Overflowing with all of the majesty and intrigue of medieval glory days, this magnificent New York Times best seller is a captivating story of passion and loyalty, justice and honor. Beloved storyteller Julie Garwood steps back to the silver-shrouded Highlands of her classic tale The Secret - and hails the return of two unforgettable warriors: Ramsey Sinclair and Brodick Buchanan.
In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers - only to be lost for more than a decade.
Now a beautiful young woman, Gillian finds the key to resolving her past in handsome Scottish chieftains Ramsey Sinclair and Brodick Buchanan. With the cunning and courage of the daring Scotsmen, and with the friendship of a new ally, Bridgid KirkConnell, Gillian at last fights the unscrupulous Baron Alford, laying claim to her home, her family, and her father's reputation. But in the presence of the mighty warriors, Gillian and Bridgid discover that desire can be a weapon of conquest...betrayal can slay trust in a heartbeat...and the greatest risk of all is surrender - to the deep emotions of unexpected love.
©2010 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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.
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.
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