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The Wild Child af Mary Jo Putney
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The Wild Child (udgave 2000)

af Mary Jo Putney

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The future Earl of Wrexham, too busy with a mistress to woo the slightly crazy but rich Lady Meriel Grahame, asks Dominic, his poor twin brother to woo her for him in return for an estate. When Dominic falls in love, he faces a dilemma--woman or estate?
Medlem:venie24
Titel:The Wild Child
Forfattere:Mary Jo Putney
Info:Ballantine Books (2000), Edition: 1st Pbk. Ed, Mass Market Paperback, 365 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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First book i have read by this author so i did not have any expectations.

As i started reading the book I really loved the portrayal of Meriel. She is supposed to have had horrific things happen to her as a child and then turned 'mad'. I loved the way her eccentricities were portrayed and how she was made a very engaging and entertaining 'wild child'.

And as of Dominic. His patience , his way of dealing with each barrier. His gently eroding her walls . All of it was really good.

I am definitely going to be trying out more of this author ( )
  deepatarak | Jun 29, 2021 |
Dominic Renbourne takes the place of his twin, Kyle, Lord Maxwell, to woo the 'mad' Meriel Grahame at his twin's request. Meriel doesn't speak since her parents were murdered in India and she was kidnapped away for over a year. Now grown, Meriel is an heiress but fey. She has two guardians: one wants her committed to an asylum and the other thinks marriage might help her become 'normal.'
Dom has been bribed with the promise of an estate as his twin has a secret mission of his own and time is of the essence. But Meriel, while different, is not necessarily what she seems.
Well deserving of the awards it won, I find it only a shame that I haven't read this book earlier. It's such a lovely story, and Ms. Putney does a fantastic job in her writing. Both Meriel and Dom are wonderful characters, perfect for each other. Meriel is wonderful, truly the exemplification of Keat's La Belle Dame Sans Merci. Dom is the perfect hero, kind and handsome, someone who understands the different sides of Meriel's personality. Indeed, all the secondary characters are interesting also, each adding their bit to the main plot while establishing their own space in the story.
The Wild Child is also a fascinating blend of Eastern and Western cultures. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. Actually, I just love this book. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Sep 2, 2019 |
Identical twin brothers switch places even though there is sibling rivalry between. Dominic goes to woo Kyle’s arranged intended so that Kyle could take care of a mysterious errand which takes him out of England. Dominic meets a wild, mute, strange young woman who has had a horrific experience is her past childhood. He feels protective and slowly falls in love with Meriel. As she slowly starts trusting him her custodial uncle has her committed to a mental institution and a rescue begins, Kyle returns, betrayal is felt before there’s a HEA. ( )
  Kathy89 | Sep 23, 2018 |
This may be one of the most imaginative historical romances I've ever read.

Kyle and Dominic are twins, Kyle being born first. This means Kyle is the official heir. The boys were close as children, but then their parents made a choice that caused a rift that never closed. But, Kyle now needs his brother to help him with a very delicate matter. Kyle has to see to some very painful and personal affairs, but he is supposed to meet and get to know his intended bride. So, he enlisted Dominic to woo the fiance' so he could take care of the things he needed to. He knew Dominic wouldn't help him unless he made him an offer he couldn't refuse. ( In this case, an estate his brother would have to call his own) So, Dominic agrees to pretend to be Kyle for a few weeks.

Meriel experienced a traumatic event when she was a child. Both her parents were killed in a raid. She was shuffled around until someone finally contacted her next of kin. Meriel never spoke another word after she was returned to her uncles. So, it was assumed she was "mad". Meriel ran wild on her estate. She spent a great deal of time outdoors in her garden. She had a tree house she spent a lot of time in. She ran loose with no rules or school or any of society's strict expectations of a young heiress. The match with Kyle had been decided over 20 years ago, between families. It was hoped that marriage would bring Meriel out of her shell and she would become more normal.

It took Dominic a little while to convince Meriel to spend time with him. But, once they did start to get to know each other, Meriel responded to him. Dominic was so enchanted with her, he knew he had to leave the estate or he would betray his brother in the worst way.
However, one Meriel's uncles had kept her out of an asylum while the other one wanted her committed. When the "good" uncle became ill, and the "bad" uncle learned of the plot to marry Meriel off, he came after her to stop the marriage.
The story was quite interesting. I found myself stopping throughout the day and reading a chapter or two. I couldn't wait to see what would happen between the two brothers, and the two uncles, and with Meriel.

My heart ached for Kyle. I really did feel sorry for him. But, I also knew that he wouldn't have been good for Meriel. Dominic had also suffered great pain during his time in the army, and could relate to Meriel's pain. There were some really funny moments when Muriel, who knew a great deal more than she let on, acted on impulse, and times when she was very clever. ( She wanted Dominic, and found a rather inventive way to loosen his inhibitions) She was a very bad girl sometimes.

I also liked that there were so many people that did really care for Meriel, and really liked her even though she didn't follow convention. That is truly a sign of real friendship and love when people love you just the way you are.

The ending of the book was bittersweet. Meriel will finally be able to put her demons behind her, she and Dominic will be able to live their lives with the blessings of both sides of their families.

But, Kyle's story left me still feeling sad. I know that his story is explored in the next book in this trilogy and I am looking forward to seeing him have his HEA. ( )
  gpangel | Dec 29, 2017 |
This is a dense, lushly romantic story. However, since I assign stars based solely on how much I enjoyed a book, I have to give this one only three. It's an engaging premise, and there's a lot of plot, but the first half -- as Meriel and Dominic were getting acquainted was just too slow. I skimmed huge parts of it. I must give MJP credit, though, for managing to handle having a mute heroine so adeptly. I didn't feel that I was missing out on dialogue.

Things pick up in the second half, and I thoroughly enjoyed that part.

I also have to give MJP credit for doing something that romance novels rarely do to me: I shed a tear of two over the (secondary) romance of Kyle and Constancia. ( )
  LadyWesley | Sep 25, 2013 |
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