Too Wilde to Wed

Written by Eloisa James
Review by Monica E. Spence

This is the second of “The Wildes of Lindow Castle” series.

1778. Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde is the future Duke of Lindow: wealthy, handsome, and jilted. Upon returning from his military service in the colonies, he finds his former fiancée, Lady Diana Belgrave, ensconced in the family manse as the governess to his youngest sister, Artemisia. Her powered wig, wide panniers, and lip paint are gone, replaced by a mob cap, a worn black dress, and a grubby apron marked by child-sized handprints. What happened to the fashionable lady who had broken his heart? And who was the father of Godfrey, the toddler boy sharing the nursery with Artie?

Embarrassed to be discovered at his home, Diana defends her employment, but she is close-mouthed about Godfrey’s parentage. As their romance rekindles, North and Diana must learn the value of honesty and the importance of being themselves rather than creatures of society.

Eloisa James has a talent for both characters and plot, which makes her novels a joy to read, no matter the period in which she sets her story. Her research is flawless and subtle, and the storyline is both fun and thought-provoking. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys historical romance.