I also would give this book 6 stars if I could. I've listened to it over and over. I thought Susan did a fantastic job with the voices especially little 5 yr old Alex who has just been (spoiler alert) kidnapped by mistake. I just loved him and his voice. The Book starts with the night Gillian's father is killed by Baron Alford who is just evil, she is very young and doesn't talk for years until finally she starts talking to her nurse and her Uncle. If you read the Secret this is the son of Iain & Judith Maitland whom they think is dead. Gillian and he are in the process of saving each other. They get away and get to his protector Brodick Buchanan whom we also met in the Secret. We also get to see Ramsey Sinclair. This book has a lot of depth and is long and very worth listening to. Of course there are alot of complications and Gillian finds a friend in Bridgid KirkConnell. Listen and really enjoy.
This is my favorite historical romance book, everything was good about it.
Narration did not do justice.
Voices got on my nerves to much to do a one sitting.
I like the audio book much better. I am not sure why, but struggled to get through the print version, but have listened to the audio book several times
The scene towards the beginning with the beating. Set the creation of her character.
Good with the voices, nothing really stands out.
The reunion. Actually made me a bit angry.
I liked how the story progressed, and probably wouldn't have any second thoughts about the characters, but we meet Brodick in the The Secret, and fell in love with him, but he fell to the Garwood syndrome, where every hero, and every heroine is really the same person, just with different names. She tries to refer to the temperament she created for his character when he was first introduced, but then he basically becomes Ian. But, on bright side, this story is much less formulaic than her other works.
One of my favorite historical romances. I've read it several times. However, the narration ruined it for me, because all the men sound like they are spitting and rasping in an angry tone when they speak. They almost sound deranged. Their voices grate against my ears. This includes all the men, not only the villains -- even the good guys. The ladies and children are fine, though.
I have greatly enjoyed some other audiobooks narrated by Susan Duerdan, like for example Much Ado About You, and Lady Sophia's Lover.
Duerdan seems to be particularly bad at portraying angry highland warriors.
I suggest a redo. This is such a good book. What a shame.
Unlikely Romance and Humor
While introducing a new heroine, the story revisits many of the characters from the prior novel _The Secret_, which is extremely engaging. It offered the chance to see Judith and Ian's outcomes while the exploits of Gillian and Brodick unfold.
It is not serious literature, but ever so diverting!
Her performance was quite solid and the pacing was on target.
Garwood is known for staging quirky weddings. The marriage of Gillian and Brodick equals or exceeds her standards for humor.
Having a stressful job makes me so appreciate books that offer a bit of escapism, a bit of historical perspective, and a bit of humor. These are trademarks of Garwood historicals.
This is the second in Ms Garwood's the Medieval series and it's the best.
There is no other book similar to it.
At the end of the story when the Laird Buchanan told Gillian that he was going to stay in England in order to please her.
Will do anything for books!
I cried within seconds! this book was so good, so much every moment was full of drama and love and hotness and oh my word there is so much i can't even tell you. Excellent writing, excellent story, excellent narration.
I actually returned The Secret because the narration was so terrible. But I took a chance on book 2, Ransom, and I was glad I did. It was an enjoyable story and although I didn't care much for the narration, it was much better than The Secret.
The story was good & it had parts where I laughed at out loud. I do wish they had developed Ramsey & Bridgid's story better and although I liked the book's ending, I did not like Gillian at the end - she came across as a bit of a petty nut and not at all like her character in the rest of the book. I think Garwood could have written the ending better - it was like she was in a hurry to be done. And despite all the comments in the book on how Gillian would never make it in the Buchanan clan, the author never goes to the Buchanan lands - no epilogue or anything.
Yes it was a good listen. I've heard better narrators but she had all of the emotions. She whispered when the story called for it and was gruff when needed. She doesn't have a wide range for multiple characters but she has enough that you can tell who is speaking.
It was a good story but was a little predictable. I had the bad guys pegged at the beginning. It was a good storyline though. I thought it well worth the listen.
When Judith forced herself to climb down the side of the cliff to rescue the little boy even though she was terrified of heights. Judith's strength and courage. No matter what was thrown at her or the pain she endured she never faltered.
no. It wasn't one that pulled me in and wouldn't let go but it was a good book
Say something about yourself!
I liked this story more than The Secret, and I really liked The Secret. This story has a lot to like about it. The end is fairly funny, and I didn't necessarily understand why Gillian chose Brodick until then.
This has mystery, love, hotness light, and action. The reason I gave it less than 5 stars for performance is that Gillian's voice was supposed to be deep, somewhat raspy/sensual and the narrator didn't come close, though I could see that would have added to the attraction. (Maybe Kirsten Potter?)
Worth the credit, I have already listened twice.