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Wild at Heart

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  590 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1997)
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Oct 14, 2010 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Unique Romances, Beta Heroes, Virgin Heroes
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" Wild at Heart is a beautiful and unique book, perhaps not to literature in general, since it's overarching plot of a “lost man” being found in the wilderness apparently unable to speak is reminiscent of stories such as Tarzan or The Jungle Book. However, for the romance genre, it is definitely an unusual tale. Patricia Gaffney certainly appears to have done her homework, giving the reader authentic historical and scientific tidbits throughout the novel. The he
I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I stayed up way too late reading it and was tired at work today, but it was worth it. The premise is pretty out there but it was executed and written really well and you just go with it.

Michael is one of my favorite romantic heroes now. He was lost in the Canadian wilderness as a child and raised at first by Indians for a year and he lived among wolves. All this happens before the book starts.

He is found in his 20's and taken for some sociological experime
Kim H
I thought this story was darned near as good as it gets. It's very touching and funny, and has a unique storyline - my #1 criteria for an exceptional romance. The secondary characters were very lively and well written, the story vivid and highly evocative. Michael is the quintessential perfect hero; I loved everything about him, and will probably always regard him as one of my favorite romance heroes of all time. He's a man of strong character, convictions & courage, and even though he is co ...more
This is one of my most comforting of comfort reads. I adore this story of Michael MacNeil and his poignant return to civilization. I love the slow realization that Michael is an intelligent young man who was just lost in the wilderness for years. The growing love between Michael and the young widow Sydney Barrow is tender, funny, touching and all things that are good. I want to cry every time I read about Michael's loneliness. This book is easily one of my top 10 of all time reading. I wish they ...more
Unique with a great cast of characters.
I loved this book, it took me to a place where only a good author can take a reader. I was truly satisfied reading this story, it was lively, sweet and just a little bit wild. I fell in love with Michael but he seemed almost too fragile for the world he was thrust into. It would have been amazing if he had not turned out to be some baron or nobleman, just a regular man who was lost as a child, but this is a historical and some title-dropping has to happen
Wild at Heart by Patricia Gaffney was an enjoyable read for me. It moved along at a steady pace and kept me interested in the characters and the outcome pretty much the whole way through. The majority of the characters were weaved into the storyline perfectly. I cared for the outcome of Sydney and Michael and was hoping they would achieve a happy ending. What made this story so enjoyable for me was the main character Michael MacNeil. He was so sensitive and true to his feelings and emotions, tha ...more
Mar 11, 2013 Pixelinchen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Pixelinchen by: Smart Bitch Sarah
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It is entirely the fault of the fine ladies at Smart Bitches Trashy Books that I picked up an ebook copy of Patricia Gaffney's Wild at Heart, which showed up on Smart Bitch Candy's list of books with Schlocky Premises But Good Executions. And let's face it, folks, "boy raised by wolves" is a pretty schlocky premise to start with. But yeah, Smart Bitch Candy is right. Gaffney pulled off a surprisingly charming little novel here.

It's 1893, and Sydney Darrow, after the death of her young husband, h
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*Meh*. I started it, but really struggled with the dull language, wooden characterizations, and too much "telling" and not enough "showing."

It was also really hard to pinpoint exactly WHEN the story was taking place. There were moments when the characters referenced taking the train from the suburbs into downtown Chicago, but then other times when the behaviors and mores seemed early Victorian. I wasn't ever able to get an actual year and that bothered me. I think this is because as a reader of
V.J. Chambers
This was lovely. Just a very nice feel-good story. I read it to get in the mood for the story I'm writing now about a werewolf who can't remember how to be a man, and I think it influenced me well in that regard. But beyond that, it was quite touching and nice. I really liked it.
I found out about this little gem on Nalini Singh's blog (love her writing BTW).
The storyline is a little different take on the usual family taking in a stranger theme. I found it interesting the evolution of Michael as a "civilized" individual. He really is the heart of this story and I was always delighted by his thoughts and actions. Sydney was a bit passive as a heroine, but an interesting contrast to Michael's passion and joie de vivre. I didn't really care for Sydney's family, with the exc
Wicked Incognito Now
Entirely lovely.

The storyline is one that Candy on the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog would call "schlocky." In 1893, a man who was left in the wild as a boy, presumed dead and grew up on his own with only animals for companions is found and being studied by heroine's professor father.

This is sort of Tarzan and Jane storyline. Sydney, the heroine, takes the hero (Michael) under her wing to introduce him to the human world and human way of doing things. There's such a sweetness and innocence ab
A slow-moving story, told in small details. The hero is the brave innocent, a Galahad from out of time and society, who sees people's intentions without regard to their social context or niceties. The heroine of course found his interest unsettling but is full of compassion for the beautiful man raised by apes. The first half of the book is very sweet.

The story then decends into the banal as ** spoiler! ** he is found, fortuitously, to be the long lost son of an aristocrat, and is therefore a mo
I am honestly really tempted to give this one five stars. I thought it was lovely, charming, and moving. The emphasis on animals throughout really worked for me. I don't think I can quite do it, though. Basically, I'm torn between ranking it 5 stars as the best romance novel I've read (so far) and therefore at the top of its class and ranking it 4 stars because it doesn't match up to my all-time favorite novels in general. I just don't know. If the book sticks with me I might come back and re-st ...more
Allevato dai lupi

Autore: Patricia Gaffney

Titolo originale: Wild at heart

Genere: storico

Editore: Euroclub

Trama: Lo chiamano l‘“uomo perduto”. È bello, selvaggio, ribelle; è stato allevato dai lupi, non comprende il linguaggio degli uomini, non conosce la civiltà. E ora che è prigioniero di un gruppo di scienziati che vogliono osservarlo, esaminarlo, studiarlo, tutti lo trattano molto più come un animale ch ecome un essere umano. Solo Sydney, la figlia di un rinomato antropologo, riesce a leggere
This turned out pretty good. I liked the plot although I had wondered earlier where the story was going after they discovered he wasn't really feral but could talk and read etc. A nice little book not deep but well written. Enough that I could give this author another try. She might never be a favorite but not one I never want to see again. The historical aspect seemed well done and there were no blatant anachronisms.
This was just wonderful. The story. The writing style. The characters. I had moments of angst, fear, laughter, tears and joy. I just really, really, enjoyed this book.
Mar 21, 2009 new_user marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
O.M.G. Tarzan in print? Heck yeah. LOL.
I was really ambivalent about this. I really liked Michael, the Hero, as we see him learn to fit into the larger, "real" world and he learns that humans are not always so honest. He isn't as wild as everyone thinks, he's very intelligent and he feels deeply. And he falls for Sydney, the oldest daughter of the family that has taken him in to study him. Sydney is not my favorite character. She's spoiled and vain, but I know she was like that to contrast Michael and so her growth is rather obvious. ...more
What a touching story. Fantastic. The premise was a bit out there and I didn't think it would be believable, but I found it to be executed well. While the story was reminiscent of stories like Tarzan, I found it completely unique in the Romance genre. The writing had me glued to the pages time and again.

I absolutely loved Michael. He wasn't the usual alpha male we see in romances. And it felt so refreshing to read. He was sweet, funny, thoughtful, selfless and he didn't even understand the conce
Can you imagine what would happen if you were a child and civilization was lost to you? No one to take care of you. Teach you. Love you. WILD AT HEART is the story of a young boy who lost his parents. Add to his confusion and grief the fact that he now lives in a unknown land and comes upon both unsavory and well-meaning characters in the form of humans and animals. And for years, this is his life.

Time continues on until one day he is caught. Believed to be 'the lost man' he is poked and prodded
I agree with many of the other reviewers of this book: Although the premise was somewhat unbelievable, Patricia Gaffney pulled if off beautifully in this well written, charming love story set in the 1890's about a young man who has been discovered in the Canadian wilderness after surviving a boating accident as a child. Excited by the opportunity to study a "wild man" dubbed "Ontario Man," the University of Chicago anthropology department has put him in the care of Professor Winter who lives out ...more
I went and bought an actual in-hand copy --with real pages-- of this book because I couldn't buy it on Kindle.

And I did not like it.

Maybe my palate for enjoying these kinds of books has changed, because this was such a depressing story.

The only thing I did like about this book was hero Michael MacNeil. His sweetness and innocence was wonderful. But the rest... Depressing.

I wanted to love it. I really did. But I can't even finish it. I got to the point where they found out where he came from and
Judi Lacanlale
This is absolutely the sweetest love story I have ever read--and I've read hundreds. I see now why it's on the Greatest Love Story list ever. It deserves to be on top of that list. I couldn't put this book down. It was so lovely, sweet, quiet and deeply felt love story with a Tarzan twist. One of my favorite parts was when Michael wanted to give a gift back to Sydney and thought catching a live fish and giving it as a gift would be the loveliest thing to do. It was so heartfelt and so endearing ...more
Jessica Reese
Sep 29, 2007 Jessica Reese rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Note to Gaffney readers: If you like Circle of Three and the Saving Graces you will most likely NOT appreciate this book. I read the Saving Graces and Circle of Three and loved the way Gaffney handled the complicated relationships between friends, mothers, grandmothers, and daughters. I would recommend both.

Unfortunately, while this book may be accomplished for its genre (romances) the writing style and themes are no where near as compelling as the other Gaffney books I have read. The characters
Geeze! All I can say is THANK GOODNESS, IT'S FINALLY OVER!!!! Don't get me wrong, it was a good book overall, but the longish chapters drove me nuts for one reason or another (that I have no clue what it is just that I didn't like it-LOL)!! I don't know, I was just really looking forward to when this book would be over. I did like both Michael and Sydney, and Syd's family for that matter. I liked reading about how Michael slowly started to remember stuff about his past, and what happened to him ...more
The problem with romance novels is that you can't tell the difference (on the cover) between an idiotic one and one that is well-written entertainment. This one was recommended by the "Smart Bitches, Trashy Books" guide, and it was great. It is kind of like "Hatchet," in that a young boy gets lost in the wilderness when his aunt and uncle take him camping. (They drown crossing a river.) Anyway, it was set at the turn of the century, and when the boy (now a man) comes back in contact with human s ...more
First time I read the synopsis, I knew it will be wonderful book for me.
Because the unique theme, at first.
Then the way the 'lost man' thinks in 'human world'. The way author told their story makes me smile, think, and cry , one way or another.

I love the 'impression' he got from his new environment.
Sometime it chaotic, and another time it's barbaric and we called it 'civilized'.

When he me 'her women', all new things come surface.
Really it's make my reading a pleasurable time.

Three word
Wonderful story of a "wild man" who learns who he is, how to love, and just how to cope in our world. I loved seeing the evolution of Michael and the romance was beautiful! Well done!
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Patricia Gaffney was born in Tampa, Florida, and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, and also studied literature at Royal Holloway College of the University of London, at George Washington University, and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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