Wild Heart
Lori Brighton
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Wild Heart
Lori Brighton
400 pages
November 2009
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Wild Heart isn't entirely run-of-the-mill like so many books in this genre. Lori Brighton's debut novel shows promise and features some interesting aspects. It's also actually a longer novel than usual, with over 400 pages of fairly small type. You get a lot for your money with the introductory price, and it's worth it.

Orphaned Ella Finch has been sent to be a governess to a boy - Leo - who is due to inherit a title from his grandfather and needs to learn his manners. Ella is distinctly surprised to discover, however, that Leo is not a boy but actually older than her; lost in the African jungle for years, he has only just been rediscovered. She's not even  initially sure if this mysterious and slightly frightening character can speak.

Ella herself has some secrets, and as she bonds with Leo and begins to understand him, she realizes that he is practicing a deception of his own. A relationship of trust and friendship is building, but can she let him know her secret? And why is it that people seem to be attempting to kill Leo - perhaps even her?

Wild Heart is a good read, although the tinge of paranormal in the story might not be to every reader's taste. The action is sometimes rather slow, but overall the two interesting and complex lead characters carry the book. As the tale wraps up (although not entirely - I presume there will be sequel), the pacing goes a little awry and the end rather rushes towards us, with some unexpected changes of idea that don't always settle well. But, overall, I liked reading this book and feel that it shows promise for the author.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2010

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