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The Wedding: The Lairds' Brides, Book 2 | [Julie Garwood]

The Wedding: The Lairds' Brides, Book 2

New York Times bestselling 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....
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 06-23-14
    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "Funny!!! Romance!!! Entertaining!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very entertaining!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brenna, her stubborniness drove Connor crazy!!


    Which character – as performed by Heather Wilds – was your favorite?

    Heather did an amazing job on ALL characters!! Very passionate narrator.


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

    I always laugh in Julie's stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Newmarket, NH, United States 03-18-14
    Elizabeth Newmarket, NH, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2012

    "I wear a fez now, fez's are cool"

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    "Garwood is best in small doses"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    vilma psl, FL, United States 03-04-14
    vilma psl, FL, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Ok but not as good as The Bride"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


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

    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


    Do you think The Wedding needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No I don't think this one should have been a follow up for the Bride either.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris ironton, MO, United States 11-12-13
    chris ironton, MO, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love Julie Garwood books."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story is good. Very enjoyable. Very believable.


    What other book might you compare The Wedding to and why?

    The Bride


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She did ok - just not as good as some of the other narrators of Julie's (especially Roslyn Landor). Ms Landor was sooooo wonderful in The Bride! I have listened to it many times. It is my 'go to' book when I don't know just what I want but know I want a really good, fun read.


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

    It made me laugh a few times. I had a hard time with the narration of the main male characters voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Would buy this again if Roslyn Landor would do the narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eran Oakley, CA, United States 10-27-13
    Eran Oakley, CA, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Will do anything for books!

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    "Great Highland Story"

    I really enjoyed this one! It is the second in a 2 book series. I'd go for more honestly, but was good. I really liked both the Hero and Heroine! I cried, I laughed, I sighed and let me tell you I didn't fall asleep until well after 2am when the book was finished!

    I will say I think I liked the first book more, but I'm not sure. This book is similar and we get to revisit with Alec & Jamie from the first book. I love to catch up!! The couple is similar in personalities but not completely, different enough to make it great. I will enjoy this series over and over and over again! Definitely worth the credit, or in this case the $10 :)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-26-13
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Wonderful romance!"

    How can you not love a big, strong, handsome and challenging laird? Love those Highlanders. This love story was definitely worth the time and credit spent. I recommend it to those interested in passion, love and action, though not much.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    C. Velez USA 09-21-13
    C. Velez USA 09-21-13

    C. Velez

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    "wish performance would have been better"
    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Heather Wilds?

    Julie Garwood yes, definitely. Heather Wilds probably not.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wedding?

    I like the story, have owned the paper book for a long time but just purchased the audio so I could listen to it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotone reading, she puts no life into the story, everything is said pretty much in the same way. The poor highlanders sound like such wimps!


    Was The Wedding worth the listening time?

    mmm I wanted to listen to the book again so I put up with the narrator.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M NY, United States 09-01-13
    M NY, United States 09-01-13
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    "Story so-so, narration might have improved it..."

    I was somewhat disappointed in this audiobook. The story was OK - a bit predictable - and although not the best romance I've ever read, it was certainly not the worst. I did start out slowly and confusingly, but got better towards the end. But the worst part was the narration.

    I gave Heather Wilds two stars instead of one only because there is no denying she has a very pleasant voice. Unfortunately, it is was woefully expressionless most of the time - or maybe melancholy is a better description. She was simply reading the book out loud. There were no real character distinctions and although I could usually tell if it was a man or a woman speaking, because she did at least change her pitch for that, I certainly could not distinguish between characters of the same sex. Same tone, same volume, same speed all the time, regardless if it was an action scene, a romantic encounter, or heated argument. There WAS no heat, or passion, or amusement, or frustration, or sadness, or fear, or any other emotion expressed in her voice. The monotony of all this made it a very dull listen for me...I will not download another book narrated by HW unless she improves dramatically. I'll give her a few years and then we'll see.

    Finally, which is probably more the fault of the recording team than the narrator.... no real pauses during scene changes. I found myself repeatedly rewinding to find out what was going on - not something I typically do. Very irritating.

    My recommendation is to buy the book instead.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda GREENSBORO, NC, United States 09-03-13
    Lynda GREENSBORO, NC, United States 09-03-13
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    "Narrator could have been better"
    What disappointed you about The Wedding?

    THE NARRATOR PRESENTED THE HIGHLANDERS IN A LITTLE BOYS VOICE. RUINED THE STORY LINE. STEVEN CROSSLEY DID A BETTER JOB IN EARLIER VERSION.


    What other book might you compare The Wedding to and why?

    NONE


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    CHILD LIKE VOICE FOR ADULTS


    What character would you cut from The Wedding?

    NONE


    Any additional comments?

    NO

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Knoxville, TN, United States 10-15-13
    Heather Knoxville, TN, United States 10-15-13
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    "Good story. Horrible narration"
    Any additional comments?

    I love Julie Garwood but this narrator is horrible! Her Scottish accent sounds like a Russian and her male lead sounds like a 12 yr-old boy. It ruined the story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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