A good listener!
The story was sooooo predictable. I actually skipped forward through much of it (thank you, Audible, for that feature). So, two stars for the story (one of them is a pity star). As to the narration . . . have you ever heard a song that has basically four notes that just repeat, in the same sequence, over and over? Well that was this narrator's style. A REALLY annoying singsong of
da dadada daa,
da dadada daa,
da dadada daa,
da dadada daa,
One star for the narration, and that much only because I liked her Frances Catherine voice.
All business but contemporary fun!
I would really want to learn about Ian a bit more. I feel like there was so much more to his character that we didn't see. He almost acted as a secondary character.
Judith is a beautiful young English woman who has grown up with a verbally abusive uncle and indifferent mother. She stays loyal to her childhood friend who married in the Highlands and goes to her when she is about to give birth. She meets Ian McClean on the way, and throws him off with her sweet, tender manner yet strength to speak up and do the right thing, that he stands no chance :). The plot had many developments to keep you entertained until the very end. It was funny and sweet. My main issue with the story was that everything turned out too good to be true, in all respects, which took away the believability of the story.
A wonderful mix of history, romance, and drama. Beautifully written and performed perfectly. I'm looking forward to listening to the sequel.
I listened to the book in one day!! I love historical fiction. Interesting story line with romance, a little sex (not porn), and humor. I laughed quite a few times. The only thing I don't like about this book is that it doesn't continue. I like series that continue so you get to know the characters, but is a nice filler for series books I am waiting to come out.
I am not so sure what I would compare it to, but if you like Scots that are loyal and romance it is a nice filler to help pass time waiting for Diana Gabaldon to write her next book...but I will have to check out more of Jillian Garwood's books. Right now I am in the middle of Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks also pretty good this is one I might compare to this book.
I only liked her female and children voices. When she did the male voices I felt like I was listen to a person who speaks Italian try to speak English with a Scottish brogue. I could just be me, but in my minds eye I was not seeing Scots I was seeing Italians.
Yes, I did want a quick listen, but I thought it was a series of books about the same family. So I figure I could read more when I had a day here and a day there. I am a binge reader. I like listen when I have free time to scrapbook, so I like something quick when I do that.
I would definitely recommend this book! I am going to telling my friend about it today!
While my time wasn't wasted, this is not the best of Julie Garwood's books that I've ever read. The story actually started off pretty good, but began to fizzle in the middle. There was little build up to support the speed with which the characters fell in love, so their "love" seemed a tad rushed. I actually liked the main female character, Judith, but she had a very irritating habit of whispering almost everything she said. That got old very quickly. Her love interest, Iain, was likeable as well, but neither really came to life. However, it was decent enough that I wanted to finish it rather than just put it aside.
The most interesting aspect of this story was the unfolding of the "secret". The least interesting was how it was revealed and dealt with. I expected more drama than what was delivered.
Her performance was fine. I can't think of anything I would want changed.
No way. There's not enough of a good story there to keep a viewer's interest in a movie or TV series.
While I won't say the credit spent on the book was a waste, I will say, if you're looking for a lot of excitement and a compelling love story, start with something else first. Save this book for when you've plowed through the other great books in your stack and need something to pass the time.
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!!!
It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.
Yes!!! I love the story line, they characters as so funny and entertaining
The Bride by Julie Garwood. Scottish gets an English women and their dealing with their differences.
Yes. Susan is amazing!!
Laughed so much - there are too many parts. It's a must read.
I wished they can make a movie out of this book. Or a TV series.