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.
Home is where my books are.
I know it's spring when I want to dive into my Julie Garwood Highland Lords stash. This book, The Wedding, is book one in a two book series, and one of my favorites.
Brenna meets the giant Highlander, Connor MacAlister, when she is little more than a baby. Even though she is covered in dirt and hiding a piglet in the folds of her gown, he scoops her up out of harms way, and steals her heart. Right then and there, she decides she will marry him, and proceeds to send him marriage proposals over the years as she grows up.
Years later, Connor's enemy is expecting the arrival of his bride from England, and Conner decides to foil him by intercepting the lady and marrying her himself. Of course, it's Brenna, now a grown young lady, she has no memory of Connor or her proposals. But he remembers everything.
Like all of Garwood's Highlander books, the strong, stoic, powerful (and secretly charmed) Highlanders, are all pretty much the same guy in every book -- while the young, innocent virgins are all the same girl. Only the situations alter, but I don't care. After I pull the weeds and spray the flower food on the garden, I relax into my anti-gravity lounger with iced tea, a cookie. With my earbuds firmly fitted into my ears, I disappear to wander through the wild flowers in the highlands, for a lovely escape and a little romance.
The 1st book, The Bride, is just as good.
Other books in my playlist include Garwood's The Secret, Ransom and Shadow Music -- all of them are wonderful!
Saving Grace is another book I've added, but I haven't worked my way down to it, yet.
I enjoyed this audiobook but I wouldn't but didn't find anything particularly special about it. The plot was predictable and the characters were easy to like but not too deep. The narrator was alright, some might even say good... But I found her Scottish accent severely lacking, sounding more Russian than anything else. Over all it satisfied my craving for a lighthearted romance but it didn't leave me wowed.
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 loved this story so much. I've listened to it 4 times. It makes you laugh, and stirs your heart with sweet moments that only Julie Garwood can write.
Heather Wilds did an excellent job narrating and truly brought the characters to life. Loved it. A must read.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I typically adore Julie Garwood's highland warrior novels, The Bride, being one of them, but something went terribly wrong with this one. I mean, was this book even written by J.G.? It had some of the qualities, but definitely fell short of a fabulous highland novel penned with her magic touch.
The problem is with Connor MacAlister, the protagonist. The problem is that he had the personality, understanding of women, and sensibilities of a rock. His flat, harsh personality made the dialogue portions between him and Lady Brenna dull and boring, because he's pretty much hollow.
I was surprised that characters from the previous book, The Bride--- Laird Alec Kincaid and Jamie's relationship didn't have that much of a strong impact on him---well, if it did, that influence didn't come out till the very end of the book...which made it too long for me.
In the previous book, when Alex Kincaid would say things to Jamie, such as, "you have value, but 2nd place to my horse," well the man was just kidding and pressing Jamie's buttons. Yet, with Connor, when he conveyed where Brenna ranked on his list of priorities and things he considered valuable, well he pretty much meant it when he named his horse as first priority. There was also distasteful violence against a horse in this book and soldiers. I thought that was too much, as well.
Regarding the heroine, Brenna was flighty, but very sweet and incessantly patient with the bad luck she had in marrying Connor. She loved him even though he said harsh things to her, and didn't really treat her well. He was also dismissive and did not inspire trustworthiness, and this left Brenna vulnerable to his enemies.
The change of heart and character came about way too late for me in the book. When the change of heart and promise of true love comes about in the last scene in the book, um....nope not good enough to be considered a good read/listen.
Regarding the narrator, Heather Wilds was really good. I enjoyed her performance.
Doing the right thing is the hardest thing you will ever do" but one must try.. everyday. I thank my parents and heavenly father for the faundation of my life. I continue to build on it every day with the help of all my great friends and family. Love is a great faundation for life and Books are like a great meal that one must enjoy slowly ;)
A story about moving on, forgiveness and of course love ... It was a great story very entertaining
Laugh out loud
Brennan because she made me laugh out loud. What a handful. You just had to keep reading to find out what she would do next.
Too many to pick one.
Yes, but I did not have the time. I did stay up late to finish it though.
This is a real keeper. One of the best books I have heard in a long time.
The married mama who is always on the move! :D
I loved The Bride! The Wedding showed a growth and strengthening of the clans and families. I so hope that Julie Garwood will do a book on Quinlyn and Faith. I would also love to see one with Crispin as well! Hooked!
Julie Garwood is my favorite romance author. From beginning to end I am either smiling, laughing or tearing up. This book was no exception. Good story and characters that were either easily liked or easily hated.
The narrator did a good job conveying the characters emotions. The listener could feel the happiness, anger, terror and all other emotions due to the narrator.
This will definitely be one I will listen to again!!
This author is one of my favorite. However, this book is not my favorite of hers. Tends to ramble and talk in circles about the same subject. Characters not as lovable as past main characters. Most books are pretty humorous this is lacking. I say all this not to bash the book just saying why 4 not 5 stars.
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