Reader Review: This novel is very different from most of the novels of this period, and the first by this author that I have read. Dominic and his older brother, by 10 minutes, Kyle are the story beneath the story. Dominic takes the place of his older twin to go meet Kyle's future bride, Lady Meriel, who is considered to be mad. Kyle has something that he must do above all else and solicits Dominic's help in pretending to be Kyle until he can come back and decide if the marriage is to be agreeded upon by Lady Meriel. Neither dream that the outcome will forever change their lives. Kyle's story is poignant and although touched on to a small degree, is a very strong componet in the novel. The meeting of Dominic with Meriel and the relationship they build is a very well done story. All the characters are strong as well as being intregal to the story. I look forward to reading Kyle's story soon and recommend this book to all.
With her enchanting romance One Perfect Rose, Mary Jo Putney earned her rightful place on bestseller lists and "keeper" shelves everywhere. Her lush historical settings, bewitching characters, and unique passion for the beauty of nature transport readers to a place as close to the heart as secret dreams. Now, in her glorious new novel, The Wild Child, Putney creates a breathtaking love story that awakens all the senses, inviting a magical world of wonders in a magnificent English garden.
Dominic Renbourne has been bribed to take his twin brother Kyle's place at Warfield Manor, where he is to pay gentlemanly court to Lady Meriel Grahame, the extravagantly wealthy heiress Kyle intends to marry. The deception need only take a few weeks and no one will be the wiser, especially the strange Lady Meriel who is whispered to be . . . mad. The last thing Dominic expects when he arrives is to be entranced by a silent woman whose ethereal beauty is as stunning as her mystical relationship to the intoxicating flowers and trees that surround her.
Until now, Meriel has kept her distance from society, spending her days at one with the earth and safe from the nightmare that nearly destroyed her as a child. She is content to live alone, but suddenly this handsome intruder begins to inspire dreams of life beyond her sanctuary. He senses her restlessness, her awakening desire, and the truth that she is much more than she seems.
Theirs is an extraordinary courtship. Without words, Meriel teaches Dominic to appreciate the natural splendors of her isolated world. While Dominic's sense of duty barely restrains his longing for his brother's future bride, Meriel's untamed spirit proves more powerful than Dominic can resist. But will Meriel forgive his deceit once she learns he is not Kyle? Moreover, will their love be able to save them both from the treachery that still secretly shadows Meriel? And will their passion endure the rift that will divide two brothers?
Told with Mary Jo Putney's incomparable intelligence and grace, The Wild Child is an unforgettable tale about the infinite possibilities of love.
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|Release Date: 05-30-2006|
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The Wild Child
Dominic Renbourne's head was pounding like a regimental drum. He came awake slowly, knowing he shouldn't have drunk so much at the boxing match the night before. A good evening, but he'd pay for it all day.
Belatedly he realized there was pounding on the door as well as in his head. Where the hell was Clement? Damn, his valet was still in the country visiting his ailing mother. Bloody nuisance.
Since the knocking showed no sign of abatement, Dominic swung his legs to the floor and took stock. The sun's rays said early afternoon, not morning. He still wore crumpled breeches and shirt, but had managed to get his coat and boots off before collapsing on the bed.
Yawning, he ambled from his bedroom into the sitting room. He hoped Clement's mother recovered soon; Dominic's rooms were a shambles. If matters got much worse, he'd have to find a charwoman to clean the place.
He swung open the door and saw-himself.
Or rather, a cold-eyed, immaculately tailored version of himself. The shock of seeing his twin brother in the passageway was like a splash of ice water.
Before Dominic could think of a suitably acid greeting, his brother pushed past him into the sitting room. "You need a shave and a haircut." Kyle kicked aside a rumpled coat with one shining black boot. "And a bonfire to purge this place."
"I don't recall asking your opinion." Dominic's normally easy temper flared with the special kind of irritation that only his brother and father could inspire. How long had it been since he'd seen Kyle? At least two years, and then only in passing, with cool nods exchanged. They didn't move in the same circles. Both of the
Title: The Wild Child
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This is the first MJ Putney book I read and was qu
September 21, 2008
Reviewer: A reader from London, KY US
This is the first MJ Putney book I read and was quite surprised that her focus wasn't on so-called 'perfect', "oh, I've led a blessed life and now I found my perfect mate" people. It is stunning to see her character development and get a sense of 'real life, with real problems' people from her books. I love what she did with this one. While Dominic was deceiving Merial into believing he was his older brother, Kyle, he was also troubled in his own way. And Merial is in no way perfect, although she is an interesting character as well. Most of the times historical romances develop plots and mysteries and cram the love into physical intimacy way too soon without the character development to even imagine that their love could ever endure the test of time. But Ms. Putney writes in such a way as to believe she writes about real people. Great book, but I suggest the Bartered Bride, which is actually the third in this series first, even if it is not in chronological order, because it is a perfect example of what this author is capable of.
This novel is very different from most of the nove
December 17, 2007
Reviewer: A reader from Brooklyn, MS US
This novel is very different from most of the novels of this period, and the first by this author that I have read. Dominic and his older brother, by 10 minutes, Kyle are the story beneath the story. Dominic takes the place of his older twin to go meet Kyle's future bride, Lady Meriel, who is considered to be mad. Kyle has something that he must do above all else and solicits Dominic's help in pretending to be Kyle until he can come back and decide if the marriage is to be agreeded upon by Lady Meriel. Neither dream that the outcome will forever change their lives. Kyle's story is poignant and although touched on to a small degree, is a very strong componet in the novel. The meeting of Dominic with Meriel and the relationship they build is a very well done story. All the characters are strong as well as being intregal to the story. I look forward to reading Kyle's story soon and recommend this book to all.
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