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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Wildwood is historical romantic fiction written by Katharine Kincaid. Emma Whitefield was stunned to hear that her father has left her destitute and willed his entire estate to her brother Oliver. She's thrilled when an elderly servant brings her a box that had been entrusted to him by her mother before she died. In it is a letter, a deed to land in India, a string of pearls and a single ruby. Emma's mother wrote about her love for Major Ian Castleton, who was actually Emma's real father, and the estate in India where the two of them lived for a short time. Emma sells a few pearls to finance her move to Calcutta, India, where she stays with a childhood friend in preparation for travelling inland to find Wildwood. She meets the enigmatic and dangerous Alex Kingston at a society function and is thrilled to learn that his own estate is in the same part of India as Wildwood.
Katharine Kincaid's historical romance, Wildwood, is a well-written and absorbing tale set in India during the rule of the British Raj. Emma and Alex are both headstrong and ruthless characters who make intriguing and often quarrelsome travel partners. Kincaid's descriptions of India are marvelous and make the story truly come alive. The reader gets to share the discoveries Emma makes as she travels by boat along the Ganges and then by horseback in search of her deeded lands. Indian culture is completely alien and confusing to her, and her reactions to the women's bathing routine and the Love Pavilion are priceless. Alex is half-British and half high-caste Indian, and the differences and biases of these two competing cultures are fully explored in this intelligent and exciting tale. Wildwood is lively and engrossing, and the author's extensive historical research makes this book a remarkable look at the past. Katharine Kincaid's Wildwood is highly recommended.