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After experiencing a great deal of loss in his life, he’s very reluctant to love anyone. He was born into wealth and privilege, but when he was only six, his father was killed in an Indian raid, in which Ty and his mother were taken captive. Raised among the Indians but educated abroad in England, Doctor Tyler Savitch is a man with a foot in two worlds.

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.

A Wild Yearning

She doesn’t really know the first thing about how to accomplish that, but she’s a quick learner when opportunities present themselves. Everyone, including Ty, thinks she’s a fallen woman, but in reality, she had enough pride and backbone yearnong avoid prostituting herself to earn money, a fact which I admired. Nat’s two daughters, Meg and Tildy, were perfectly rendered. This is a dramatic story with lots of twists and turns that keep the hero and heroine apart prnelope 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.

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

Penelope Williamson

He often beats her and steals the money she earns at her job to support his habit. This book not only incorporates this era, but is also very well-researched. 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. Tildy is sweet and inquisitive and seems to love everyone, including Delia.


A Wild Yearning is an epic love story that spans about a year and a half from start to finish, but it never felt artificially drawn out or tedious. I love Ty’s idealistic nature and how he wants to help people and tries to stand up for the oppressed.

In spite of her telling him otherwise, he thinks she sold her body in addition to drinks at the grog shop where she worked. The stand-outs include, Nat, the man who Ty brought Delia to marry. To the best of my recollection, A Wild Yearning is the only book I’ve read by Penelope Williamson, but this time around, it most certainly isn’t going to be my last.

More than anything, she yearns to be a respectable lady. From the moment he meets Delia, Ty is deeply attracted to her, but he has no intention of falling in love with her.

Penelope Williamson

Still, Ty can’t seem to wipliamson the lovely Delia, who gets under his skin at every turn. I felt like I got to know each one in spite of some not being on the canvas for very long.

Penelope Williamson Star Rating: 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. 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. I love Penelope Williamson’s writing style.

May wjld moderately descriptive love scenes, usually no more than three. May contain a number of explicitly descriptive love scenes. 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.

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.

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. He brought his knowledge back to the Colonies, where he lives in the small settlement of Merrymeeting, much to his grandfather’s chagrin. She’s tough as nails, a real fighter, who always tries to make the best of difficult circumstances.


She falls in love at first sight with the handsome doctor who placed the ad, but she soon learns that he did yearjing for a wikd in his small Maine settlement, not for himself. Not recommended for under 18 or sensitive readers.

I very much look forward to exploring her backlist soon. There was absolutely nothing about this book I would have changed, making it an incredibly enjoyable reread for me. Caleb is sweet and caring, obviously loving his wife to distraction. 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.

These books should still be appropriate for most mature yyearning and sensitive readers. Williamson is extremely good at is drawing the historical setting.

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.

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.

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