That’s the title of a book by Witold Rybczynski — a non-fiction author I enjoy reading at every opportunity. It’s also what I’ll be doing until I can get my hands on Windswept — writing buddy Ann Macela’s latest release from Medallion Press.
“ 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 . . .”