Ashling never understood some of the oddities in her upbringing, until a family secret is revealed: her father is from the distant future. It has been predetermined that he will return to his native time on Ashling’s twentieth birthday and she must go with him. Future society has a critical shortage of women and humanity is threatened with extinction.
Given time to recover from the shock and to prepare for a vastly different civilization, Ashling accepts her fate. She’s required to take several husbands, and produce offspring to help prevent the human race from dying out. After a sheltered childhood with limited social interaction, Ashling is aroused by the idea of having romantic partners (more than one of them) for the first time in her life.
As soon as she’s introduced to her prospective mates, feelings of being overwhelmed are quickly replaced by desire for the men who wish to court her. Ashling takes three husbands, reveling in the passion she shares with each of them. Life becomes one delicious encounter after another.
This is the final book so far of the Wikomsette.
It picks up twenty years later, Ashling is now turning twenty. She has been prepared by her dad, for what is to happen. But how do you prepare to lose everything you know, and your mother. Then go into the future with only your dad to be set up as a Wikomsette with a minimum of seven husbands of your own? New rules, language and of course loss of your innocence.
What she finds out is that she gets two days before it all starts, no time to adjust to meet the others that were in her mother’s tribe, except by accident and then not all of them. When outside forces push for her to wed, she chooses her first three husbands. And she is happy with them. She thinks this will stop the manipulation going on. What she finds out is this is only the beginning. She has friends, and husbands who will try yet it comes down to family and betrayal. Will love and determination be enough to get them through?
I absolutely hated for this to end, I hope to see another one. Ashling is a strong individual who is stifled in her new surroundings where she must live the majority of her life for her husband’s and produce children for the good of the species. Never again to have the freedom to simply walk around alone anywhere because of the danger. Wars have been fought over the possession of females. Will there ever be a way to see her mother again? Is a father’s love and care enough, when he too misses his true love? I know this, I would gladly follow this story further if it were to be possible.