New York Times best-selling author Julie Garwood has captured the hearts of millions of listeners worldwide with timeless tales of love and soaring adventure. Now, returning to the enchanting world of her classic love story “The Bride,” she brings to glorious life the passion, intrigue, and rivalry of medieval Scotland....
Resigned to an arranged marriage to a highland laird she has never met, Lady Brenna journeys from England to Scotland certain she will suffer a loveless marriage. But en route to her betrothed, a rival band of Werce, painted warriors intercept her caravan and demand that she marry their leader -- the handsome, quick-tempered laird Connor MacAlister, the same man she'd repeatedly proposed to as a child while he'd been a visitor to her father's castle.
Though Brenna scarcely remembers the secret missives she'd sent to MacAlister declaring her love, she has never forgotten the tall visitor's dazzling, unexpected smile. Now older and wiser, Brenna harbors no illusions that Connor is in love with her -- indeed, after a hasty forest wedding, Connor assures her she can return home once she has borne him a son. Lady Brenna has no idea that her capture is merely the first act of vengeance against her betrothed, Connor's sworn enemy.
Determined to be happy, Brenna soon endears herself to most of the MacAlister clan, despite -- or perhaps because of -- her uncanny knack for getting into trouble. And although she comes to adore her brave, superstitious, gentle husband, she has no clue that Connor lives for the moments she whispers "I love you"...words she never meant him to hear. But, as she sets out to win the heart of the brave chieftain, a legacy of revenge ensnares Brenna in a furious clan war -- and only her faith in her gallant husband can save her....
©2012 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ ***Love All Romances.....Especially Detailed Historical Type*** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain Spoilers"~~
Most Julie Garwood books are wonderful stories and this one didn't disappoint. This book is the charming and entertaining story of Brenna and Conner that is jam packed with feisty conversations and laugh out loud funny scenes. Of course it wouldn't be a Highlander book without the bad guys who added a bit of mystery and sadness to the tale. It's a light feel good type of book that is worth a credit but because the price is reasonable you may not choose to use the credit. Either way it is worth a listen.
I can count on Julie Garwood to give me a good book that I can escape into. But I really like the ones set in the Highlands.There's nothing like a Highland warrior. (Hot flash!) But no matter how good the story, the narration really makes a difference. Heather Wilds doesn't just read the story, she brings it to life. I want to listen to more stories read by Heather Wilds.
Her Male Scotts sounds like Sesame Street's The Count.
The book was a bit hard to get into at first, you feel as if you must have missed some key information that links it to The Bride. But early on there is no link... it comes later and really isnt that strong. So if you didnt hear the Bride its OK. This takes its own path. I ENJOYED THE PLOT and its twists MORE THAN THE BRIDE. Will listen to this again.
Great love story. This is the first Julie Garwood book that I couldn't quit listening too. The narrator made the book.
"I wear a fez now, fez's are cool"
Heroine= Quirky? Check. Stunningly beautiful? Check. Prone to some kind of oddity? Check. Argumentative, a bit obtuse and very unclear with what she wants? Check. Smells a bit like a flower, fruit or sweet meat? Check.
Hero= Tallest man in the room? Check. (each book they seem to get taller, I am thinking the females need a new quirk - super neck pain from the strain of leaning back just to see the giants chin) Scariest, most intimidating male figure ever? Check. Argumentative, always right, superior to all in physical prowess and hotness? Check. Most feared warrior ever? Check. Confused by the wife and yet believes she should just do as he bids? Check...
Things to note before reading a Garwood book, you might smile like a silly insane person because they are lighthearted fun. I would also note, reading these in succession is probably not a good idea, especially if you have a good memory for details or characters. Garwood follows a formula very religiously.
Her books are generally fun non complicated reading. They aren't the fantastic romances I remember from my early adult years but they are worth it if you like historical romances with highlanders.
I would like for the publisher to pick a narrator though, perhaps use Rosalyn Landor, she is by far the best narrator I have listened to with regards to these books. Heather Wilds has a pleasant enough voice, she didn't whisper or sound like she was an old man swallowing a bag of rocks, but she didn't pause at all between PoV changes, which can be an issue with Garwood's books as the writer tends to PoV switch quite a bit.
I'm not sure. It just wasn't as entertaining as the first one. The characters weren't as vivid as the ones from the first book. Maybe if it was read by the same person as the first in the series it would be more comparable.
If you like Julie Garwood I guess you might enjoy this book. I would not recommend it to someone who has never read one of her other books. She is a good writer and I would not have someone judge all of her material by this one
No I don't think this one should have been a follow up for the Bride either.
Yes! I will surely will listen to it again. Love the story and the narrator does a pretty good job her voice is easy to listen to.
Both Brenna and Connor can't go wrong with both. The go together like bacon and eggs.
When listening to a book is like having a bran new version of the book if it's done well and she does. She as a nice voice not scratchy nor gruff nor whinny (I hate whinny voices). But I wouldn't stop reading the print or e-book they all go together.
Blue Paint and Weddings
I've not read the print version of this book. However, the audio version allows the narrator the ability to inflect emotion into the "voices" of the characters.
When Connor returns to the castle on horseback and snatches Brenna off the ground during full gallop, he is just realizing what she means to him.
The first half of the story set the stage for the second half, it was snow moving and made me wonder how long it would take to get through the rest of the story. But once the second half started, I actually did listen all in one sitting. It was such a "page turner" that I ended up listening to it late into the night and left me so revved up that I couldn't fall asleep right away. I got up, worked for a couple of hours, then finally falling asleep in the wee hours of the morning. I haven't had a book do that to me in a long, long time.
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
Garwood once again created outstanding characters and their banter is the best element of the book. Heather Wilds is an EXCEPTIONAL narrator and is only second to Kate Reading in my opinion. This book is not as good as The Bride, but is still great and credit worthy. If you enjoy Garwood's characters then you will like these as well. I actually liked the first half of the book much better than the last half. The first half had me laughing and crying. Then it seemed to slightly flatten out, but I still enjoyed it very much.
The story was fun to listen to. I always appreciate Garwood's engaging characters and infusion of humor as well as a bit of suspense! I confess I had to go back and relisten to The Bride before I listened to this because they have related characters. I believe that enhanced this story. It was an enjoyable use of a credit.
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