The Wild Child

The Wild Child

Book - 1999
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Bribed by Kyle, his twin brother, Dominic Renbourne agrees to take his twin's place for a few weeks at Warfield Manor, where he is to pay court to Lady Meriel Grahame, the orphaned heiress Kyle intends to marry. The last thing Dominic expects is to be entranced by a silent sprite whose ethereal beauty is as intoxicating as the flowers and trees that surround her.

For much of her life Meriel has lived outside normal society, finding joy and peace in her garden, safe from the nightmare that nearly destroyed her as a child. She is content with solitude until the handsome intruder begins to inspire dreams of life beyond her sanctuary. Despite his longing, Dominic's sense of duty keeps him away from his brother's future bride, but Meriel's untamed spirit proves more powerful than Dominic can resist . . .
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780449005842
Branch Call Number: F Putn
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 25 cm.


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KimmyRose Jan 25, 2017

An usual heroine for a historical romance: because she was never domesticated as a rich, proper English lady normally would have been, all her ideas and behaviours were refreshingly bold and natural. For example, she took on the typical male roles: she seduced the man; she was the one who wished to continue their romance without marriage; and she was the one not driven by appearances and a desire to please society. I liked her. I also liked her believability: she didn't suddenly recover from trauma, but her development was gradual and balanced.

The pacing was poor for the last third: I grew impatient. And the ending had one particularly ridiculously unbelievable twist, thankfully with a secondary character, not the main couple. I wasn't fond of the transitions to Kyle's story: it was a jerky storytelling method that detracted from the main story.

I wonder how different this story would have been if Muriel were a boy and Dominic were, say, a widow (to give her some power in English society). From a 21st century hindsight pov, Muriel didn't have enough relative gratitude for her situation. Good book for gender studies, that's for sure.

Barbara5060 Apr 28, 2014

The twist to this romance is that the female character is considered "mad" and one of her guardians wants to commit her to an institution for treatment and the other would like to see her married, if possible. The "treatment" at the time for mental illness is Scary, but very accurate. A subplot is about a woman committed to the institution because her husband wanted her money. A good insight into how mental illness was viewed and "treated" in the past. Let's NOT go back to that, though abandoning most of our mentally ill today is a crime as well.

Apr 08, 2014

good story -- surprise ending was unexpected. liked it .. however shouLd have read this before CHINA would have clarified a lot of the other story. Will read more of Mary Jo Putney's work

scottivy Mar 24, 2014

story is too slow


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