Release date: 29 July 2013
Daisy Miller will forever be a classic story of courtship. But the original novella is not a romance, per se, because the unrequited love of both of the two main characters, Daisy Miller and Frederick Winterbourne, longs for a happy and salaciously steamy conclusion. That’s why modern author Gabrielle Vigot added a few key saucy scenes to enhance the relationship and sexual tension that is insinuated in Henry James’s civilized original story.
Daisy is a flirt and Winterbourne thinks he has her figured out. But little does he know that throughout his courtship, Daisy’s attitude toward him is hardly that of the easy, swooning American girl he expected. Daisy makes Winterbourne’s heart ache for her with her vampish teasing, confounds him deliciously, and infuriates him to the bitter end.
Dear reader, you know you’ll want to find out whether Daisy just simply loves to flirt with all of the impeccably dressed gentlemen of Rome, or whether she is partial to well-mannered but increasingly annoyed Winterbourne. Will Winterbourne’s heart give up on her in the end, or will his feelings mature enough for him to claim her for himself once and for all?
Daisy Miller was Henry James’s most popular and controversial piece, and the original book printer sold 20,000 copies in a matter of weeks. Editor Geoffrey Moore preferred the fine writing in the original versions over the later versions, and thus the purity of the first American version serves as the base for this Wild and Wanton edition.
by Gabrielle Vigot and Henry James
Wild and Wanton
Sensuality Level: Spicy
Gabrielle Vigot grew up in Hawaii, where she was witness to many hippie love stories. Her favorite romance is that of her Spanish father falling in love with her Hawaiian mother after he reluctantly allowed her to be the first woman on his soccer team. You can find out more about her titles and contact her at gabriellevigot.wordpress.com, or support her through Facebook or Google+.
Henry James was too polite to write the lascivious, steamy scenes you’ll find in these pages, but who can blame him? The American-turned-European remains one of the greatest writers of his time, and the original Daisy Miller focused on the delicate will-they, won’t-they dance between the two main characters, and the cultural differences between them. Up-and-coming author Gabrielle Vigot just says they will—with vigor.