I love the book. It has been one of my favorite Julie Garwood books and one of my re-reads every few years. I bought it to listen to on a trip and could not make it through the first few chapters. story is great but did not care for the narrator
I love the relationship between Ian and Judith, but the personalities of the secondary characters is what has always sent this book to a 5-star status for me. Both the Secret and Ransom are my favorite J Garwood books.
The author has an English accent which is pleasant and she does character voices well, but I did not care for the speech pattern she uses. It seems that she "upspeaks" a lot of her sentences instead of making sure there is a lot of diversity in her narration. I know that seems trivial, but unfortunately it took away from the story and the composition as a whole.
I don't care for this narrator at all, was a struggle to get through the book because of the inflections in her voice at the end if every sentence.
Love Julie Garwood. Her stories of Scottish Lairds are always fantastic. This one is no exception. While it's not her best, it's pretty strong and entertaining. I did find some bits too much of a stretch on believability... ie the strong focus mid-wife practice as a backstory. Particularly the notion that a man would wake up his Laird to fetch a girl to go tend to his wife. But it's not so distracting that you can't enjoy the story.
Where I had trouble was with the narrator Susan Duerden. When she was straight narrating she sounded wonderful. Her voice is pleasant enough. But when she voiced the heroine and a few other female characters she made them sound like 8-year-old little girls. That was very distracting particularly for the heroine as it took away from her maturity as a woman. Ms. Duerden's voicing of the males was even worse. They all sounded quite raspy, so much so that they often sounded screechy.... every single one of them. It got very annoying and tiresome to listen to. I only hung with it because I really did like the story and wanted to know what was gonna happen next.
I recommend The Bride with the fabulous Rosalyn Landor who not only does various females but can masterfully do males as well and make them each distinguishable.
The narrator was okay, but the voices were horrible. I returned the purchase.
They are all my favorites, I have reread this book many times!!!
The narrator was so annoying that I was unable to finish the story.
I don't know about the story. Coulndn't finish the book.
I have always like Garwood's books. Very sorry that I couldn't finish this one.
A different narrator could have made it a 2-3 star
Not likely if her female characters are this weakly drawn and make characters such caricatures.
She needs to understand that male Scots do not all have emphysema and speak in a whispered falsetto. Oh, and she might want to study what a real brogue and burr sound like and use them consistently.
Julie Garwood writes cliches, and Susan Duerden butchers them.
Lighthearted, Fluffy, Romance
The wedding scene, was especially amusing. The dialogue was witty, charming, and laugh out loud funny.
I was especially fond of Frances Catherine, her light brogue and characterization were spot on and particularly sparking and bright. Duerden did an all around good job with all the characters.
When Judith confronts her father for the first time and realizes every assumption she had ever made about the man was incorrect and based on lies. Obviously this is a light fluffy romance, lacking any particularly serious or weighty subject matter, but the characters were well rounded out, believable, memorable, and rang true. The plot did cover interesting ideas and was thought provoking, but did not bludgeon the reader over the head with a moral.
Another listener commented on the narrator's ability to do male voices. While they were not spot on, they were not horrible either, nor did they unduly detract from the story. Whilst the heroine did sound somewhat like a little girl in certain parts, especially during whispered dialogue, didn't find it to be particularly annoying. Overall, I enjoyed the narration and would definitely listen again.
This was an awesome love story. Had some laugh out loud moments with the playful banter of characters. Julie Garwood has not let down yet so I am excited to read another one of her stories.
The interplay between characters is fun and creates a world the reader wants to return to again and again.
During the birth scenes I was oft laughing so hard I had to replay parts to hear again what I missed. The relationship between Judith (Elizabeth) and Frances Catherine is a lovely form of friendship complete with loyalty, laughter and love.
Susan Duerden utilizes softness of voice in such a way that a whisper makes your heart stop for a second.
I laughed a lot! There was much to be amused with.
Truly enjoyed this book!