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.
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!
Remind me again, where did I leave my ipod?
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.
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.
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