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When she sees an advertisement in the newspaper for a man who is looking for a wife willing to travel to Maine to look out for his two children, Delia eagerly responds. I love Ty’s idealistic nature and how he wants to help people and tries to stand up for yearnnig oppressed. Ever since her mother died, her father has wiod the bottle pretty hard, and he’s a mean drunk. Penelope Williamson Star Rating: It was a roller-coater ride I was all too happy to take with these characters.

As a result, he grew up among the Abenaki people with an Indian step-father he revered. The characters were very relatable and the plot was engaging. Abused by her drunken father and struggling for survival on the Boston waterfront as a tavern serving wench, Delia McQuaid longs for a better life, one in which she’s a respectable lady. This is a dramatic story with lots of twists and turns that keep the hero and heroine apart for much of the book, yet unlike some other books I’ve read where this was the case, I always felt the love and emotional connection between them.

More than anything, she yearns to be a respectable lady. The other thing Ms. A Wild Yearning By: Nat’s two daughters, Meg and Tildy, were perfectly rendered.

However, I wasn’t overly perturbed by it, because it’s obvious that he regrets that decision from the minute the wedding begins. Delia and Ty’s romance is one fraught with heartache, passion, and danger, but through it all Delia is a trooper. Not that we don’t get Ty’s or other characters’ 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.


I first read A Wild Yearning probably more than twenty years ago, so when I picked it up for a reread, I remembered very little about the story. 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. If only he’d realized he was falling in love with her before it was too late I very much look forward to exploring her backlist soon.

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I felt like I got to know each one in spite of some not being on the canvas for very long. He brought his knowledge back to the Colonies, where he lives in the small settlement of Merrymeeting, much to his grandfather’s chagrin.

Raised among the Indians but educated abroad in England, Doctor Tyler Savitch is a man with a wiilliamson in two worlds.

He has a hard time living with himself after that, but the deep abiding connection between him and Delia is willimason there, even as she’s trying to make a life with someone else. He’s attracted to Delia’s spunky spirit from the moment he first meets her, but he has no intention of falling in love or marrying the wench.

It’s superb in every way. Still, Ty can’t seem to resist the lovely Delia, who gets under his skin at every turn. I loved watching her grow and change, facing the challenges set before her with grace and dignity. The thing I loved most about Delia is that she has a huge heart with lots of selfless love to give.

She hopes it won’t come to that though, and that along their journey, he will come to realize he loves her as much as she loves him, especially after he sweetly makes love to her in the forest. After experiencing a great deal of loss in his life, he’s very reluctant to love anyone. She’s tough as nails, a real fighter, who always tries to make the best of difficult circumstances. Although Ty never got along with his grandfather, the man sent him to England where he was highly educated and became a doctor.


The stand-outs include, Nat, the man who Ty brought Delia to marry.

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I can totally see why this book won the Rita award. I did seem to recall that I’d enjoyed it, and my reread of it proved that to be quite true. She tries to see the good in everyone, even when they aren’t willing to give her the same chance.

Even when faced with marrying a man she doesn’t love and someday possibly watching the man she does love marry someone else, Delia is up to the challenge, prepared to rejoice in his happiness if that time comes.

Meg is still grieving her mother, and she’s the rebellious one who doesn’t want a step-mother. She doesn’t really know the first thing about how to accomplish that, but she’s a quick learner when opportunities present themselves.

This book not only incorporates this era, but is also very well-researched. From the moment he meets Delia, Ty is deeply attracted to her, but he has no intention of falling in love with her.

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These books would be appropriate for teen and sensitive readers. The author really brought the setting to life with her vivid descriptions of life in a small settlement in Colonial Maine as well as pnelope environmental details that truly made me feel like I’d been transported to another time and place. There was absolutely nothing about this book I would have changed, making it an incredibly enjoyable reread for me.