Pretty formulaic and by the numbers. It's like Lean Cuisine, it has all the right colors, it just doesn't taste of anything. I don't recommend it.
I chose this book because it was listed as a customer favorite so I was expecting something very special. I had just finished the last of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series (which literally took me years to finish, with a few detours along the way). I know that expecting something of that caliber was unrealistic but I thought I would give it a try. To say that it just doesn't measure up would be an understatement. So, if you've nothing else to listen to, it isn't horrible. Expect the expected in this book and you won't be disappointed. If you want something unique and enthralling, you might look somewhere else.
Ms. Garwood writes women in such a laughable way. It's like a cartoon, instead of a character. All of her heroines have some comic flaw. this one has no sense of direction. I am not sure why that is funny in a time where there are no road signs and every clump of trees looks alike!
The characters never act the way they are described. The heroine is so great at looking after the family and her father's home, but after she marries, she lacks any common sense that you would expect. The hero keeps saying " You are hot for me". That is more a modern day pick up line than a highlander in the 1300's would say to his wife. She rites them as modern people in a historical setting. Just write them in a contemporary story.. and have done with it!
I really don't like RL. I think she makes the characters sound much older than they are in the story. The h/h sound in their 30's. Too mature for their childish behaviour. I think any of my 3 favourites would have been better: Susan Duerdan,Carolyn Morris and Ashford Mcnabb. I look for books by any of those 3 just to hear them read.
I think this is just a tired and standard Julie Garwood novel. Two people forced together and they eventually fall in love. The thing I hate is that the woman are so cartoonish, but beautiful. Their beauty is what the hero really falls for. This says that looks count for everything and give JG's books a superficial quality, that lacks a soul.
I constantly see this book highly rated and other julie garwood books. I keep thinking I am missing something and must be mistaken, but I don't think so. I would really like someone to explain the attraction to the Garwood heroines, as I can't see it. I have tried 3 books and this is the last one for me.And if anyone can tell me why such a plucky heroine would allow herself and her husband to sleep/have a bath behind a screen in their great hall, where anyone can hear them, when there are bed chambers upstairs, then maybe I can begin to understand this novel!!
Story was brilliant and read brilliantly. Loved every minute of it. Have the book and read it countless of times and really enjoyed listening to it .
Yes, it was easy to listen to and had a good flow.
Jamie, she started in a situation not of her making and made the best of it.
Alek Kincaid the Scottish Lord.
I will probably listen to the other books in this series.
I listened to the book during physical therapy. I really enjoyed the humor in the story. The characters were compelling and pulled me in to the story. Totally didn't see the ending! I'm getting the next book now.
Yes. This story is a great "get-away-from-it-all", particularly when one needs to have a "feel good" lift.
I have read many of Julie Garwood's books. While her character recipe has notably been repeated - this one had the more engaging characters. The imagery coupled with Rosalyn Landor's narration is what helped carry the story in the areas that may be a little weak or redundant.
Rosalyn Landor must read the stories BEFORE she narrates. Out of all of the audiobooks I have listened to, her reading style is the most fluid and the least forced. When listening to her narrate, I feel that it is like watching a mental movie.
I did. I was having a humdrum week and I found the story particularly engaging. It was good for some chuckles, a couple of gasps and a groan or two - a fun listen overall.
I generally do not repeat books, but this was a funny, well told story, so who knows!!
I'd say it is a great historical romance story, which for a change shows the heroine to be a strong willed, intelligent woman with an opinion, in a male dominated society where wives are considered property. I appreciate Jamie for being able to command respect and adoration from men who value their horses more than their wives. I have read quite a few historical romances, but this one is better than most I'd say.
I loved her accent, her ability to express both male and female voices nicely, and her ability to bring out accurately the wit and banter in sentences.
I was not necessarily moved anywhere, but I'd say it was a light hearted, romantic, good listen, with thankfully no trash language and sordid love scenes.
I would recommend this book to people who are looking for romance novels with sophisticated, good language, and strong characters.