In this splendid New York Times best-seller, Julie Garwood brilliantly crafts the majestic story of a young Englishwoman determined to fight for her freedom...a woman whose life would be transformed by the rare, unexpected gift of love.
When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry - and selected a bridegroom for her - it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.
At first Johanna was shy, but as Gabriel tenderly revealed the splendid pleasures they would share, she came to suspect that she was falling in love with her gruff new husband. And it was soon apparent to the entire Highlands clan that their brusque, gallant laird had surrendered his heart completely. But now a desperate royal intrigue threatened to tear her from his side - and to destroy the man whose love meant more to her than she had ever dreamed!
©2012 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Very satisfying storyline.
I don't I have read anything like to similar to this book.
When they finally declared their love for each other, it made me smile!
The storyline had me smiling and laughing throughout the book.
Great great romance!
Probably not, good story but predictable and therefore not worth another listen.
While I enjoyed the story overall and did find the growing love between the hero and the heroine sweet, I was often bothered by the hero. I understand that he was supposed to be a big, bad, highland warrior and laird but I just found his demeaning ways to be annoying at times. When the characters were intimate it was one way and when they weren't Johanna always had to "obey" his commands.I didn't understand how the hero could be demanding and stubborn but then they could just have sex and it was all fine. And yet he wished she wasn't as timid which didn't make any sense at all. I have ready many many romances including a number of highland romances and this one was just a little off to me. I probably would not recommend this novel to a modern woman. While I like some of the roughness from the hero I appreciate a little softness too.
Johanna's character was my favorite. Her character I enjoyed the most in the story.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
A very nice story with great characters, interesting plot and just the right amount of sex. Johanna, a strong English maiden is given in marriage to a handsome Highlander and they go from strangers to lovers, the story in between is sweet, funny and romantic, I enjoyed!
Say something about yourself!
The ladies sounded like ladies, the men sounded like burly highlanders, very enjoyable listen!
The story was very good too! Our leading lady was married to a horrible "man", he used belittlement and beatings to get her submission, after 3 years of living in hell...he died, and she was free...or so she thought! The King is a horrible "man" and he thinks she has something on him so she is ordered to marry his most trusted Baron, a cruel man, and she can not and will not go through that again...her brother sweeps her away to the Highlands of Scotland and gives her to the most feared laird in the land...he's ruthless to his enemies but he's well respected and the brother has been in battle with him and finds him to be an honorable man.
Mass chaos ensues with an English woman being wife to a Scottish Laird, but it was very amusing to listen to and left you with a good feeling of hope and happiness when all was said and done, I really liked it!
Sure would recommend this book. Narration was outstanding and so was the Scottish theme.
All the other Scottish Highlander books Julie Garwood wrote. Try any of them. If you love Scotland and Highlanders that is.
I love the way Ms. Garwood has strong yet understanding male characters which is found in all her books.
Most definitely, YES!
I was sad. I laughed. I was totally taken by this book. The narrator was excellent. That makes the difference. Great Scottish and English accent.
Great narrator! Seemed authentic to the time (but really what do I know about 13th century Scotland)
I'm sure its very authentic to make the hero so dominant and belittling to woman. I mean that's how it was in those days, right? But, the people that read these books are woman of the 21st century and most probably don't find a controlling, demeaning man very attractive. I know I don't.....just saying.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
This book inspired a wide range of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I was angry, and I felt sympathy. It was a good listen. Great narration.
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