I read the reviews on this book and hoped all the positive ratings would translate to a good read. But alas, that did not happen. Suffice it to say that nearly halfway through it, I recalled having read this book before, probably in the 90's. And by the end, I clearly remembered why I never read anything else by Julie Garwood. I love Love Stories, but when characters are one dimensional and the issues they face are so easily resolved, my interest drifts. Garwood starts with an intriguing premise: Scottish Laird is given the opportunity to lawfully obtain the land he desperately wants in exchange for marrying an English woman he's never met. Scots have HATED the English for generations, but instead of building on this formidable premise by creating complex, flawed characters who find love, Garwood chooses the Hollywood stereotype: big Scottish warrior who's gruff, but harmless falls for adorable English beauty who's fearful, but really courageous (spoiler note: in evening light, she kills 4 wolfs while clinging to a limb in a tree, during a rainstorm). The one "saving grace" I found was narrator Rosalyn Landor. That woman could read the ingredients of a toss-green salad and make it sound delectable.
They tease you with a "bigger picture" story that they put very little investment into but is resolved by the end. I found that kind of annoying. A lot of the day-to-day stories were very interesting, if not very predictable.
She was very good. Her accents were good and I didn't feel her male voices were ridiculous which some romance narrators do a poor job of. It is probably most complimentary to say I didn't find her voice distracting at all from the story.
There's a lot of story to this and not as much romance as other novels. It was more about the local history where it was set than it was about love or even spice. A lot of elements were very easy to see coming. Some of the characters are fairly contradictory, likely in order to keep the tension going, and certain misunderstandings didn't make sense. If you are interested in highlander romance in particular this is probably a good one. If that isn't enough to draw you in I'm not sure the romance itself is that strong in this.
At first I thought it was the most awful but with horrible content. Then I got to chapter 2...3...etc and I didn't want to stop listening. You must listen purely for enjoyment as if you listen for historically correct adjectives you will be very disappointed. It is, however, a good entertainment book.
great story narrative ehh. not the worse I've heard. I find so far not one Audible other than the outlander series has a decent narrator. I will keep trying.
I enjoyed the story very much . It was hard to get into it at first but after a few chapters I began to want to hear more. I would recommend this book to others.
This is the one book I can read over and over again so of course I had to have the audio book as well. It didn't disappoint! the narrator was wonderful and I got to listen while I worked. It made me almost giddy to listen to it thinking "Oh here comes one of my favorite parts!" which happens constantly in this one :) I love love love it!