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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  956 ratings  ·  173 reviews
For fans of Diana Galbaldon’s Outlander series comes a gripping and passionate new historical novel. Intrigue, ancient secrets, fairy tales, and the glorious scenery of the Scottish borders drive the story of a woman who must find out who she really is.

Jesse Marley calls herself a realist; she’s all about the here and now. But in the month before Charles and Diana’s weddin
Paperback, 456 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Atria Books
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Hannah I'm about 1/3 of the way through it and there has been one scene that I just skipped. Besides that, there hasn't been anything else raunchy.

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3.5 stars

"The past bleeds into the present."

When Jesse Marley finds out she's been adopted, she leaves Australia and heads to Britain, her birthplace, to find answers and locate her birth mother. After she's involved in an accident in London she finds herself in hospital, under the care of Rory Brandon. But something strange begins to happen as right-handed Jesse starts drawing with her left hand. One drawing in particular of a castle, just happens to be one that Rory recognises as the castle on
Somewhere along the way I did not quite click with this book. I was okay with the two story lines and neither one outclassed the other so that was not an issue. The characters were reasonably drawn and I had an interest in how they would turn out. However the first two thirds of the book seemed very slow and there was no real link between the two stories. I admit to wishing the whole thing would hurry up. Towards the end it did and I had great hopes of a fantastic conclusion which would knock my ...more
Veronica ⭐️
It’s 1981 and Jesse arrives in London amidst the lead up to the wedding of Charles and Diana. Jesse is on a quest to find out who she really is. A quest which takes her from Sydney, Australia to the wilds of the English borderlands!
1831. Bayard and Maugris return from battle to find their older brother has wed and is ruling the estate, Hundredfield, with a cruel hand.

A hauntingly captivating story spanning centuries. Steeped in superstition, the supernatural, myth and legend it takes the reader
4.5 stars

In 1321 in the Scottish Borderlands, the de Dieudonne brothers, Maugris and Bayard were fighting with their men in the woods surrounding their home, Hundredfield castle. Their elder brother, Godefroi was back at the Keep, having recently married the Lady Flore. But the people of Hundredfield were uneasy – there was something about the Lady Flore they distrusted; there was hate and unrest all around the villages…

1981 in London, Jesse Marley had just arrived from Sydney, Australia – distr
☼♄Jülie 
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All lovers of a good read.
Recommended to ☼♄Jülie  by: Self.

Wild Wood by Posie Graeme The Evans

With thanks to NetGalley and the Publishers for my copy to read and review.

Told in two time frames, across historical borders this story does not disappoint!

Australia 1981 and Jesse Marley has just discovered she was adopted at birth in the UK and raised in Australia.

Against her parent's wishes, she makes plans to travel to the UK to find her birth mother. Anomalies on her Australian birth certificate raise suspicions so she uses the information she has so far
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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E-book gifted by NetGalley for review

Jesse Marley is a person on a mission, when she applies for a passport there is a discrepancy with her date of birth. Wondering what it means she confronts her parents to find out she is adopted. Determined to get to the bottom of what happened to her birth mother and why she gave her up, she heads for England. Once there she sets out to find where she came from but the fates have other ideas, instead of wandering aimlessly, not knowing where the start, her l
Australian woman Jesse Marley is in London in 1981, at the height of England’s celebrations for the upcoming marriage between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. A month earlier, her world had been turned upside down by the discovery that she was adopted.

With her emotions running high, she steps into the path of a motorcycle. Pretending she is fine, she bumbles her way into an old church and comes across a waitress named Alicia Donne, who arranges for a doctor friend, Rory Brandon, to help Je
Growing up in Australia Jesse Marley was shocked when she accidentally discovered that she was born in England and adopted at birth. When her parents refuse to tell her anything about her birth or original family, she travels to the UK to find out the truth herself. However, after an accident results in a head injury and hospitalisation, Jesse finds herself listening to a strange inner voice and drawing detailed pictures of a castle and place she has never seen.

This story is told in two time fra
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Advice from the dead, recommended by a stranger. That fits.’

When Jesse Marley applies for her first adult passport in 1981 as part of planning a surprise trip home to the UK from Australia with her parents, she finds there is a discrepancy about her birth registration. She asks her parents why, and finds that she was adopted. Jesse is devastated, and travels to the UK to see if she can find who her birth mother was, and why she was given up for adoption. Once in London, she has an accident. And
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Wild Wood is a dual narrative that draws you in from the very beginning and I was entranced by the hulking presence and history of Hundredfield; located on the Scottish borderlands. Jesse is the key to the past and her narrative in the 1980s is read alongside that of Bayard, a male character in the 1300s. I'll readily admit that I didn't want to leave Bayard's chapters at all, and each time I had to leave for one of Jesse's chapters I cried out nooooo in my head. I wanted to stay with this battl ...more
Andria Potter
2.5 stars rounded up to three.

Okay. The writing? Good. The setting? Also good.

But ugh, the characters. Rory was overall annoying af. Alicia came across as "meh" to me, in that most of the time it felt forced.

Jesse was incredibly irritating and at times, it felt as though she. Whined. Constantly.

I can see how this got compared to Outlander, I really can. But though it had potential it did not live up to what I hoped it would be.

I feel bad because I really wanted to like this book more than I
Posie Graeme-Evans' Wild Wood is a gripping parallel narrative set in the border lands between Scotland and England. The prologue begins with the Norman Fulk's conquest of local Saxons and the building of Hundredfields Keep on top of a sacred spring. The narrative then splits between the modern story - set in 1981 just before Dianna and Charles wedding - , where Jesse Marley begins her search for her birth parents, and the fourteenth century when the three Dieudonne brothers desperately defend F ...more
I am in intrigued with many of the books I have reviewed this year and this book is probably at the top of my favorites thus far. Many of us readers find the past so interesting to explore. Not only that but to get a glimpse of what might have been. In this story a young girl name Jesse discovers she is adopted and while she lives in Australia, she is not from there at all. So she takes a life changing and astonishing journey to Europe to find out who her birth family is. Her journey takes her t ...more
4.5 stars

I fell in love with Posie Graeme-Evans' writing almost 10 years ago after reading her War of the Roses trilogy. The cover of Wild Wood called my name, blessed by the cover fairies with what looks to me like Eilean Donan Castle. Then of course I noticed the author's name and when I finally read the synopsis, I was sold. And not disappointed ... this Australian author's writing has evolved over the years and Wild Wood is a beautifully refined story, compelling and evocative.

"The past ble
Rowena Holloway
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lose yourself in this outstanding tale of love, loss and the power of fate.

Aussie Jesse Marley’s search for her British roots is cut short when an accident sends her to St. Bart’s Hospital with a broken clavicle and concussion. Unable to communicate and forced to use her left hand to write, Jesse unlocks a talent for drawing; something she’s never mastered before now. But it’s what she draws that brings her closer to the secret of her birth. It’s a secret that echoes deep into the medieval past
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The beginning of this intriguing novel transports the reader to the windswept northern borderlands. It’s 1068 and William the Conqueror’s Norman bullies are spreading through the country, quelling rebellion wherever they find it. We witness the harsh stamping of their authority through the eyes of a frightened child. Hers is an important task; she must run to the sacred pool and make an offering to The Lady of
Wild Wood is an incredibly engaging read, but also a very slow read. It took me 4 days to get through it's 400-odd pages. It's also the rare novel where I found myself enjoying - and preferring - one storyline over the other: Bayard's tale was fascinating and I couldn't wait to return to it. While I wish there would have been more of a time travel element (especially since it's shelved as such on GoodReads) the expectation of one was completely my fault in not reading the summary properly. Posie ...more
Kate Forsyth
WILD WOOD is a dual timeline narrative that moves between the Scottish Borderlands in the 14th century and an unhappy young woman in the 1980s who finds herself compelled to draw the same Scottish castle over and over again.

I love stories with parallel timelines, particularly with a good dash of romance, history and magic added in, and I love books set in Scotland, so all the ingredients were in place for a really wonderful read.

I must admit I loved the scenes set in the past more – the story of
Peta Benjamin
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Posie Graeme-Evans has such a wonderful writing style, she writes her books in such a way that you are drawn in by the very first page and don't want to put it down until the last. I inhaled every word, didn't skip one and when I was finished I was wanting more. The characters were strong and I found myself pushing them to hurry and give me their story but also not wanting them to go too fast. I very much enjoyed going back and forwards from the 1300s to present time, I wanted to know everything ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
What we have here is a book within a book. Unfortunately the story within the story is more interesting than the original story. I'm sorry, was that confusing?

It was good until about half way through. Unfortunately the past was too awkwardly tied to the present and the mirror plot felt redundant. I feel that if the author had set the book either entirely in the 1300s or entirely in the present day it would have made for a much better flow of the story.

So in short, borrow from a library.
I had high hopes for this one - medieval Scotland! I haven't found a lot of authors who write historical fiction set in the middle ages that doesn't revolve around royalty. This is my second book by Ms. Graeme-Evans (the first was also set in medieval Scotland), and as much as I loved her t.v. series McLeod's Daughters, her books just haven't done much for me. A hundred pages in and I don't really care about any of the characters - they just bug me! When I'm not looking forward to picking up the ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. I didn't know how I would handle the 14th century part of it but, as I love a story in split time zones, as the story proceeded I became more absorbed the complete story, in both times. if anything, this book has created a fascination for me in the history of earlier centuries that I will continue to follow. my particular interest and fascination in earlier times has so far limited me to my favourite period in time...the first decades of the 20th century.
Really good Fabulous narration...

...more to come
Anabella Wake
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I WILL be reading more from this terrific Australian writer, oh yes indeed!
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
Do not read if you expect something like Outlander. Nothing like it. It was a bit "meh".
Karen Laird
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love historical fiction. I can get lost in the pages of a well written book and I found myself lost in just such a book when I opened the pages to WILD WOOD, by Posie Graeme-Evans. This gem is a historical fiction with an overlay of not time travel, but not really fantasy either. It is a mix of folklore, historical fiction and an interesting current time mystery with just a touch of a love story to keep the love forlorn interested and turning the page
Angela S Walton
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Much thanks to Anna O’Grady of Simon & Schuster Australia, for offering me this opportunity to review an advance hard copy of Wild Wood.)

Hundredfield! Does it exist? It just has to, somewhere.

Posie Graeme-Evans’ description of Hundredfield castle is painted so vividly in my mind that it now breathes a life of its own…

I just love how the author managed to weave back and forth through time in such a way that it never lost connection with the reader. What link could Hundredfield, built in 1068 by
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Scottish borders is the ideal backdrop for Posie Graeme-Evans sixth novel Wild Wood, which contains a beautiful blend of history and myth. The story opens in June 1981 (in the weeks just prior to Prince Charles wedding to Diana Spencer,) with Jesse Marley, a young, Australian woman who has just discovered that she is adopted and has travelled to Scotland to discover more about her birth. Meanwhile, another narrative tells of the same place in a different time in history. Bayard Dieudonne is ...more
Wild Wood is an intriguing story of one family’s existence through the ages. A family with a folklore that is living to ensure their continuity & maybe even prosperity. The novel spans 6 centuries of secrets hidden in a little town by the Scottish borders.

This tale is told from 2 perspectives: Jesse in 1981 and Bayard in 1321. Jesse had recently found out that she was adopted and is in doubt of her identity. She is looking for her birth parents and by several incidents, she got to Hundredfield w
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Running on dual time lines Wild Wood is true escapism.

In 1981 when Jesse Marley accidentally finds out she is adopted, she cuts all ties with her adoptive parents and travels to England to find her birth mother. While there she is involved in an accident and suffers a head injury. Her doctor, Rory Brandon becomes intrigued when he discovers she has drawn some pictures of which he recognises the castle. He convinces her to undertake some hypnotherapy to discover what is happening and also to come
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Posie Graeme-Evans has worked in the Australian film and television industry for the last twenty-five years as an editor, director, and producer on hundreds of prime-time television programs, including McLeod's Daughters and Hi-5. She lives in Sydney with her husband and creative partner, Andrew Blaxland.

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