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Widow Madeleine Gray keeps up the family legacy of poetry by penning love poems for the love-starved sailors in 1811 Portsmouth. But she is no romantic herself-- she will never love again.

Then Payton Wilder requests a customized Valentine poem for the girl of his dreams... and Maddy realizes that she has dreams of her own for the dashing captain!

Award-winning Regency aut
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Kindle Edition, 60 pages
Published November 6th 2011 by Midsummer Books (first published February 1st 1993)
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Kathleen
4 stars for this enjoyable Valentine's Day romance! A satisfying short story is rare in the Regency sub genre. This novella is book 4 in the Regency Escapades Series (see footnote). I have not read any other books in the series yet had no trouble following this one (I thought it was a stand-alone).

There be no spoilers in these waters...

This book involves characters in the Royal British Navy, particularly our dashing hero, Captain Payton Wilder (hence the title). Even though A Wilder Heart is s
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Annette
Nov 20, 2013 Annette rated it really liked it
This is a really sweet story.

We have a widow, Madeline, who must make a little extra money. She has a brilliant idea of creating and selling valentines for gentlemen to present to the lady of their choice.

Madeline's late husband had been a talented poet and she misses all they shared in their marriage.

One of the gentlemen who comes to purchase a valentine for the lady of his choice is Captain Payton Wilder. He is a hero of sea battles and a successful officer.

He has his eye on a young lady who i
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Jeffrey Rasley
Dec 17, 2011 Jeffrey Rasley rated it really liked it
I'm biased as my last name indicates. The writing is supple and elegant. The romance is a little quirky for a regency romance. Guys will like this one too, because there is a little British Naval action. The hero is a tough dude with calloused hands and a heart. The heroine is a hot widow who writes love poems and whose first husband is a dead poet.
Lisa
Jul 27, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
enjoyed this book, wish it were longer. I also thought it might be part of her 'escapades series but it wasn't. does anyone know the first book in that series? that's my biggest gripe about amazon, not list in the book order in a series.
Laura Thomas
Apr 30, 2016 Laura Thomas rated it really liked it
Well written RECENCY novella

Loaded with character and story development,appreciated author investing that . Really liked Madeleine and David, getting their loving ever after.
debmar50
Mar 23, 2016 debmar50 rated it it was amazing
Sweet

Not set amongst the "ton". It's about a captain and a widow. Clean and sweet. Not a lot of depth to side characters. Short story.
Lady Wesley
Jan 24, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it
Shelves: lendable
Charming novella about a romance between a poet's widow (who is herself a poet) and a Royal Navy captain.
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Shelves: a-to-z-challenge
Stayed up late last night to finish this--very sweet!
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Shelves: regency
Cute novella. Nothing deep.
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