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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
In an epic read by debut novelist Suilyaniz Cintron, Windswept is a timeless classic in the genre of historical fiction. Following the characters in the aristocratic Williams household in early 20th century England, we find that nothing is quite as it appears on the surface. Lady Amelia is hiding a secret, the enslavement of a girl who has lived in the bowels of the family manor for years, suffering abuse at the hands of those who convince themselves that they are somehow doing what’s best for the girl. That’s the life of Magdalena, and her pitiful existence is brought to light when she is discovered by James Thomas, the son of a new neighbor. James is captivated by the beautiful Magdalena, and when the couple falls in love, they are willing to do anything to be together, even as everyone else tries to keep them apart.
Windswept was a fabulous book. It’s a sweeping novel, and definitely will take some time to get through - clocking in at 576 pages, it’s no beach read. But it’s well worth the time it will take to get through it. Author Suilyaniz Cintron does a fantastic job, especially as a new novelist, in developing each character so realistically and with such sensitivity and empathy that your heart breaks for each of them. Even the Lady Amelia, who has so vilely treated young Magdalena, when you find out why she has done what she’s done, you’ll be able to muster up some sympathy for her as well, and that says a great deal for the skill of the author. Windswept is a book that would be enjoyed by any reader who loves historical fiction, romance, or just a good read. I am looking forward to reading more from the promising new author Suilyaniz Cintron, and certainly hope that she’s hard at work on her next book!