New York Times best-selling author Julie Garwood captures the Highland splendor of medieval Scotland in this breathtaking love story. The inspiration for her acclaimed bestseller Ransom, this classic tale is a passionate masterpiece from one of the best-loved storytellers of all time.
Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.
In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain's searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan...not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves!
©2013 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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It is so refreshing to find a historical romance that is not just a bunch of sex scenes strung together around a weak story. It is also rare to find one.
The Secret fits that rare mold.
This story honestly looks at real life on 13th century Scotland, in a funny interesting story that entertains to the last page.
Ian and Judith and all the rest make just the right kind of clan.
Oh boy, I'm so easily pleased - just give me a hunky handsome Highland Warrior in a kilt (a must), add some interesting amusing and likeable characters (also necessary) who are all involved in a charming passionate and funny story (preferable), throw in lots of romance and a little sex (an added bonus) then have it written by the gifted and talented Ms Garwood (wow) finally have it brought to life by the many voices of Susan Duerden and then folks...... I'm one happy lass.
Audible - I'm afraid you will be getting an email from me soon begging you (on bended knees if necessary) to carry on with this series and add books 2 Ransom and 3 Shadow Music to your Library very very soon so I can add them to mine.
Worth a credit? Well folks if you're like me and enjoy being mentally transported back in time then that would be a definitely, positively and absolutely YES.
I really enjoyed this book. Well developed characters, funny & endearing. At a time where women were owned & treated as property the writer sprinkles the 13th century men with a bit of modernity. It was one of those books you can't stop listening to and you hate when it ends.
Yes, Good story line, interesting characters who actually make you laugh with what they say. The narrator is wonderful at creating the characters as well.
The love story was great, but also the sidelines where equally enjoyable.
She changed her voice for each of the main characters. She did a fabulous job!
yes, but I couldn't. It was hard to resist just calling in "sick" and burying myself in The Secret.
This is a series and I am sooooo hopeful that Audible will soon have the rest available.
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
All the elders....every scene seemed to become hilarious
Even though I got used to it...her male voices seem very strained and almost painful for her to do. I did get used to it but they were so whisper gravely .... Needs work in strong male voices. That being said Susan does a GOOD job bringing the characters to life and she really makes you feel like you are there in the story.
It delivers exactly what I wanted romance with plenty of chances to laugh. Someone else said the wedding scene is the best they have ever heard...I agree totally. I was laughing out loud and absolutely loved the way it was written. the narration was spot on too!
"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC" ~~ ( 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Poor, 1 = Awful ) ~~ Reviews should never contain "spoilers" ;-)
I found this book to be well written that kept my interest. I enjoyed the friendships, struggles, and romance throughout the book. I don't understand why many people disliked the narrator but I thought she was good.....not great but good. She whispered when the words said "she whispered" so what was the problem. Anyway I will definately listen to the next book in the series.
A different narrator.
Love the book and was looking forward to the audio but the narration was so horrible.
She does horrible men's voices. She makes the main character sound like a child. She whispers too much as well.
Love all of the characters!
Please tell me that the rest of the books in this series will have a different narrator!!!!!
Disappointment. This is my favorite Garwood book. I was really happy to see it available in audio, but Duerden's gravelly voiced, whispery narration totally spoiled it.
I wish I could write to someone in charge of selecting narrators and tell them to stop using Susan Duerden. Her narration of men's voices gets worse with each recording and really spoils a good audio book.
"Read the book."or perhaps-- "Favorite nearly ruined"I was thrilled to see the release of a long-time favorite. However, the narration almost ruined it.
It's still one of my favorite books from Julie Garwood. Read the book. Save your money or credit-- read the book instead.
I hardly liked anything about the performance. Her breathy, sing-songy cadence was almost unbearable. I had to force myself to finish listening to the book. And this is a book that I've read nearly a dozen times!!I was looking forward to getting the other recent audiobooks of early Garwood-- Lion's Lady and Ransom; however, so far, this is the only one I have gotten. The others have the same narrator and I am reluctant to risk ruining those, too. Why not Rosalyn Landor-- as in The Bride or Shadow Music or Prince Charming?
Please consider a different narrator-- Rosalyn Landor or Steve West or Kevan Brighting or Simon Prebble or ...
I like Julie so yes. Susan no!!!!!!
I've listened to a number of other books she's narrated and they all sound the same . I will never buy another book she narrates.
The story was very interesting.
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