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Novia salvaje (The Bride Trilogy #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,400 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Sobornado por Kyle, su hermano gemelo, Dominic Renbourne acepta ocupar su lugar por unas semanas en Warfield Park, donde deberá cortejar a lady Meriel Grahame, la huérfana heredera con quien Kyle pretende casarse. Lo último que Dominic esperaba era enamorarse perdidamente de ese espíritu silencioso cuya etérea belleza es tan embelesadora como las flores y los árboles que l ...more
Paperback, 474 pages
Published May 30th 2005 by Plaza & Janés (first published 1998)
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Dina
I picked this book up randomly at the bookstore and, before I knew it, I had read the first six chapters and was on my way to skimming the rest of the story. Before the store clerk approached me and demanded me to buy the darn book already, I decided to save him the trouble and went straight to the cashier - with the book in hand, of course! :)

Considering the fact that I couldn't stop reading the book at the store, I was more than certain that I would love it. What can I say? It's good to be rig
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Zeek
The Wild Child is surprisingly “out of the box” from what we normally get with historical romance. Oh we’ve seen the hero before- a sexy but wastrel rake who isn’t as much of a wastrel as what we first believe- but the heroine in The Wild Child is all together different.

The story begins for us when the heroine’s uncles come to India to collect her after a viscous uprising kills her parents and everyone around her. Meriel has retreated into a world of her own, unresponsive except to the flowers a
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Catherine
What a romantic love story! I seem to have a soft spot for romances that deal with a heroine or hero that everyone thinks is mad. A lot of the time there is another explanation that the medical community of the times does not recognize. I like the romance of having a heroine or hero look deep enough into their love interest to see beyond the stigma to the real person inside. Also, these real world issues provide a much more believable form of conflict and strife. That's some heartache I can get ...more
LibraryLass
May 13, 2008 LibraryLass rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes a solid historical romance
Shelves: keeper, 2008
4.5 stars. I have heard rave reviews about this one. It was also recommended to me by several ppl, so I was glad to find I actually owned a copy and dragged it out of my TBR mountain.

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I really liked this book, but for some reason didn't love it. I loved both Dominic and Kyle, but found Meriel just a little bit under-done. Dominic was fantastic as the understanding hero who conquers Meriels' fears etc. My problem is, is that it was too easy. I mean for 18 years, Meriel hasn't even loo
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Anne
I was enthralled by this book from the beginning. Kyle, who is supposed to marry Lady Meriel entices his twin to go there in his place to get to know her. Of course, in spite of the fact that Meriel has been mute since a family tragedy, makes Dominic curious about this sprite. As they slowly become friends, Dominic begins to see that all is not as it seems, and that Meriel's family does not have her best interests at heart. Full of suspense, greed and tragedies, this book is a great read. Highly ...more
kris
Dominic is supposed to become acquainted with his brother's to-be-betrothed lady acquaintance, Merial, who everyone thinks is mad. THEY FALL IN LOVE.

1. There's a little bit of everything in this book, including: false identities; space-time twin feelings; auras; henna; the Magic Penis Cure©; tree-house sex; nefarious evil-doers hiding in plain sight; hasty marriages; the reconciliation of a well-divided family; etc.

It's a bit much.

2. MAGIC PENIS CURE!! Merial, who hasn't spoken since she was res
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Natalya
This regency romance is anything but proper, since animal lusts run wild. Drama of being the "other twin" keeps the suspense going, and his transformation from rake to lover is endearing. Throw The Aweful Tragedy of the past in, and its a rich plot. Good characters, lots of tension, Indian motifs, make it a saucy and different Regency read, with original drama, even some male/female stereotype role reversal. While in the beginning, the slow pace is a joy to savor, the last hundred pages make an ...more
Kelli
I really really loved this book - Its a lot more gentil and laid back then the ones Ive been reading but the Love story that blossomed between the Hero and Heroine was sooo beautifully written it was a pleasure to be gentily swept along with the characters.

The secondary characters are also very well written, I understand this is part of a series and Ill be checking shortly to see if the next book in the series tells the story of the Heros twin brother, whos heartbreak and strength of character i
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Cathy
Dominic Renbourne, segundo filho do conde de Wrexham, vive afastado do seu gémeo mais velho Kyle. Por isso, quando Kyle lhe propõe um esquema de louco de cortejar a noiva que lhe estava destinada e um suborno ieresistivel, Dominic concorda relutantemente. Dom vai, então, para Warfield Manor cortejar em lugar de seu irmão a Lady Meriel Grahame, uma herdeira bonita, com uma pequena falha: segundo os rumores, ela é louca. Meriel não fala uma palavra desde que regressou do cativeiro de um ano após o ...more
Belinda Kroll
Another book which tackles the aftermath of a traumatic event, this time the raid of a compound while in India which leads to the murder of the heroine’s parents. Meriel returns from India a mute, content to spend her days in her extensive English garden communing with nature and ignoring the pain of the human world. When Dominic arrives, having never been able to stand watching any animal hurt, he finds a kindred spirit in Meriel, despite her silence.

Though the plot is fairly standard for histo
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Christine
What an unusual story. After reading several books by Mary Jo Putney, I have to say this much: I never know quite what to expect. I'm not in love with her stuff, but I think it might be fun to pick them up, here and again, when I need a change from the same old same old.

The Wild Child is Meriel, a woman who, as a young child, watched her parents and dozens of others burn to death in a terrible fire. Afterward, she was a prisoner in India for over a year. When she returned to England, she didn't
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Ilze
Interesting reading for the most part, but the melodrama went over the top towards the end and instead of finishing the last page with a sigh of satisfaction, I was simply glad that it was over. The story is mostly told from the POV of the hero instead of the heroine. This was interesting, but I think it would have been better to have more of the heroine's POV, especially since she was such an unusual character and was obviously perfectly capable of thought and reflection. For me the heroine's r ...more
Vanessa
This book is supposed to have a potential. But I think Ms. Putney overdid it. The heroine who is considered to be a mad woman by the society. A heroine who never said a word. A pretty girl with a secret garden. And here comes the dashing gentleman visiting her in her enchanting garden. Ah,.. it should be good, it should be good.. I was telling myself. I should feel good for this. This story is well-plotted. Very nice, very nice. But, but, but, I guess it is too corny goddangit! For one, she does ...more
Anna Marie
I like books about mistaken identities. And madmen/women. This one had twin gentlemen trading places in regards to a betrothal to a lady who 'went mad' in a raid in India. It was... a lot.

And it was a good read. The writing was good, the characters were sound, the description was well done, there were enough twists and surprises to make the reader happy... but. BUT.

I think the problem is that I just have never been blown away by Mary Jo Putney. This isn't my first time reading her. And each time
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Maureen Rostad
I read The China Bride before I read The Wild Child because it was available at the library. MJP spins a good tale and her books are not full of descriptive fluff. However, while I liked this book, I did not love this book.

My two problems were how many psychological issues -- between different characters -- could be so neatly wrapped up in a matter of mere months and how MJP handled psychology in her books.

I did not appreciate how MJP belittled most real psychological disorders by implying that
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Anna
Out of the ordinary story, interesting heroine suffering from childhood trauma. This one had it all--mystery, estranged twins, false imprisonment, special license marriage! I loved the treehouse. I want one.

Sabrina Jeffries
A very original tale about a seemingly mad young woman whose sheltered world is opened up when the hero shows her how not to fear. It was a heart-wrenching and beautiful tour-de-force. Putney never disappoints.
Kate McMurry
Mary Jo Putney at her best--which is stunning!

I love this story! The empathic, sensitive, animal-healing hero is to die for, and I really love the heroine, especially her psychic abilities and the way the hero and heroine both love animals so much and connect emotionally and spiritually over this love.

MJP's major talent is very much in evidence in every part of this story. I am in awe of her elegant use of flashbacks, the careful, believable, moving character development with great motivation, t
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Carole Rae
Not only is this the first of The Bride Trilogy, but this is also my first book by Mary Jo Putney. I've heard countless applauds from this author, so I decided to check her out! The first book I stumbled across was The China Bride, which I really wanted to read until I realized that it was the second book of three, so of course I had to read the first on first. Luckily for me it was on sale, so I snatched it up! I will say it here and now...Mary Jo Putney lived up to her good reviews.

This was an
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Jody
Wild Child is the first book in The Bride Trilogy. It is a very unique romance. It seems most romances have ideas that have all been done before. Mary Jo Putney manages to add a few new touches to this English romance.

Meriel is considered "mad" because she does not talk. This has been the case since witnessing her parents murder in India at the age of 5. However, Meriel really is just not listening and has become bored with people for the last 15 years and just tuning them out. She runs wild in
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Melody
This wasn't as good as the 2nd book The China Bride. I was hoping given the interesting premise and heroine I would delve right it into it. The heroine Lady Meriel Grahame hasn't talked for 15 years since the night her parents were killed in a violent ambush in India. She was kidnapped by the rebels who attacked their home and since then never spoke a word to anyone. She's considered 'mad' because of her lack of communication and odd eccentric nature. Dominic Renbourne has promised to take his t ...more
Heather
I quite like MJP's writing. I think it's much better than most of the other options in the genre which is why I keep reading her books.

I have one objection, which is not so much a problem with this book as it is with the conventions of romance in general. There's this notion that good sex with the Right Person can fix anything. No matter how great your childhood trauma, no matter how much you have suffered or been abused, that's the answer. I understand this is actually supposed to be about The
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Elizabeth
I really enjoyed this one. Through the relationship between Meriel and Dominic, MJP explores the idea of mental soundness, and what it means to be mad or sane. What is "normal" and what's the best way to treat people struggling with mental illness? These are questions we're still grappling with today, and I loved exploring them through the historical lens.

Both the hero and heroine are well-crafted characters. Meriel has retreated into the safety of her own mind following a harrowing experience d
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Julie
This may be one of the most imaginative historical romances I've ever read.
Kyle and Dominic are twins, Kyle being born first. This means Kyle is the official heir. The boys were close as children, but then their parents made a choice that caused a rift that never closed. But, Kyle now needs his brother to help him with a very delicate matter. Kyle has to see to some very painful and personal affairs, but he is supposed to meet and get to know his intended bride. So, he enlisted Dominic to woo t
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Barbara
Very well done. There was even a bit of a mystery that I didn't really expect. I was surprised to find I liked the book much better than I thought I would from reading the synopsis. It wasn't a book that telegraphed the whole story in the first couple chapters. Yes, I could tell who the H and h were right off, but the circumstances of Meriel's life were such that I wondered. "How is this ever going to work out?" Instead of the outspoken heroine whose mouth is constantly getting her into trouble, ...more
Cathy
This is a book that I decided not to finish because, for some reason, it just absolutely was not my thing. I felt angry at everyone, and after over 100 pages the prose didn't engage me enough to slog through my dislike of the characters.

Our hero's twin offers a share of the family estates if our hero woos and wins for the twin a wealthy lady who's believed to be mad. (Because a prospective wife, mad or not, is never going to realize the duplicity. Of course not.) The heroine experienced the slau
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J. Libby
Crazy, barefoot, artistic, gardener-heroine who isn't really crazy. She's only pretending to be because she has been through major childhood Trauma! Loved it. Loved that she was intentionally playing at madness because she wanted to do and be who she wanted to be. Sure it was an off-shoot of protective behavior developed after the night her parents were murdered and she was kidnapped ...

The narrative was a bit fractured, split between Meriel, Dominic, and Dominic's identical twin brother, Kyle.
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Deb
This romance is made interesting by the combination of twin suitors and a most unusual potential bride. The twins are Dominic and Kyle, sons of an Earl but only one can inherit, so when Kyle wants Dominic to stand in his place and court the potential bride--Meriel--he has quite the thing to bribe him with--the inheritance of an estate. Dominic reluctantly agrees, and since Meriel appears to be somewhat mad--she suffered a childhood trauma and since then has not spoken a word--both think that the ...more
Kristen
If you love magical historical romances, this is the one for you, the first of a trilogy. In the Wild Child, Lady Meriel Grahame lost her parents in a violent Indian raid when she was little and have come silent or "mad" since then. When Dominic Renbourne agrees to his twin brother's plan to pose as him with his courtship with her, things take a different turn. She listens to him and understands him. She creates henna designs and arranges wild flowers. But her two uncles have a plan for her--one ...more
Serban Georgiana
Tot timul am sustinut ca Mary Jo Putney este o autoare pe cinste.Cartile ei sunt bine scrise si pline de realism,iar de personaje nici nu va mai spun.
Nici aceasta carte nu este o exceptie de la regula,pentru ca mi-a placut in mod deosebit.
Este o carte plina de mister si suspans,in care ne este prezentata poveste de viata a unei tinere femei ,drumul lung pe care-l parcurge spre fericire.
Dominic Renbourne se da drept fratele lui geaman si astfel se indragosteste de enigmatica Meriel Grahame.Ceea c
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Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably
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