m a fan of this author for several reasons, not the least of which is that she’s the mother of historical romance as we know i
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Rich Meyer
Boy, I really have to start thinking before I read books on a dare...

Oddly enough, Ashes in the Wind wasn't nearly as horrid as I thought it would be. Predictable, yes. Characters of the stoutest cardboard, true. But I didn't mind the writing style as much as I thought I would. There was a bit too much description at times. Anyone who's seen Gone With the Wind, and who would be reading this book if they hadn't, should've been able to easily imagine each scene with a little less than what we are
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Chiara Allegranti
Scoperto da sola, mentre cercavo autrici di romance, me ne sono innamorata! Cole e Alaina sono Per me alla stregua dei miei adorati Darcy ed Elusabeth! Altra storia, altro momento storico, altro Paese, ma stesso amore! Che va oltre le convenzioni, oltre la guerra e oltre il loro Orgoglio e Pregiudizio! La forza interiore di Alaina mi ha catturato, in ogni momento del libro, dal primo travestimento per fuggire ad un ingiustizia fino alla fine dove lotta tenacemente per la propria famiglia, passan ...more
Cindy Hardwell
Mar 04, 2013 Cindy Hardwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can honestly say, this is my most favorite book of all. Ms. Woodiwiss did a suburb job of developing this characters. Cole Latimer is a most intriguing hero while Alana is the brave, spirited, stubborn heroine, who is steadfast and long in determination and pride. The cast of secondary characters is colorful and full of surprises. The book is written in two parts, much like Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. The similarities drop away after the southern setting and prewar life disappears ...more
Melis
Aug 23, 2012 Melis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abi sen nasıl bir yazarsın yaa. Okurken kalbim resmen ağzımda attı. Kathleen teyza mekanın cennet olsun. Sağolasın varolasın bize böyle muhteşem kitaplar kazandırdığın için. Laaa hala aklımdalar sanırım uzun süre unutamayacam oyhhh
Feminista
Oct 31, 2013 Feminista marked it as never-to-read  ·  review of another edition
The big age gap between hero and heroine, and the way it was depicted wasn't to my liking...
Lynn
Apr 18, 2017 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of this book was so fun to read with great characters and the setting during the Civil War. The female main character was a strong minded southerner and of course the main male character a yankee war doctor. I was loving this story and then 3/4 of the way through it felt like someone else started writing this book and it took a nosedive. Overall not a bad read.
Erin
May 21, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Someone recommended Woodiwiss as the archetypal romance writer, as research for a novel I'm writing about a romance writer, so I gave this one a shot. It's a flawed novel but I loved the experience of reading it anyway.

This is like that SEP novel I read recently, only far better executed. Same basic premise: Southern girl disguised as a boy finds herself at the mercy of a handsome Yankee officer. It's a long book, clocking in at just over 660 pages. A lot of stuff happens. The writing is clunky
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tsukino
Aug 16, 2015 tsukino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-storici
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Kathleen Erin Hogg was born on June 3, 1939, in Alexandria, Louisiana, she was the youngest of eight siblings by Gladys (Coker) and Charles Wingrove Hogg, a disabled World War I veteran. She long relished creating original narratives, and by age 6 was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep. At age 16, she met U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Eugene Woodiwiss at a dance, ...more
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“location. Alaina gave a last pat to the freshly made bed in the newly occupied room and sat down on it, facing Mindy. She smoothed the quilted bedspread beside her as she asked, “Will you sleep here now?” Mindy’s nod came without hesitation, but again there were no words, only the fleeting smile,” 1 likes
“She didn’t care to be reminded how starved she looked, but she could hardly bemoan the fact. It had lent well to her disguise. Though seventeen, she had masqueraded as a stripling lad beneath the very noses of the Yankees. Captain Latimer had not even been suspicious.” 0 likes
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