ROMANCE

Wilde Child

Avon. (The Wildes of Lindow Castle, Bk. 6) Apr. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9780062878076. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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A seemingly stodgy ducal heir meets his match—a particularly improper member of the scandalous Wilde family. Thaddeus, Viscount Greywick, must marry a proper woman in order to keep the gossips at bay as his ailing father casts doubt on his legitimacy. Naturally, he falls for the theater-obsessed, likely illegitimate Lady Joan as he helps her fulfill her dream of playing the title role in Hamlet. James continues her latest series with the same mix of humor and emotion that has characterized the previous books. The funnier scenes are balanced with genuinely heartwrenching moments, particularly as Thaddeus navigates his feelings about his dying father. While some of the situations are downright farcical, the well-drawn characters keep the novel grounded.
VERDICT Longtime historical romance fans and newbies to the genre (particularly those whose interest was piqued by Bridgerton) will delight in this well-done addition to a solid series.
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