5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a great book with superb characters and a great plot. Little did we know what would befall them in RANSOM, however. This book is similar to some other works by Ms. Garwood. Another good one to pick up is *The Rose of Enchantment,* by K.N. Bender. It's as good or better than most romances, and the main character reminds me of Ms. Garwood's hero, Gabriel from...
Published on Mar 12 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Julie Garwood, but this wasnt her best.......
This book was ok....I think what bothered me most about it was the fact that we didnt really get to know the characters all that well. I felt that the begining of their relationship, when they were just getting to know each other, was rushed. To me, that was a crucial time..... because this is when they would have been getting to know one another....I felt that we lost...
Published on Aug 9 2002 by M. I.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable!,
She's very talented and knows how to layer up her characters to the point where you can guess what they'll do next. Her eye for detail is one remarkable thing, and it puts you back in time.
When I started this book, I was hooked. Never put it down! Iain Maitland and Judith Hampton, along with the many others, were greatly brought to life, and their arguments are hilarious. So is the way Iain confuses the heck out of Judith.
All together: A remarkable, beautiful romance. I recommend it to all who like to read a good book. I'd also recommend a few others writers, starting with an all-time fave, Nora Roberts --who also writes under the pen name JD Robb for her "... in Death" series. Barbara Delinsky, Luanne Rice, Danielle Steel, Debbie Macomber, Judith McNaught, and Stephanie Laurens are awesome, too! Check them out whenever you can. You won't regret!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret + Ransom = One Very Happy Romance Reader,
The character's personalities are really good. Iain is direct, forceful and protective, but as the book develops he really lets his guard down with Judith. Judith is sassy and bold and forward thinking, she tries to make things better for the women in Iain's clan, and Iain, being a nice guy in a bad boy's body backs her up and helps her get her way.
Overall I loved this book and reread it a lot. It's charming, funny and sentimental. The ending is great and leads me on to giving the sequel a mention. The sequel is called Ransom and is another one of my Five Star reviews and probably my favourite historical of them all. Reading The Secret really pays off because you can then find out about what happens to Brodick (sigh - surely the sexiest and strong yet kind hero ever written) and Ramsey (not half bad either!) as well as catching up on dear Judith and dishy Iain. In the next book two more heroines, the perceptive and smart Gillian and the naïve but lovable Brigid are introduced. So, what the hell are you waiting for? Read these books!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent... A favorite...,
This story was beautiful, as so many of Ms. Garwood are. The first of hers I read and fell head over heels for was 'Prince Charming'. That was one heck of a book.
Word to Julie Garwood: Keep going.
4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderfully woven story...,
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching,
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Favorite from Garwood,
Years later, Judith travels to Mary Kathleen in order to be present for the birth of Mary Kathleen's first child. To fetch her, Mary Kathleen sends her brotherin-law and laird, Ian, who promptly belives that Judith will have to be taken by force to Scotland. However, when he arrives, she is packed and ready to go.
The love story between Judity and Ian is amazing. It's sweet and progresses with believable pacing. The side characters of Brodrick and Ramsey set up another classic of Garwood "Ransom." However, it is important to realize that one of the main grounding points of this book is the friendship between the two women. This is not a topic often discussed or talked about in a romance novel, and provides a nice change of pace.
I highly recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME,
5.0 out of 5 stars :),
I started this wonderful novel. Not only did I keep it in my hands, but it touched my heart as with all of Julie Garwood's books have done.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone who loves a lovestory.
5.0 out of 5 stars she did it again!,
Judith is a young, innocent woman who's been mistreated as most of the heroines in J.G.'s novels are, but each story has its own appeal. Her childhood friend is pregnant (this prologue isn't bad at all) and Iain Maitland is sent to pick her up. A Scottish laird, he detests the English, but he's totally captivated when he looks into her eyes. And so are two of his other warriers, Brodick and Ramsey. Their stories are told in Ransom.
Judith captivates the Scots. Even the elders, who are set in their ways, warmed to her. I felt that the story lacked a big climax, even though Judith meeting her father was definitely important. However, I was hoping for a big shabang! Perhaps a gathering of the Macleans and the Maitlands.
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The Secret by Julie Garwood (Mass Market Paperback - May 25 2010)
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