Title: The Wildest Heart
Author: Rosemary Rogers
Lady Rowena Dangerfield travels from the exotic palaces of India to the splendor of the Royal Court of London to the savage New Mexico frontier to lay claim to her inheritance and live freely as only she would dare. In the violent, untamed American Southwest, she finally meets a man as strong as she is: Lucas Cord, a dark, dangerously handsome, half-Apache outlaw. Fighting scandal, treachery, and murder, Luke is determined to have Rowena for his own, and as their all-consuming passion mounts, no one is going to stop him.
Normally I like to give my own synopsis of the book, but I did not think that I could condense this succinctly enough without giving away some of the many plots! This book was originally published in 1974 and I believe that parts of it would have been quite scandalous back then! I was very surprised at some of the twists and turns myself in 2009! I like Lady Rowena. She was like a little spitfire and was always ready with a sharp retort. She was not going to let anyone walk all over her and tried to use whatever situation she found herself in to her advantage. Whether this be as a girl in India, a young lady in London, or an heiress to a ranch in New Mexico. At over 700 pages, be ready for a ride when you open the cover. I am always scared to accept such big books for review, but this one did not disappoint. It is very complex with many plots among a myriad of characters and family members. This book contained scandals, affairs, rapes, kidnaps and a journey to understand a feud that has lasted for generations, but let's not forget the passion and romance! It would make a great movie or maybe a mini-series would be more in line for it. It is a great book and I recommend it!
The Wildest Heart
Publisher/Publication Date: Sourcebooks (original publication 1974) re-issue, Nov 2009