A special Friday post for you – bringing the fabulous LADY WILD, a lovely romantic novella written especially to raise money for charity! The proceeds from LADY WILD are going to hospice, which I think is incredible and amazing of the author, and the book is (spoiler) FABULOUS, so let me tell you a bit about it and then you can go see for yourself!
Lady Wild is the sweet, honest, swoony story of a young woman named Ophelia, whose family once circulated among the titled and wealthy, and now has been relegated to a crumbling cottage in the country. Ophelia lives alone with her dying mother, and while she faithfully nurses her mama and desires to be present for her, the other part of her feels as though she’s dying right alongside her mother.
Enter Viscount Andrew Stark – handsome, rakish, and empty inside. After an incidental meeting in the river and his subsequent visit to the ramshackle cottage, he enters an agreement with Ophelia’s mother to take Ophelia under his wing and ensure her connections to the art world, which Ophelia has longed to enter as a model. He sponsors both Ophelia and her mother and brings them to London – but ghosts from his past, and reminders of all the things he never had, haunt him when the ladies take up residence in his home.
Lady Wild is filled with romance and fun, while also remaining a touching and truthful story. The slow decline of Ophelia’s mother is treated with respect and portrayed truthfully, in all it’s pain and emotional upheaval, and the relationship that develops between her and Andrew is quite touching. Some of the language was a bit archaic at times, though this is due more to the time period than anything else, and there are a few romantic scenes that go into detail, but if those aren’t your thing, don’t let them stop you from reading the rest of this lovely story about trust, openness, courage, and of course, love.
I really enjoyed Lady Wild and recommend it to anyone who loves historical romances and/or stories about family. For a love story that encompasses much more than attraction, look no further.
(I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review)
About the Author: 2011 Golden Heart winner Máire Claremont first fell in love with Mr. Rochester, not Mr. Darcy. Drawn to his dark snark, she longed to find a tortured hero of her own… until she realized the ramifications of Mr. Rochester locking his first wife up in his attic. Discovering the errors of her ways, Máire now looks for a real-life Darcy and creates deliciously dark heroes on the page. Oh, and she wants everyone to know her name is pronounced Moira. Her parents just had to give her an Irish Gaelic name.
This novella is available to you at such a low cost, is for such a fabulous cause, and is such a fun read that I hope I’ve convinced you you just have to read it! You can buy it right here You can also read more about the fabulous author and this fundraiser here