For Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel, Scotland is a land of stunning vistas, wild chieftains, treacherous glens, and steep shadows: skullduggery, betrayal, and now murder. Prized for her exquisite beauty, the daughter of one of England's most influential barons, Gabrielle is also a perfect bargaining chip for a king who needs peace in the Highlands: King John has arranged Gabrielle's marriage to a good and gentle laird. But this marriage will never take place.
For Gabrielle, everything changes in one last burst of freedom, when she and her guards come upon a scene of unimaginable cruelty. With one shot from her bow and arrow, Gabrielle takes a life, saves a life, and begins a war.
Within days, the Highlands are aflame with passions as a battle royal flares between enemies old and new. Having come to Scotland to be married, Gabrielle is instead entangled in Highland intrigue. For two sadistic noblemen, underestimating Gabrielle's bravery and prowess may prove fatal. But thanks to a secret Gabrielle possesses, Colm MacHugh, the most feared man in Scotland, finds a new cause for courage. Under his penetrating gaze, neither Gabrielle's body nor heart is safe.
A gripping novel that delves into the heart of emotion, unyielding passions of love, hate, revenge, and raw desire, Shadow Music is magnificent gift from Julie Garwood and a crowning achievement in her amazing career.
©2007 Julie Garwood; (P)2007 Random House, Inc.
For a year now I have had this on my wish list but dodged it because of the reviews. I LOVE Rosalyn Landor....it was hard to believe that the narration was that poor.... I have 2 other Julie Garwood books that were great but she is not my favorite author..... Finally I got to a point where the new releases were not used to my standard....I was looking through my wish list and settled on finally getting through this book and hoping I can make it to the end... Well I got to the end in one day! I could not put it down... Yes it's not her strongest book... But the narrator does and awesome job and the story is good, entertaining and some humorous parts! I would say this is one book that did not get the best reviews but is really a great read.
I am a great fan of this author and was thrilled to discover this novel. I enjoyed it but felt a little detached from the main characters.
I have listened to Shadow Music several times and I still don't know how Rosalyn Landor did all the voice overs. Terrific, very well done and extremely entertaining.
The story is very unique, interesting and different from anything I have listened to before.
The two lead Characters of course.
Rosalyn Landor never disappoints me. She holds the listeners interest and makes the story and all the characters come alive.
It made me feel good and that's why I have listened to it several times and will do so again.
Wish Judy Garwood would write more books like this one..
It would be wonderful if Judy G. would hire Rosalyn L. to read all her books.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
I love these period novels with danger, excitement, and a lovely sweet love story.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
I would recommend anything by Julie Garwood, however, Shadow Music is not my favorite. The beginning was filled with too many facts and partial background stories that were used to "catch-up" the reader so that one could know the characters. Perhaps the problem was in the number of backgrounds and relationships. It took quite a while to really get into the book...although, by the end, I was.
The narrator had a great mix of accents male & female. The story was so interesting I didn't want to stop listening to it until it was over. I love Julie Garwood and would definitely listen to any stories narrated by Rosalyn Landor.
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This is one of the best romance novels I have read of late. The story line kept my interest up from start to finish and you can't go wrong with Rosalyn Landor as narrator. This is one I will definitely read again.
I'm a Garwood fan, but I'm sorry to say this, her latest Scottish novel, is pretty darn bad. It's slow, the characters are flat and boring,nor does it have the humor, sexual tension and fun of her earlier novels. The narrator reads extremely sloooowly, and I found myself wishing I'd just checked out the actual book from the library and saved myself some time. Shadow Music is mildly entertaining, but a waste of time of money.
I love historical romances, don't get me wrong, but I am not a stupid woman and don't like being treated like one by the author. Weak plot, flimsy unlikeable characters, and drab writing that drags the most boring moments on and on without hitting on even a single exciting moment are not even the worst part. The narrator takes herself so seriously that she speaks as if dictating a eulogoy for a king, drawing every phrase out slowly so that it actually causes physical pain to listen to the story. Just keep browsing; anything is better than this one.
Julie Garwood has the ability to get you there and you feel like you are part of the story. Only regret is that it just doesn't seem to last long enough. Thank you for helping me get focused on other things instead of my daily grind.
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