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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Dec 27 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074347418X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743474184
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 16.2 x 3.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,089,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Ransom, New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood returns to her beloved Highlands and the dark days of the despotic rule of King John to reacquaint readers with Scottish chieftain Brodick Buchanan, first introduced in The Secret. Brodick finds himself playing protector to Gillian, an exquisite English beauty, who is desperate to find her long-lost sister and a treasure of incalculable worth--one for which many already have died, including Gillian's own father. Coerced by the fiendish Baron Alford, who murdered her father before her eyes and usurped her birthright 14 years earlier, Gillian must return to England with Arianna's Box, a bejeweled golden box commissioned by King John, or her beloved Uncle Morgan will be tortured to death. In spite of Gillian's fragile looks and her loathsome English bloodlines, Brodick encounters a woman of immeasurable courage and determination, one not at all intimidated by his legendary temper or imposing size. And as he realizes that he has met his match in Gillian--whose sense of honor and duty equals his own--their passion for each other grows ever stronger in this thrilling historical. --Alison Trinkle --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In The Secret (Pocket, 1997), Garwood introduced fans to Brodick Buchanan and Ramsey Sinclair, then left us dangling for years with the hint that Brodick and Ramsey were going wife-hunting to find the happiness Laird Ian Maitland found in his Judith. Well, they don't seem to have remembered the purpose of their quest, possibly because each is too busy being laird of his own clan. When Lady Gillian arrives in Scotland to search for her long-lost sister and to return a kidnapped boy to the Maitlands, she pulls Brodick away from his duties by claiming to be his bride. Her guardian, Baron Alford, believes her sister holds the key to a treasure King John is desperate to find. Alford, the man responsible for killing Gillian's father, uses her uncle as a ransom against her return. Gillian needs Brodick's help to locate her sister, who is believed to be hiding within Ramsey's clan. When the two strong-willed people meet, tempers flare and sparks fly. Jan Maxwell provides an excellent interpretation of the nuances of Garwood's writing, but the abridgment itself leaps too quickly across important plot points and lingers on background material, leaving listeners to wonder "What happened?" Wait for the unabridged version. Not recommended.AMelanie C. Duncan, Washington Memorial Lib., Macon, GA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Katie on July 13 2004
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Ransom by Julie Garwood is only my second book by this author (the first being Heartbreaker which is more contemporary but nonetheless very good). Overall this book is simply wonderful, heartwarming, romantic, exciting... I could go on forever. I would recommend this book to any mystery, romance, historical fiction lovers out there. Judging from my first two Julie Garwood novels, she is a very talented author and I look forward to enjoying much more of her work. I have already placed three of her novels on order at my local library.
Ransom is the story of Lady Gillian, whose father is killed and family destroyed when she is only five and Baron Alford invades her home. She is separated from her sister Christen, who flees into Scotland for protection. Gillian remains in England with her Uncle Morgan. When she grows up, her uncle is held for ransom until Gillian can find Arriana's box, King John's missing treasure that holds the clue to who killed his one true love. Gillian has reason to believe that her sister has the box, so she escapes the baron with a kidnapped Scottish boy, Alec. They head to Scotland to find Christen, and fall together with the laird and a few soldiers of the Buchanan clan. Gillian falls in love with the laird, Brodick.
Also included included in the storyline is the romance of Ramsey Sinclair and Bridgid, although it plays a disappointingly secondary role to the main romance between Brodick and Gillian. Between searching for her sister, finding a traitor in the midst of the Sinclair clan whom only Gillian can recognize, and falling in love, the plot is amazing in its complexity. The setting feels utterly real and the dialogue is witty and entertaining.
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Gillian was just a small child when she saw her father murdered by the vicious Baron Alford. Claimed as Baron Alford's ward, Gillian was fortunate enough to be raised by her beloved Uncle Morgan, but Baron Alford soon called her back to his castle. For the Baron needed to produce Arianna's Box, a bejeweled golden box commissioned by King John, or King John would kill him. King John had never forgiven Gillian's father for murdering his great love, his beautiful Arianna, but he was convinced that Gillian would know where the box was hidden. Unfortunately, Gillian had no idea, but she knew that they would carry through their threat of torturing and killing her Uncle Morgan if she didn't find the box. She also knew that they would kill the young child, Alec, the son of a Highland chieftain, as soon as they discovered that they had kidnapped the wrong child. Left with no choice, Gillian took Alec and fled for the Highlands to find her long-lost older sister and to return Alec to his home and parents.
Gillian knew that she needed help to find her sister and she knew that she would need a strong champion to help her save her Uncle Morgan. When Alec waxed eloquent about his protector, Brodick Buchanan, Gillian knew that she had found her champion. By pretending to be Brodick's bride, Gillian ensured that Brodick would find her quickly and she could see his skills with her own eyes. When Gillian first spotted Brodick, she knew she was in trouble. The man was so stubborn and exasperating, but she found herself falling in love with him regardless. Brodick knew that Gillian was English, which was a pretty big flaw, but he had never seen anyone so lovely and she didn't seem to be afraid of him, which was a first.
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By Jem S. on March 13 2004
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I think Garwood did a better job here than in the Secret...
INTRODUCTION WITH PROLOGUE: I thought it started off pretty good. IT begun with a tragedy and a promise of vengeance. I like Gillian's character and I think she is the best Garwood heroine. She had endured a lot of hardships and I find myself symphatizing with her. Garwood has perfectly molded a courageous and brave heroine, though she's oblivious with her strengths. I also think Alec is adorable with his you-know-what questions. I met Brodick in the Secret, and I like him better than Iain.
THE MIDDLE: I was almost impress with this novel...but when I got into the middle, it slid off into the usual Garwood pattern...Gillian and Bridgid turned into "Judith" and "Frances Catherine" Father Laggan was hilarious. The mystery of the traitor's identity kept the novel from going downhill altogether.
THE ENDING: Here, it started to climb up again. Garwood has brought back the adventure and excitement that was lost in the middle part. The ending, thank god, is not cheesy. I thought it was funny and just right.
All in all, this is a good book which is worth reading. I hoped that Garwood has written a better prequel than the Secret.
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Ransom is a beautiful, epic story about a young English woman's quest to save her uncle, and at the same time three Scottish Laird's journey to take revenge on an evil Baron who has threatened them all. Ransom is also about the developing relationships between Gillian and Brodick Buchanan and Brigid and Ramsey Sinclair.
Some reviewers have mentioned that they felt Ramsey and Brigid deserved more time or that they should have had a separate book. They have also commented that Brodick and Gillian were not so interesting. I don't normally comment on other reviews - we all have a right to our opinions after all! - but in this case I just had to respond, as I couldn't disagree more.
Gillian and Brodick are a wonderful couple; Gillian is clever and smart as well as beautiful and brave, and Brodick is confident, protective, sexy and brave too. What I loved was that he always had respect for Gillian's abilities unlike many alpha heroes, even when Gillian doubted herself he always reassured her. He even defended her skills to other people rather than belittling her or treating her badly as heroes in other historicals are prone to do with alarming regularity.
Gillian and Brodick in my opinion deserve the extra time - although Brigid and Ramsey were great too - because they were much less conventional than the other couple, which made their story even more engrossing. Their dialogue was electric and it was clear to me that they belonged together - no one else would have been quite right for them.
Overall Ransom was fantastic and included all the elements I love in a romantic novel.
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