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3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
A terrible secret lurks in the papers of the Windswept Plantation, and its revelation will ruin the Jamison family name. To Barrett Browning, however, the collection of correspondence, ledgers, and journals is a treasure trove of potential publications sure to gain her a valuable promotion at her university. As a historian, her job is to root out secrets from the past and ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Medallion Press (first published October 1st 2005)
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Oct 30, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
A very interesting book set in the South, where secrets and ghosts haunt a modern Southern mansion....Ann Macela is an excellent author whose vision and visuals pop off the page.
Cheryl Landmark
This started out as a nice mix of historical and contemporary fiction. I was quite intrigued by the Windswept papers that described life on the plantation in the 1800s, although the sheer volume of material that Barrett had to inventory and catalogue was astounding and overwhelming!

Barrett was a strong, sensible, intelligent woman who took no guff from anyone, having grown up with three overly protective brothers. I liked how she argued her case with Davis with concise and reasonable points and
Apr 11, 2012 Heather rated it did not like it
Shelves: general-fiction
Kindle Freebie. Yikes. I started this one because it caught me with the historic half of the story. And that is why I kept reading, I just had to know what the big century+ old family secret was (or rather, if it was what I thought it was....yep, it was). But let me tell you, I had to skip over a crazy number of detailed love scenes (which I know from the odd word I would catch here and there as I tried to skip and then pick the story back up) that were horribly long! Nothing in the product ...more
Alisa Garate
Jan 16, 2009 Alisa Garate rated it liked it
This is about a family that has kept DETAILED info - journals, bill of sales from slaves, letters, etc about their lives since the 1800s and about the historian hired to conduct research on it. There's been TONS of hints about some "scandel" that could ruin the family but mostly they keep hinting of a romance between the historian and owner of the documents. I normally don't do this but I've skimmed a couple of paragraphs because there is A LOT of descriptions of the rooms they are in which is ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Radella rated it really liked it

It was well played out, even though the mystery was pretty obvious. There's good tension between Davis and Bennett, and it seemed pretty natural. (not a fan of the rush job of an epilogue, but the meat of the story had a good pace. Some of the descriptions were a bit long-winded, but nothing that seemed forced or nonsensical. It was a nice summertime hammock read... If you don't think too much about it.
Apr 25, 2012 Katie rated it did not like it
This book was free on the kindle so I decided to give it a try. It sounded like there would be good historical stuff mixed with romance. Instead, I found myself skipping through a lot of repetition and a lot of sex scenes just so I could find out what the scandal was. Even then, I was pretty much able to guess what had happened. If you are looking for historical fiction, this book is not it. The romance had potential, but fell short.
Jan 29, 2013 Deanna rated it did not like it
free kindle book. I thought it would be more of a historical fiction with a twist of clean romance, but I ended up having ro skipover several descriptive sex scenes which just made me feel dirty. There was no major suspense when it came to the major plot of the story, which was the Windswept plantation family secret. The story fell flat.
Dec 16, 2013 Jaishree rated it it was ok
I started this with the hope of having found a clean historical romance. What a let down.
A nice storyline spoilt by too nany explicit scenes.
Two stars only because I skipped pages of the unwanted scenes to read through to the end.
The great scandal from the past and the reactions of the family, the desperate plotting by the cousin everything was a let down.
Apr 09, 2012 V rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Combining an historic journal and contemporary narration, this romance moves quickly through an interesting plot with elements of mystery. The overall story is engaging and cohesive, though the explicit sexual encounters seem somewhat at odds with the rest of the novel.
Joyce Poe
Apr 18, 2012 Joyce Poe rated it did not like it
It's no wonder it was free. The author tried to present two people as being good, moral people, just trying to research history and take care of family---then turns the story in to not quite porno descriptions of their evenings together.
Apr 24, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it
I completely enjoyed this book. In fact I stayed up all night finishing it. I was immediately captivated by the story and the characters. Althought for my tastes there were some scenes that were too explicit for me, so I had to skip over those pages. Look forward to reading more from Ann Macela.
Jul 20, 2016 Miriam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This book started out well and then about half way through it became all about sex. I REALLY don't think any of it contributed to the story in any way. I'm always disappointed when a book is ruined like this.
May 04, 2012 Fran rated it liked it
I had a hard time with the mustache, and occasionally I felt like the heroine's character was inconsistent---sometimes she seemed a bit like a doormat and others like a pistol.
Ronda Blanke Geiger
May 16, 2013 Ronda Blanke Geiger rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. I liked the historic flash backs and the discovery. For a free book it was well worth the read.
Mar 30, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
Good story line but, once again, would have been better without the sex scenes. Pretty clean until the 62% mark.
Mar 08, 2013 Winter rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
It was okay, I didn't love it, but didn't hate it. The romance part of the story was rather predictable. I did find the family drama amusing however.
Laura Maertz
Nov 06, 2012 Laura Maertz rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the historical part of the book. It was a good suspense book and a cute romance book. I kind of guessed the ending but loved it so! I wish we could give half stars because it was a 3 1/2
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I have been blessed with a number of careers: public school and university teacher (three degrees in history); writer of history (the kind bristling with footnotes); sales, marketing and PR person writing everything from ads to annual reports; consultant and computer manual writer; and now romance author. A native Texan, I spent most of my life on the Gulf Coast until my husband’s and my business ...more
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