Sabatini, Rafael: Mistress Wilding V1. 03-Jul-2010
Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950)
Mistress Wilding (1910)
A romance of the days of Monmouth's rebellion. Richard Westmacott, desirous of securing to himself his sister's fortune plots against her lover, Anthony Wilding, and finally insults him openly. Wilding takes advantage of the situation to force Ruth, who hates him, to marry him in order to save her brother. In espousing Monmouth's cause. Wilding is imperiled again and again. Ruth finally comes to learn that she loves him and to see her cowardly brother in his true light.
The action is rapid, its style is spirited, its plot is convincing, and every admirer of the incomparable Sabatini will find in it several hours filled with undiluted pleasure. The scene is Monmouth's Rebellion, set in the West Country in seventeenth-century England. As the ill-fated and weak 'King Monmouth' attempts to rally his insubordinate troops, Anthony Wilding embarks upon his own quest--to woo his unwilling bride. The political and personal stories are magically interwoven in this exciting historical romance, and it is Wilding who ultimately emerges the wiser of the two men.