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The Secret Audiobook

The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Katherine Garden Grove, CA, United States 01-24-16
    Katherine Garden Grove, CA, United States 01-24-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Julie Garwood is an awesome story teller."

    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 :) )

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    dee 12-03-15
    dee 12-03-15

    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.

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    "What I wouldn't give to see Gloria S. In this era......."

    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.

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    Lynette 11-09-15
    Lynette 11-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "This was ok"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Secret to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to my friends.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Duerden’s performances?

    Probably not; I do not like how she narrates.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would probably see this book as a movie.


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    Killianac 10-26-15
    Killianac 10-26-15
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    "I listen to this at least once every six months!"

    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!!

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    Amazon Customer JACKSONVILLE, FL, US 10-24-15
    Amazon Customer JACKSONVILLE, FL, US 10-24-15
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    "Great Book, but I didn't like how it was narrated"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it has a great storyline and was a wonderful read.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

    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.


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    Ndulgent Bloggrs Virginia, United States 09-30-15
    Ndulgent Bloggrs Virginia, United States 09-30-15 Member Since 2010

    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!

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    "It's No Secret: This Book is Great!"

    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.

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    Georgia Delaware, OH, United States 09-27-15
    Georgia Delaware, OH, United States 09-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A breath of fresh air"
    Would you listen to The Secret again? Why?

    Yes I would. I found it interesting and funny and all over a very well written story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The over all story was interesting


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Susan did a wonderful job of making you feel like the characters were all there with you


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh alot


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written and read

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    MarthaMary 09-22-15
    MarthaMary 09-22-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great narration"

    Gar wood writing is well done. Not too heavy or complicated. Just a soothing read.

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    Ruby Caine 08-11-15
    Ruby Caine 08-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Most have for Garwood fans"

    Duerden brings Garwood's characters to life. You won't be able to put it down. Now to enjoy Ramsom,

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    Graciela Reyna 08-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Imagination comes to life"

    Very entertaining and really could picture the scenes come to life. Listening to the story just reminded me why I really love reading all of Ms. Garwood's books.

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