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.
I really love this book. Typical Julie Garwood, good character development, and the story moves along nicely. Many parts had me laughing.
The wedding ceremony.
The audio narration is horrible! I purchased the audio that comes with the kindle version because it was offered at a huge discount. The narrator's normal reading voice is pleasant enough, but her attempt at the male Scottish voices is horrendous. So bad I had to turn it off and just read the book. She puts a strange accent on the male voices that sounds like the stereotypical Transylvanian vampire voice or the Count from Sesame Street! I'm glad I purchased the kindle version otherwise the narrator would have totally ruined the story for me.
My favorite books are 'Historical Romance'. A good book takes you away from your everyday life & puts you in the middle of an adventure.
I think I've listened to this story 9 or 10 times. It is so funny & romantic. A perfect combination for entertaining the reader/listener. Buy this book. You will love it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️😀
As with all her Highlander stories Ms Garwood covers all the bases for what I consider necessary to make a great historical highlander romance.
Well developed characters with interesting backgrounds. A strong, intelligent, interesting female lead and a thoughful, handsome, intelligent male lead.
I love instant attraction in my romance novels, witty conversation, and the how and why these two fall in love over the course of the story.
As in her other stories there is some darkness, and pain, but neither is deliberately inflicted by our leads on each other. No, they work together, and for each other to solve their problems, whether their physical or emotional.
Judith and Ian have a wonderful, romantic, interesting tale to tell. I wasn't disappointed at any point and enjoyed it very much. (I've actually listened to this multiple times :) )
Nv Native American, 1 room school house, hi school of 30, Raised 4-2& 2 ala Brady Bnch, lv audio books, home bound widow. M happy. Thnx AB.
The biggest Secret in this wonderful book is that not only does Julie Garwood have the heroine leading the Women's Lib Chapter for the castle and the book's other characters love her for it but I'm listening, totally Enthralled believing every word of it! Now that's talent! Of course, Susann Duerdon does a better than average job of narration and if not for a couple of places where she stumbled doing the men's voices (enough for me to lose the rhythm of the story) Susan would have had the Big Five on her board too. With most authors, they have one particular book that is their best. With Garwood, it's plural! The Secret is one of the special ones.
I would say that it helped time go by as I drive to work.
The story was ok, but the narration was not very good. The women all sounded like little girls and the men either whisper or screech.
I would not recommend this book to my friends.
Probably not; I do not like how she narrates.
I would probably see this book as a movie.
I love this book. I read it many times throughout my life and when I saw it on audible I had to have it. The characters are so charming and lovable. I never get tired of this story. It makes me laugh every time I read it. It is worth reading for the marriage scene alone. Love it!!
Yes, it has a great storyline and was a wonderful read.
She talked soft and made all the guy voices sound like an old batman character. I couldn't listen to more then the third chapter then stopped.
I'm one of the reviewers at the Guilty Indulgence Review Site. I am always reading - I don't go anywhere without an ebook or audiobook!
I thoroughly enjoyed the telling of The Secret and have plans to listen to the entire series. The relationships and character development seem at the forefront of the author's story. Though there were moments when I wish I could've jumped in to tell the women to just tell their secret, in the end it all played out well.
Lovers of historical romance will enjoy this book.
Yes I would. I found it interesting and funny and all over a very well written story
The over all story was interesting
Susan did a wonderful job of making you feel like the characters were all there with you
It made me laugh alot
Very well written and read
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