The Wicked Wyckerly (Rebellious Sons Series #1)

The Wicked Wyckerly (Rebellious Sons Series #1)

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by Patricia Rice
     
 

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When he becomes seventh Earl of Danecroft, rakish John Fitzhugh Wyckerly also inherits a crumbling estate and massive debts. Determined to do right, he reclaims his illegitimate daughter Penelope and heads to London in search of a very rich wife.

Abigail Merriweather's farm has been quiet since she lost custody of her four young half-siblings-until a roguish

Overview

When he becomes seventh Earl of Danecroft, rakish John Fitzhugh Wyckerly also inherits a crumbling estate and massive debts. Determined to do right, he reclaims his illegitimate daughter Penelope and heads to London in search of a very rich wife.

Abigail Merriweather's farm has been quiet since she lost custody of her four young half-siblings-until a roguish gentleman named Fitz stops for a rest, his rebellious daughter in tow. His etiquette is questionable, his parenting deplorable-so why does Abby delight in his flirtations? And when she seeks a suitor to help her regain the children, why does Fitz keep popping up?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451230713
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Series:
Rebellious Sons Series, #1
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.32(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

The author of more than twenty romances, Patricia Rice was born in Newburgh, New York, and attended the University of Kentucky. She has two grown children, and lives with her husband of many years in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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The Wicked Wyckerly (Rebellious Sons Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
sheiladancer More than 1 year ago
LOVE THE ROMANCE
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Fitzhugh "Fitz" Wykerly is a charming, devil-may-care second son who makes his way by gambling, but when his brother dies and leaves him the title, a tumbled-down estate, and creditors littering the lawn, he must reevaluate his lifestyle. Gambling won't enable the new Earl of Danvers to pay long-overdue salaries of the servants, let alone the suffocating debts he's inherited. He must find a way to counter his family's financial disaster or lose his heritage. With his illegitimate daughter, Penelope, in tow, he sets out for London to find a rich wife.Abigail Merriweather is seeking help to regain custody of her four young half-brothers and sisters when a handsome rogue and his irrepressible daughter are deposited on her doorstep. Until the mysterious Fitz can find a way to continue his journey, she assigns him duties on her farm. Meanwhile she awaits an answer from her late father's cousin_a marquess would certainly be able to champion her cause in the courts. Assistance pops up in an unexpected legacy, and she is whisked to London in search of a husband.As Fitz and Abby conduct their separate quests in London, they continue to encounter each other, and their initial attraction ripens into something more, despite the suspicious warnings of a pair of intriguing friends. It seems hopeless, however. He may be very handsome and very charming, but he is very broke. She may be quite adorable and quite determined, but her inheritance is quite small. He can't allow his personal desires to override his responsibilities. And she will never gain custody of her siblings if she weds a penniless gambler.Yet fate keeps tossing them in each other's way. And who, after all, can fight fate? Their delightful love story follows their twisting paths to self-discovery and change, through growth and acceptance._of themselves and each other.In the first of her "Rebellious Sons" series, Rice gives readers a sparkling tale brimming with a spirited heroine, an appealing hero, and charming, if perspicacious, youngsters. The supporting characters are vividly drawn, as well, with wit and traces of mystery.Rice's last few books have entertained readers with mystical worlds populated by characters whose magic challenged and charmed. In The Wicked Wykerly, the popular author returns to the glittering Regency period where manners and money rule the "polite" world. Her characters, however, have lost none of their ability to transport readers with their searches for the true meaning of life and the honest relationships that make it worth living.Rice may have left her 'magic' stories for now, but the magic has certainly not left her stories. Her humor and engaging voice echo from every page of Wyckerly and when the end arrives, readers will have only one question: When is the next "Rebellious Son" story due?
MORWAreviews More than 1 year ago
John Fitzhugh "Fitz" Wykerly is a charming, devil-may-care second son who makes his way by gambling, but when his brother dies and leaves him the title, a tumbled-down estate, and creditors littering the lawn, he must reevaluate his lifestyle. Gambling won't enable the new Earl of Danvers to pay long-overdue salaries of the servants, let alone the suffocating debts he's inherited. He must find a way to counter his family's financial disaster or lose his heritage. With his illegitimate daughter, Penelope, in tow, he sets out for London to find a rich wife. Abigail Merriweather is seeking help to regain custody of her four young half-brothers and sisters when a handsome rogue and his irrepressible daughter are deposited on her doorstep. Until the mysterious Fitz can find a way to continue his journey, she assigns him duties on her farm. Meanwhile she awaits an answer from her late father's cousin-a marquess would certainly be able to champion her cause in the courts. Assistance pops up in an unexpected legacy, and she is whisked to London in search of a husband. As Fitz and Abby conduct their separate quests in London, they continue to encounter each other, and their initial attraction ripens into something more, despite the suspicious warnings of a pair of intriguing friends. It seems hopeless, however. He may be very handsome and very charming, but he is very broke. She may be quite adorable and quite determined, but her inheritance is quite small. He can't allow his personal desires to override his responsibilities. And she will never gain custody of her siblings if she weds a penniless gambler. Yet fate keeps tossing them in each other's way. And who, after all, can fight fate? Their delightful love story follows their twisting paths to self-discovery and change, through growth and acceptance.-of themselves and each other. In the first of her "Rebellious Sons" series, Rice gives readers a sparkling tale brimming with a spirited heroine, an appealing hero, and charming, if perspicacious, youngsters. The supporting characters are vividly drawn, as well, with wit and traces of mystery. Rice's last few books have entertained readers with mystical worlds populated by characters whose magic challenged and charmed. In The Wicked Wykerly, the popular author returns to the glittering Regency period where manners and money rule the "polite" world. Her characters, however, have lost none of their ability to transport readers with their searches for the true meaning of life and the honest relationships that make it worth living. Rice may have left her 'magic' stories for now, but the magic has certainly not left her stories. Her humor and engaging voice echo from every page of Wyckerly and when the end arrives, readers will have only one question: When is the next "Rebellious Son" story due?
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1807, following the deaths of his father and brother, John Fitzhugh "Fitz" Wyckerly becomes Earl of Danecroft. Being the spare, Fitz was predominantly ignored. He used his brilliancy in math to make money gambling that enabled him live a hedonistic lifestyle with no previous interest in the family estate or fortune. Fitz finds out the estate is falling apart and he owes a fortune. He does not need to compute to know he cannot gamble his way out of debt as he owes that much. Instead Fitz needs a wealthy wife so he decides to recognize his illegitimate daughter Penelope and take her to London with him as the tool to entice a spouse with money. Affluent widow Isabell Hoyt is a young Dowager Marchioness. When she reads letters sent to her late spouse from Abigail Merriweather, she decides to sponsor young women bestowing dowries so that they have options besides accepting a husband not of their desire. Lord Quentin Hoyt bets her that these females will choose spouses. The first stake is Abby the farmer who just lost custody of her four young half siblings. Fitz and Penelope arrive at Abby's place causing havoc as the female farmer considers marrying a lawyer who will help her regain custody of her family if she can find one. Adding to the chaos is the arrival of Isabell. The first Rebellious Sons Regency romance is a fast-paced entertaining gender war enhanced by the chaos that reminded this reviewer of the cabin scene in Night of the Opera as one more person kept arriving. The wager enhances the fun although betting on Regency relationships has been done before. Fitz and Abby are a wonderful pairing as she enjoys his flirting yet knows he stinks as a father at a time she wants custody of her siblings. Sub-genre fans will enjoy the wild Wicked Wyckerly. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 16 days ago
Delightful
CathyGeha 12 months ago
I loved this book! I loved the characters, the writing, the plot and the idea that there will be more books in the series. Fitz is a younger son who suddenly finds himself Earl of Danecroft and beset with debt. Abby is an older sister of 4 step-siblings taken from her care to live with married guardians after the death of her father – she wants them back. Fitz arrives on Abby’s doorstep with his young daughter by chance and they become acquainted as he works on her farm and plots for the future. Both Fitz and Abby need to marry for money as neither has any and require it to accomplish all they need to do. This is a story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the interaction between Fitz and Abby, the friends of Fitz that showed up and will get their own stories, Lady Isabell and Lord Quentin’s wager and meddling, the scenes that were interesting and well-crafted, the humor, the idea that family is important, and a whole lot more. When I got to the wedding night I wrote: “GREAT wedding night – best ever read!” and that was not due to steamy erotic writing but due to the warmth and thoughtfulness and beauty of it all. I am eager to read more in this series. I have read other books by Patricia Rice and enjoyed them but this one was deeper and more complex. Thank you to the author for the copy of this book to read and review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once more author ( Patricia Rice) sweeps her readers into intrigue,humor and romance. This premier writer never fails to deliver a great book. L.M.A.
KathyL2059 More than 1 year ago
I first read this book three or four years ago, and loved it so much I immediately combed the bookstores to find other Patricia Rice books. This is a sweetly romantic story about two extraordinarily likeable people. I really didn’t see how Fitz and Abigail could possibly reach their happily-ever-after, but a few forks in the road led them where they need to be. There are five – yes, five – children in the story, and they are treated as children – not cute little story props. Penelope has some realistic behavior problems, and it is truly heartwarming to see how Fitz learns how to cope with her, and love her. Fitz and Abby are two very kind people. Both are working to overcome odds and take on responsibilities that others, particularly in their time period, would simply throw up their hands and walk away from. There is a little mystery involved with someone trying to injure Fitz, but I was very glad that the story did not take a dark turn, and that the “bad” guys were really not that bad. Fitz’s friends and Abby’s benefactor each have their own stories, and their loyalty to their friends and the hints at their secrets and backgrounds are the reasons I am going to re-read those stories as well. If you have never read Patricia Rice, this is a wonderful book to start with; if you are already a Patricia Rice fan, and not read the Wicked Wyckerly, why not??
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