Wilde in Love: The Wildes of Lindow Castle (英語) ハードカバー – 2017/10/31
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One of Cosmopolitan's Best Books of 2017!
Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father’s castle, but just as he grasps that he’s not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty, Miss Willa Ffynche.
Willa presents the façade of a serene young lady to the world. Her love of books and bawdy jokes is purely for the delight of her intimate friends. She wants nothing to do with a man whose private life is splashed over every newspaper.
Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own . . . until he meets Willa. He’s never lost a battle.
But a spirited woman like Willa isn’t going to make it easy. . . .
The first book in Eloisa James’s dazzling new series set in the Georgian period glows with her trademark wit and sexy charm—and introduces a large, eccentric family. Readers will love the Wildes of Lindow Castle!
“Expertly developed characters will draw readers in, and the cliffhanger conclusion is full of promise for future installments.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A charming, romantic, and unexpectedly funny start to a very promising new series. A must for James fans and a sure bet for everyone else.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Written with plenty of wry wit, graced with a brilliantly crafted cast of characters, and imbued with just the right amount of luscious sensuality, Wilde in Love will hit the literary sweet spot of any romance reader.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Wilde in Love gives readers a lovely romance and a fine introduction to a series that I cannot wait to keep reading.” (All About Romance )
I would also mention as an asset the trademark literary allusions and cultural references of the times that are to be found in the author's stories, except that nowadays I find them less as something clever and more as something tossed in to make readers feel that their university degrees are not being wasted as they read a romance novel. And because James is one of our most literate and erudite HR authors, I figured there must be some deep symbolism in this book's inclusion of peacock, skunk, and tomcat, not to mention the bog on the estate, but either my degree has failed me or the symbolism just isn't all that deep. And Mr. Calico? Was he there only to get that skunk into the story?
Speaking of the story, there isn't really much to it. Hero Alaric Wilde returns home from years of traveling the world as an adventurer and writer of books about his adventures to find himself a bigger celebrity than Kim Kardashian ever dreamed of being. He has a rabid fan base of irrational unmarried and married women. There's even an unauthorized fictitious play about his life and adventures that is the must-see drama for theater-goers. He's not especially happy about all this. Heroine Willa Ffynche, whom he meets at the house party setting of the story, finds his celebrity off-putting and wishes to avoid him even as she finds herself unwillingly attracted to him and his thighs.
There's nothing I actively disliked about this book. But there's nothing I loved. Nothing that gave me any real "feels" the way a really good Meredith Duran, Cecilia Grant, or Elizabeth Kingston HR (to name some favorites) does. This is the introductory book to a new series. A house party where we meet several people such as this hero's brother North and his friend since childhood, Parth Sterling, a former ward of his father. On the heroine's side there are her best friend Lavinia and Lavinia's cousin Diana, who happens to be North's somewhat reluctant betrothed. We can expect to find most, if not all, of these in books of their own to follow. North and Diana's story, for example, is left in a cliffhanger and does have my interest piqued.
Some scenes are like a play as you picture this various characters which even includes one "mad" woman who's in love (in her sick mind) with Wilde! It actually almost reminded me of an opera! There are the main two characters and other pairs that all have emotions and actions that affect their lives all within the confines of Lindow Castle. What a cast--even a very pregnant hostess and her husband the "DUKE"!!! I could almost hear the arias as they went through the scenes acting and interacting.
I have to take issue with people who thought characters weren't 'developed"--the hero and heroine were show first impression and then the growth that each needed to be right for each other began and they each had go grow and "give" a little to finally be able to be just right for each other. They both overcame feelings that had been under the surface for years and had to come to terms with loss. The animals were perfect and if the heroine hadn't been so animal friendly, that would have spoiled the climax of the dramatic part.
Ms. James has lost NOTHING in her characterization!!
What a great book and what perfect tempo! I LOVED IT but now need another "Fix" of this family's story! BRAVO and more importantly--ENCORE!!!