Skillfully paced, multifaceted characters, gripping adventure, breathtaking setting, and stunning romance. Susan Duerden does a fantastic job narrating. As a British woman, she seems to have an innate knack for imitating the Scottish brogue.
I continually noticed Garwood’s skill in pacing. Never was there a dull moment. When one exciting thing ended, another was starting. After the 2.5 hour mark, I was having trouble pausing the audiobook - I was totally hooked. The descriptive writing made me feel like I was dropped into medieval Scotland, and the day after I finished the audiobook, I found myself wishing I could go back.
The characters were another strong point for me. The two leads, I’ve decided, are one of my favorite romance couples of all time. Gillian was a brave young woman with strong convictions. She never forgot the horrors she experienced as a young girl, and instead of becoming timid and weak (like her sister), she grew to be bold, fighting to rectify what was done to her and her family. Brodick is your typical alpha male - arrogant, rough-edged, possessive - but with a righteous nature. His character is well-suited to Gillian (she doesn’t need to be coddled, but at the same time she appreciates his protectiveness).
I thought it would be useful to discuss why I preferred Ransom to its predecessor (The Secret). Not to say I didn’t love The Secret and that it isn't worth buying, but The Secret was more strictly a love story, and much more light hearted. Ransom was a love story filled with adventure, danger, injustice, and harrowing journeys. There were kidnappings, deadly battles, family tragedy, cruel villains, assassination attempts, a brush with English royalty, and even a mysterious treasure. The historical detail (about both England and Scotland) was a fascinating touch. When comparing the two books, because The Secret was less of an emotional roller coaster. The love story between Brodick and Gillian was a tumultuous journey. The passion between them was edgier, rougher, and more demanding - which is a plus for me. Because of Gillian’s past and therefore her tough attitude, she seemed, to me, a bolder, more passionate lover than Judith from The Secret. Not to say Gillian is prickly and cold - she and Judith both exhibited emotional warmth and a need to nurture that was wonderfully feminine. Even though the content in Ransom was often dark, Garwood's trademark humor managed to seep in, too. So it really depends on what kind of love story you are drawn to, but if you like more of an action/adventure/suspense, then I think you’ll prefer Ransom’s tempestuous plot. Listen to them both though - Garwood is fantastic! One of my new favorite writers.
Love it now fans need the crime novels that depicts the Maitlands and the Sinclairs. We know about the Buchanan family in the crime novels but we need more follow up characters.
adventure, mystery and love
How the child was revealed when he was returned home was heart warming and joyful. It wasn't critical to the story, but a magical moment for me.
Susan is my favorite narrator. Here variety of voices, timing, rhythm, and voice inflections are amazing.
In the opening scenes, the castle is under siege. Part of the description is told from the a child's perspective. It was chilling to think of what it must of been like for the children living through such nightmares.
Ransom is the perfect balance of adventure, mystery, love and romance. It was longer than most of the books I read, but never dragged. I had trouble putting it down. I was home ill that day, and it really perked me up :)
I absolutely loved this book. It was rather wordy and very long but it was always interesting.
Loved Brodick's cranky and demanding ways. Loved how Gillian managed to put up with him.
The secondary characters were wonderful, especially Alec. I was laughing my a$$ off ever time he said "you know what?" He was one great kid and I hated when they got home with him and his part in the book was over.
Loved Ramsey, Bridgid, Uncle Morgan, Dylan, Robert, Liam, Aaron and Stephen.
Positively hated Alford, Hugh and Edwin. Wow, they were such sick ba$tard$.
I was very disappointed in how Gillian's sister chose to be without Gillian in her life. I didn't see the point in that.
There were two sex scenes that were really nicely done.
This was one terrific book.
As to the narrator: She did a little better in this book than she did in The Secret but not by much. She still gave too many men a really raspy voices. I've listened to Ms. Duerden before and she didn't do that to the voices so maybe she got better in the last year or so.
Some of the reviews, on here and on Amazon, complained about her sing-song voice when she reads but I'm really not bothered by that. I've heard worst, much worse..
Wow what a fantastic story! Loved this book. The story line and plot is absolutely fantastic. There was always something going on all the time I didn't want to put it down.
I loved the hero, he was big, strong, handsome, arrogant, gruff, and caring. The heroine was wonderful, strong, beautiful, and very courageous, not whiny and whimpering.
There was so much wonderful dialogue throughout the entire book. (I love lots of dialogue). The chemistry was great and the sex scenes very well written.
As for the narrator, Susan Duerden, she did a great job. Much better performance than some of her others. The men sound like men and the women sound like women. Every one had their own distinct voice. She narrates with much emotion as it is called for in the book, ie. yelling, crying, whispering, etc. Of course it's Susan Duerdan so you get the sing song reading and drawwwnnn ouuutt worrrddss but you can get past it in this book.
I totally recommend this book it was amazing, as well as the first book in this series The Secret.
Just say yes yes yes to this book! It's totally worth it!
I don't want to live in a world without books!
I just loved this book -- the whole series actually. I'm not usually one for highlander stories because Gabaldon is such a hard act to follow, but lately I've been seeking them out, and this series is awesome!
With lots of mystery and intrigue, and humor, Garwood writes each of the three stories in this series with richly imagined, and sometimes convoluted, back stories that, once the real tale begins, makes for an involving and entertaining experience.
Ah, I've been bit by the highlander bug. Good thing there's lots to read out there!
This is the first book I ever read by this author and is still my favorite to this day. I never get fired of this story. Love the couple too
Julian is my favorite character. She is a strong person
Oh I laughed in this book so much
everyone should read this book
Love the book but unabridged. I don't think so. Many spaces you would find in an abridged book. Hard to follow.
As always ms Garwood is wonderful.
Would have loved to listen in one sitting but alas not possible.
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.