I enjoyed this book but found the Hero's "poor pitiful me" attitude a little wearing. I am also not a fan of the abandonment theme. Now that I have stated what I don't like about his book let me get to what I did like: The Heroine. She is a survivor. She does not fall on her knees at life's little (or big) bumps and blame those around her. She observes and adapts...and I really appreciate that behavior. I did think that she was a little too quick to forgive the Hero but it worked in the story. I would recommend this book to my friends.
really good book! i loved it!
The heroine, Margery, was held captive for 20 yrs. of her life. During that time she has been traded through three different Indian tribes. While in the middle of another trade, Will, the hero, encounters the negotiation. He decides right then and there to purchase her and make her his bride for the purpose of getting back at his dad. Margery, unaware of the true purpose of his "heroic" act, looks at Will as her savior.
When they arrive at Will's family home on Christmas Eve, he and his father exchange angry words and he leaves Margery. In that moment she realizes his true purpose for marrying her. Broken hearted, abandoned and betrayed, she hardens her heart and with the help of her mother-in-law she no longer is the "little savage" Will deemed her to be. Margery is accepted by the ton and learns to be independent.
All the while, Will is in America with his dying friend pining away for Margery. After two yrs Will returns home to find his shy and submissive wife is no longer. However he prefers the new headstrong Margery than the meek and biddable Margery. After a couple rounds of battle of the wills, they finally come together.
This book is part of a series, but the only one I read. It can be read as a stand alone. It was a great read, but my only complaint was the battle of wills was too brief. After two yrs being away, I felt, Will should have fought harder and longer to win his wife back. And I know I know, his physical ailment is the reason it brought them together sooner than it would have otherwise, but I felt he owed her more than, what was it, two weeks of trying to win her over? The could've added a couple more pages with him on his knees... ^_^
The ending was quite lovely and was the perfect ending to the series. Even though I didn't read the other books, it just seemed to fit.