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The Wild Heart Paperback – June 2, 2012
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Good ladies reader & did keep me interested till the end
This African tale has a gutsy & lying heroine, Georgina, who got knocked up by her peer childhood friend. He thought she was good enough for a mistress, a Reverend's daughter, but not good enough for his wife. She flees to her brother in Africa & tells no one about her condition. She arrives with a baby & a story of her dead hubby, Captain Granville, but discovers her brother is dead. She now lives with her son James, Sara & her precocious daughter, Juliette, who are more like servants than slaves.
Anton Villion may look & dress as a beggar, but he really is very wealthy. He travels thru Arifca with his trusted friend, Kop, & is a trader, hunter & transports goods. Anton's best friend is James, Georgina's brother, & he always stops by James' plantation, Leeuwfontein, during his treks home to Cape Town. On his last trip, he find a lost survive of a Dutch Company, a small untalkative Dirk, that he plans to reunite with family. Anton shows up at James, is so NOT welcomed by James' uppity & gorgeous sister, told of James' death & is almost denied to stay the night, but he gives Georgina no choice & camps out back.
Georgina & Anton are like oil & water, but shivers are riding thru Georgina body when she looks at him. Anton leaves Dirk because he becomes ill with a high fever & Georgina gets irate at him. He is so pissed off by her rudeness, that his parting words are that James didn't own this plantation anymore, he does. While he is in Cape Town, his well meaning sister tries to get him to marry. Georgina is back on the land trying to make it work & profitable, so maybe Anton will let her stay. Anton writes her that she has 6 months before she needs to leave. Evil is afoot in both their lives & it will try & destroy them both. Anton becomes betrothed to a Louisa, a botanist's daughter & she wants him to leave Africa for her home in England. Georgina is wooed badly by her neighbor who thinks only beaten slaves are good slaves. Can these 2 see the evil before it devastated their lives? When will Anton see that Africa is his home forever? Can Georgina accept her lot in life & embrace all of Africa? Can their mix & match family work?
This is my first Gina Rossi book & it came all the way from England. I won it & this book had to journey of it's own, across the dangerous Postal services of 2 countries. Georgina was a gutsy heroine, for her time, to leave all she knew to go to the unknown of her brother's new world. I love gutsy heroines & Georgina fought for her small son, the plantation even thou she could of lost it & her blended family with Sara, Juliette & Dirk. Anton was a manly hero with all his travels, but he did have a gooey heart for those he loved. It took a rough ride for him to see what his life should be & I loved all his mistakes along the way! Ms. Rossi got me with the evilness aplenty in this tale & had many shocking surprises for me that I couldn't wait to turn the page. My only wish was for some steamy scenes, but I enjoyed the many other aspects of this adventure. Africa was front & center in this tale & is a character all by itself & she showed the beauty & the ugly truth of surviving there. With her childhood love, Ms. Rossi writes about African's majestic mountains, beautiful plants, mean rhinos, dangerous lions, the heavy rains & the merciless high waters. Her love of it flowed thru each word, paragraph & page & I did imagine myself with my boots kicked up at the nightly campfire & making my SMORES for Juliette & Dirk! I am a Gina Rossi (insert pompoms here) newest fan & I can't wait to read the next ADVENTURE! I give this Africa adventure a score of 3 fingers up & 8 toes because I loved a tale of fighting for true love in an exotic place that I now love!