The Wild Child

The Wild Child Summary

A Mad Heiress and a False Suitor

The younger son of an earl, Dominic Renbourne is offered an irresistible bribe by his arrogant, identical twin brother, Kyle, who is heir to the earldom.  All he must so is take Kyle's place at Warfield Manor, where he is to politely court Lady Meriel Grahame, the orphaned and vastly wealthy heiress Kyle is pledged to marry. The deception need only take a few weeks and no one will be the wiser because the fey Lady Meriel lives in a world of her own.  The last thing Dominic expects when he arrives is to be entranced by a silent sylph whose ethereal beauty is as stunning as her passionate love for Warfield's flowers and fields and creatures.

Until now, Meriel has kept her distance from normal society, spending her days at one with nature and safe from the nightmare that nearly destroyed her as a child.  She is content to live alone, until the handsome intruder begins to inspire dreams of the world beyond her sanctuary.  He understands her as no one else ever has--and because she lives outside society's rules, she sees no need to restrain her desire for the man who is surely her destined mate.

Though Dominic's sense of duty helps him control his longing for his brother's future bride, Meriel's untamed spirit proves more powerful than he can resist.  In her garden paradise, passion binds them body and soul despite the agonizing consequences.

Can Meriel forgive Dominic's deceit once she learns he is not Kyle, and can Kyle forgive the betrayal of the brother who had once been closer than his own shadow?  Then past and present collide in a dangerous cataclysm that may bring destruction--or lasting love and a hope for beginnings. 

The Bride Trilogy:
The Wild Child, #1
The China Bride, #2
The Bartered Bride, #3

Praise for The Wild Child:

"Putney writes with attention to historical detail as well as emotional depth."
—Library Journal

"The Wild Child is an exquisite blend of gentleness and passion, a wonderful story filled with fascinating, sensitively-drawn characters.  Mary Jo Putney conjures the healing power of love, and has created a simply beautiful novel."  
—S.K., Washington, DC

"Putney's writing is clear as crystal and smooth as silk… [Her] strong points are her thoughtfulness and her well-drawn cast of compelling and very human characters. "

About the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney's novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs, three Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, and the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America, she has had numerous books listed among Library Journal's and Booklist's top romances of the year.

Book Reviews


Great!5 star

Captivating, more than just the usual romance novel. The back story and development of the characters is excellently executed.55

Karen Fields

Wild Child5 star

I loved this story so much it was hard to put it down. It is not your typical historical romance and is intriguing throughout. The characters are wonderfully created and each peaks one’s curiosity. It is one of the best books I’ve read in a while.55


Loved it5 star

I liked the way this story unfolded. I had anticipated certain things to happen and the author took it in different and unexpected directions. I haven’t read a book in a while so I choose this as a book to start up the habit. I finished it in just a few days.55


Five Stars…5 star

This book is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! The characters and storyline are so unique, I literally couldn’t put the book down! Five stars isn’t enough!55

C Conti

The wild child5 star

An amazing story, I read this book through the night as I could not put it down. I highly recommend this book and give it more than five stars.55


Loved this book!5 star

A wonderful story with well-crafted characters.55


A different story5 star

Loved the twists and turns of this story, it was great reading!55


Great reading4 star

Loved the wildling 🥰45

Clean romancer

The wild child5 star

Really enjoyed this story. Good plot with feel good romance and drama.55


Lots of history! Lots of love!5 star

I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and historical perspectives. Easy reading and the characters came to life in the story. Unexpected but happy ending. Couldn’t put it down!55

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