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.
The Secret and The Bride are both wonderful Highland romances as well.
This was the first audiobook that I ever listened to, and I look forward to hearing more! I'm glad that my first experience was such a wonderful one!
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!
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 am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I just love me a good Julie Garwood novel, especially with Highlanders. It’s so true that her historical novels seem to be her trademark. This book was so sweet because of the warm relationships that encompassed the story. Garwood weaves a beautiful tapestry of characters who make this a most colorful, and enjoyable read/listen. Narrator Rosalyn Landor was at her best in bringing the characters to life.
I loved everything about this novel. It made me feel warm & fuzzy inside and that was an excellent reprieve from all of the dark-themed novels I’ve read as of late.
In this story the woes of the characters are in times past. The Highlanders are rebuilding after suffering great losses from an onslaught of the English. What starts off as an arranged marriage between Lady Johanna and the mighty, Highland Laird Gabriel blossoms into a beautiful, comfortable, loving relationship that brings out the best in this couple, and those who surround them. I was touched by the drive for a brother (Nicholas) to protect his sister as he made a fabulous match in Gabriel and Johanna.
There is danger, past abuse to heal from and new adventures, and challenges to overcome in this book. Also, a continued confrontation between Scottish Highlanders and the English, this time with a beautiful maiden caught in the middle.
The love scenes are sweet and steamy (I love how Gabriel wasted no time in seducing his beautiful bride). Other touching relationships include Johanna’s love and acceptance of little Alex and “clever” Ogey. I thought there was a wonderful redeeming quality about the highland priest and his relationship and trust he inspired in Johanna. Also, Johanna’s sayings and expressions were adorable, and it was so funny to see how her new clan learned the meanings. In this book the evil characters receive a just ending, and the good characters find their complete happiness.—and, that’s the way I like it!!!
Lastly, I believe what I enjoyed most about this story was the empowerment of the heroine, especially coming from this era. It was a joy to see Johanna rise above her past abuse and fears, and hold on tight to the saving graces that surrounded her. In the end, a maiden rescues a mighty, arrogant warrior and becomes his saving grace, as he becomes hers. That’s just my kind of happy!
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