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The author really brought the setting to life with her vivid descriptions of life in a small settlement in Colonial Maine as well as the environmental details that truly made me feel like I’d been transported to another time and place. Even after discovering that she really was a virgin, he keeps his heart locked up tight, turning her over to the other man upon their arrival in the settlement.

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Instead, he’s determined to deliver her as promised to the man in Merrymeeting who asked him to place the ad. I was also quite taken with Caleb and Elizabeth, the preacher and his wife, who travel with Ty and Delia to Merrymeeting to start a church there.

From the moment he meets Delia, Ty is deeply attracted to her, but he has no intention of falling in love with her. When she first meets Ty, she’s very rough around the edges.

Yeearning is the focal point of the story and a very strong female protagonist. Nat’s two daughters, Meg and Tildy, were perfectly rendered. If only he’d realized he was falling in love with her before it was too late After experiencing a great deal of loss in his life, he’s very reluctant to love anyone.


Delia is more than willing to follow the man with the magical healing hands anywhere, even if it means having to marry another. Ever since her mother died, her father has hit the bottle pretty hard, and he’s a mean drunk. We always endeavor not to give away endings or major plot twists in either yearnning synopses yearnong reviews, however they may occasionally contain information which some readers might consider to be mild spoilers.

That’s why she’s definitely earned a spot among my favorite romance heroines.

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The secondary characters, of which there are many, are extremely well-drawn. He’s attracted to Delia’s spunky spirit from the moment williwmson first meets her, but he has no intention of falling in love or marrying the wench. Tildy is sweet and inquisitive and seems to love everyone, including Delia. He’s jealous and protective, but doesn’t realize that he’s falling in love with her until much later when it’s already too late.

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He often beats her and steals the money she earns at her job to support his habit. It’s superb in every way. She falls in love at first sight with the dashing doctor, only to find out that he placed the ad for another man from the Maine settlement where he lives. Not that we don’t get Ty’s or other williamso POVs, but I felt like the book was more about Delia’s journey from a grog shop serving girl in Boston to the more respectable woman she longs to be.

She doesn’t really know the first thing about how to accomplish that, but yyearning a quick learner when opportunities present themselves. When it seems like they can finally be together, Ty isn’t the least bit shy about showing Delia just how passionately in love with her he is. A Wild Yearning By: May contain moderately descriptive love scenes, usually no more than three. I did seem to recall that I’d enjoyed it, and my reread of it proved that to be quite true.


The thing I loved yearniing about Delia is that she has a huge heart with lots of selfless love to give. The main characters also spend time among the Abenaki Indians, which was equally as engaging. In fact, the title is quite apt, as the author is very talented at bringing out that deep sense of yearning in both of them until they finally come together once and for all.

I can totally see why this book won the Rita award. Perhaps because of her background, she isn’t judgmental of others. Everyone, including Ty, thinks she’s a fallen woman, but in reality, she had enough pride and wi,liamson to avoid prostituting herself to earn money, a fact which I admired.

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Meg is still grieving her mother, and she’s the rebellious one who doesn’t want a step-mother. Not recommended for under 18 or sensitive readers. He has a hard time living with himself after that, but willuamson deep abiding connection between him and Delia is still there, even as she’s trying to make a life with someone else.

I love Penelope Prnelope writing style. He’s obviously only taking another wife as a matter of necessity.

Overall, A Wild Yearning was an incredibly well-written and engaging story that I hated to see end when I turned the last page.