May contain moderately descriptive love scenes, usually no more than three. Penelope Williamson Tildy is sweet and inquisitive and seems to love everyone, including Delia. Delia is the focal point of the story and a very strong female protagonist. They have something of a secondary romance as they work through some difficulties in their marriage. Her friendship with the feisty Delia and seeing the passion between Delia and Ty really helped her to come into her own.
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A Wild Yearning is an epic love story that spans about a year and a half from start to finish, but it never felt artificially drawn out or tedious.
The characters were very relatable and the plot was engaging. In fact, the title is quite apt, as the author is very talented at bringing out that deep sense of yearning in both of them until they finally come together once and for all.
The other thing Ms. Williamson is extremely good at is drawing the historical setting. This book not only incorporates this era, but is also very well-researched. The main characters also spend time among the Abenaki Indians, which was equally as engaging. There was absolutely nothing about this book I would have changed, making it an incredibly enjoyable reread for me. Delia is the focal point of the story and a very strong female protagonist.
He often beats her and steals the money she earns at her job to support his habit. She falls in love at first sight with the dashing doctor, only to find out that he placed the ad for another man from the Maine settlement where he lives. More than anything, she yearns to be a respectable lady. The thing I loved most about Delia is that she has a huge heart with lots of selfless love to give. Ty is a stubborn, enigmatic alpha male with a lot of different sides to his personality.
He was born into wealth and privilege, but when he was only six, his father was killed in an Indian raid, in which Ty and his mother were taken captive. As a result, he grew up among the Abenaki people with an Indian step-father he revered.
He became one of them, but at the age of sixteen, his step-father insisted that he must return to his own people. Although Ty never got along with his grandfather, the man sent him to England where he was highly educated and became a doctor. From the moment he meets Delia, Ty is deeply attracted to her, but he has no intention of falling in love with her. The secondary characters, of which there are many, are extremely well-drawn.
I felt like I got to know each one in spite of some not being on the canvas for very long. The stand-outs include, Nat, the man who Ty brought Delia to marry.
Tildy is sweet and inquisitive and seems to love everyone, including Delia. I was also quite taken with Caleb and Elizabeth, the preacher and his wife, who travel with Ty and Delia to Merrymeeting to start a church there.
They have something of a secondary romance as they work through some difficulties in their marriage. Caleb is sweet and caring, obviously loving his wife to distraction. Elizabeth is very timid and reluctant to go to a remote wilderness settlement.
I loved watching her grow and change, facing the challenges set before her with grace and dignity. Her friendship with the feisty Delia and seeing the passion between Delia and Ty really helped her to come into her own.
Overall, A Wild Yearning was an incredibly well-written and engaging story that I hated to see end when I turned the last page. It was a roller-coater ride I was all too happy to take with these characters.
I can totally see why this book won the Rita award. I very much look forward to exploring her backlist soon. I really liked that book. It struck an emotional cord with me that managed to overcome my aversion to organized religion.
It was a highly emotional novel. Not melodramatic, emotional. A Wild Yearning, however, is more along the lines of melodramatic bodice ripper.
It was a bit contrived and heavy-handed at times, and the main protagonist, Delia, chafed my nerves a wee bit. While some might see this as selfless, it most definitely was not. So while she was professing to love Ty, she married another man, sacrificing her own happiness for a home and three square a day. In my eyes, what she did was no different than prostituting herself. That made me dislike Delia a great deal, right from the get-go.
This is the story of Delia, a beautiful and courageous young girl of 17 who had a loving family in Boston until her mother died and her father became a drunk and began beating her. She worked in a tavern since she was 14, but unlike the other women, she was still a virgin. Tyler Savitch for a wife needed for a man in the settlement of Merrymeeting.
Tyler lost his wife to sickness and has two little girls to raise. When she meets Ty, Delia instantly begins to fall in love with him, initially believing him to be the man who is seeking a wife. But when she learns it is another man who Ty represents who wants a wife. With few options, she still decides to go just to be near Ty.
Ty is an unusual man. He is a tortured soul, divided between two worlds and unsure if he can love, or if he would want to risk the loss loving would mean. Williamson paints a vivid picture of life in the wilderness with rich characters and descriptions of the places and nature.
She presents a balanced approach to the Indian-white man issues of the time. I learned much from reading this yet I did not feel instructed. I loved this story and believe you will, too. PW has a wide range of writing talent and she proves it with this book.
This one was much more steamier and rougher than her other books. I knew she was talented but she shows us in this book that she can pull off writing page-melting love scenes just as well as she writes everything else. She is truly an amazing storyteller and her books will constantly have you wishing that they would never end.
A Wild Yearning is a wonderful tale of love and sacrifice and so much more. Delia and Ty are drawn together from the start and although many things come between them and life is not always easy and carefree, they manage to overcome every obstacle and their love for one another triumphs in the end.
Delia is the type of female character that I love to see in the lead role. She is a feisty, spirited girl that gradually grows into a selfless, loving, strong-willed woman. The all-consuming love that Delia and Ty share is exactly the stuff that romance is written for If I am never to have you again after this night, this moment, you will remain the wife of my soul.
Keeper of my heart. Regina Although it took a rather long time for Ty to figure out his heart, his love turned out strong and true. Delia was a very lively and strong heroine who knew her heart almost from the very beginning. She was a good match for Ty; but because he resisted her so hard and so long, they ended up in a pickle of a situation. Ty was a conflicted hero, not knowing in which world he belonged.
Both grew up with overwhelming hardships but because of it, they were able to cope with, and survive, the difficult situations they faced. A Wild Yearning was appropriately titled. Emotions poured through the pages and had my heart engaged throughout its entirety. Highly recommended. Review will shown on site after approval.
A Wild Yearning
In spite of her telling him otherwise, he thinks she sold her body in addition to drinks at the grog shop where she worked. Not recommended for under 18 or sensitive readers. This book not only incorporates this era, but is also very well-researched. Williamson is extremely good at is drawing the historical setting. The secondary characters, of which there are many, are extremely well-drawn. Overall, A Wild Yearning was an incredibly well-written and engaging story that I hated to see end when I turned the last page.
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Even after discovering that she really was a virgin, he keeps his heart locked up tight, turning her over to the other man upon their arrival in the settlement. I was also quite taken with Caleb and Elizabeth, the preacher and his wife, who travel with Ty and Delia to Merrymeeting to start a church there. From the moment he meets Delia, Ty is deeply attracted to her, but he has no intention of falling in love with her. Yeearning is the focal point of the story and a very strong female protagonist. We always endeavor not to give away endings or major plot twists in either yearnning synopses yearnong reviews, however they may occasionally contain information which some readers might consider to be mild spoilers.
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