**spoiler alert** As I'm writing this review, I still have a few pages left to read. But I'm not expecting the story to be wrapped up too well. The Wi**spoiler alert** As I'm writing this review, I still have a few pages left to read. But I'm not expecting the story to be wrapped up too well. The Wildest Heart was a wild ride. Kind of all over the place, literally and figuratively. It begins in India, goes to London, and ends up in New Mexico and Texas. Rowena was raised by her grandfather in India. Her mother never loved her father and didn't want her. Her father had to flee England because he killed a couple of guys (the details escape me now). He was the heir to some title I don't remember. It never really seems to be important. He builds his fortune in America, gold I think, and ends up owning a ranch with a partner. He finds out Rowena's grandfather has died and that she is living in London, so he sends for her because he is dying and wants to see her before his death. Rowena, in the meantime, had been living with her mother and stepfather who has raped her and made her his mistress. She has learned to hide her emotions and adapt.
She takes advantage of the opportunity for escape and flees to Boston, then on to New Mexico. Her father, in the meantime, has died before her arrival but has left numerous journals of everything that has happened. He has left instructions for her to read them and they will explain everything. She doesn't, of course, She has inherited his half of the ranch which her partner thinks should belong to him. Plus we learn of some codicil to her father's will which seems important at the time, but we never learn its contents because he burned it (?).
So much happens to her, from being kidnapped by Apaches to becoming betrothed to her partner who only wants to possess her and her inheritance. She ends up in love with a half-breed Apache who has been accused of murder (details escape me) and is constantly on the run and hiding. He is in love with his step-mother. Weird. Anyway, Rowena ends up pregnant with either Lucas or her brother's baby (not sure we will ever really know). Because of that, she marries her partner's nephew who has been his attorney. He starts out a good guy and her best friend but turns out to be a scheming scoundrel. Every character has their own agenda and it seems that the author is going to reveal important details that will tie some of it together, and then no.
I have so lost track of who is doing what and why, that I just want the book to be over with. I like Rowena and Lucas, her half-breed love. And I want there to be an HEA. But at this point, I just don't see it happening. So as soon as I finish these last few pages, I will amend this review.
Since I now have finished the last 20 or so pages, I feel she did wrap everything up pretty well. There was an HEA for the H/h of sorts. But there were also some relationships that remained unsettled. Plus by the end of the book, some of the conflicts that were resolved were ones of which I couldn't even remember the details. There really were too many misunderstandings to keep track of, or I am just a shallow reader. But I still felt it was worth the read....more