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 hold them up to the light, no matter the cost. The farthest thing from her mind is getting involved with the papers' owner.
To venture capitalist Davis Jamison, the pile of boxes is a headache he must deal with to protect the family. What better way to solve the mystery than to have an expert inventory the papers in his own house? He expects neither his cousin's frantic obsession to keep all the family sins hidden, nor the fierce need he comes to feel for Barrett. He's sworn never again to trust a woman with his property or his heart. Can he rely on Barrett to guard them both?
As the dark past—a tale of deception and murder—emerges, Davis's question becomes harder and harder to answer . .
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.6" Width: 4.1" Height: 1.5" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher Medallion Press
ISBN 1933836342 ISBN13 9781933836348
Availability 0 units.
More About Ann Macela
Hi, I'm Ann Macela, and I write enchanting, smart, and sensual contemporary romance and contemporary light paranormal romance. Sometimes with a touch of humor, sometimes with a little sorrow, always with passion and emotion. My latest books are a two-book contemporary romance series, Wolves in Business. Wolf in Jester's Clothing and Wolf on Thin Ice tell the story of two brothers who find their true loves where they least expect them. Warning: These are NOT shapeshifters, but alpha businessmen. Like the Magic Series, it's best to read them in order. My award-winning Magic Series is about a group of people who can cast spells to help them with their everyday jobs. Wouldn't you like to have an ability that would help you type faster, make accurate change, fix the plumbing, or grow flowers and vegetables? Or whatever it is that you do? And these people, who call themselves practitioners, are guaranteed to find their soul mates. Ready or not, and whether or not they want one at that particular moment. As the series progresses, the magic gets more complicated and so do the relationships. Included in the series now are the last two stories, never before published. Windswept won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Romance, Small Press, 2008, and several other awards. Writing this standalone contemporary with a historical twist took me back to my first love, the study of history, and it definitely shows off my Texas roots. There's a terrible secret in the papers of the Windswept Plantation . . . I'm a native Gulf Coast Texan, now living in The Frozen North of Chicagoland. I started life reading mysteries, then sci-fi and fantasy. When I discovered romances, I saw a way to combine all the aspects of books that I liked into my own stories. And what a welcome difference from writing computer manuals--my old job and which has no magic about it at all. Let me know what you think of my stories. Contact me either at ann@AnnMacela.com or AnnMacela@msn.com P.S. Those of you interested in how my magic works, check out the article, A Theory of Magic, on my website.
Ann Macela currently resides in Native Texan Tranplanted to Ch, in the state of Illinois.
Reviews - What do customers think about Windswept?
Windswept Apr 12, 2008
It was Davis Jamison's dying uncle's wish that the journals and papers of Windswept Plantation be catalogued by historian Barrett Browning. Davis sees no reason to deny this request but other members of his family are convinced that there are secrets among the pages that should never be revealed. Just how far is his family willing to go to ensure that Barrett doesn't reveal the truths that she might find?
For a reader who cut her eyeteeth on Gone With The Wind, WINDSWEPT by Ann Macela was a real find. Ms. Macela has done a superb job of blending a contemporary romance with a historical suspense with the different times flowing so smoothly that readers will find themselves wondering at times where one ended and the other begins. This is a story that has it all; love, infamy, family, politics and intrigue in both the past and the present!
And let's not forget the wonderful people that readers will get the opportunity to meet. And this reviewer does say people rather then characters as they seem to just jump right off the pages. Davis, our hero, has been put in charge of protecting his family and that is just what he will do even at the risk of his own happiness. Barrett, our heroine, is on a timetable so that she might get tenure in her chosen field and who has no time for romance until she has achieved her goals. Cousin Lloyd is convinced that the secrets buried in those papers will destroy his business and cause him to lose his wife. And our players from the past, Mary Maude Davis Jamison and her husband Edgar. There are also numerous other secondary characters who add richness and at times humor to WINDSWEPT.
Whether writing a paranormal or a contemporary romance, Ann Macela is one author to keep your eye out for. This reviewer highly recommends WINDSWEPT to any reader who enjoys their contemporary romances with that extra punch from the past.
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Terrific read! Mar 12, 2008
The legacy of Windswept plantation is not so much in the beautiful 1800's edifice and vast grounds as it is in the myriad boxes, crates, and lockers of written history. The journals and diaries of the masters and mistresses of the house are a veritable treasure with their detailed, practical recording of everyday life on a large, thriving Louisiana plantation. A treasure Dr. Barrett Browning wants badly to get her hands on.
In the publish or perish world of academia, she needs the access promised her by the Jamison family patriarch for her professional survival. But kindly Edgar Jamison has passed away and custody of the entire collection has been left to his grandson, Davis.
Houston venture capitalist E. Davis Jamison has few enough hours in his days without the added annoyance of a college professor who wants to root through the family history. Especially when his dotty relatives in Louisiana are crying foul and hinting at a crippling scandal should an outsider be given license to delve into the old records. This is the twenty-first century, what could possibly shock anyone in this day and time?
The ruthless tycoon and the intellectual book worm. Opposites. But then we know how opposites attract, don't we? The mystery at the vortex of this romance is unexpected and a little heartbreaking, and altogether worth the read. Don't miss it.
engaging romantic suspense thriller Feb 9, 2008
His beloved late granddaddy Edgar Jamison before he died told Davis to "Protect the records". Granddaddy also selected history professor Dr. Barrett Browning to classify the documents that go back to the early nineteenth century and write from them the definitive papers on Windswept Plantation in St. Gregoryville, Louisiana.
Davis hesitates handing over documents that potentially expose their antecedents to scandal, but he heeds his late granddaddy's words that "She's the One" while his cousin Lloyd vocally objects feeling skeletons should remain buried. However, Davis, a successful venture capitalist, owns the boxes of papers as his grandfather trusted him to do the right thing; he decides to go with the professor who admits she hopes her work on Windswept leads to tenure. However, attracted to one another from the first meeting in Houston, Barrett and Davis fall in love even while she uncovers a dark truth in 1830 journal amidst the papers that apparently Lloyd wants buried at all cost.
WINDSWEPT is an engaging romantic suspense thriller that highlights 1830 plantation life in the Bayou through several journal entries weaved throughout the narrative. The key to the well written story line is the romance is for the most part kept on the back burner to slowly simmer into love; that enables the deep look by the professor into the Jamison family tree to serve as the prime plot. Although a late suspense seems a bit over the top; fans will enjoy this fine comparative look at the past and present residents of WINDSWEPT.