The Wedding Hardcover – Nov 26 2002
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From Library Journal
Garwood's fortunes continue to blossom; her last novel, For the Roses (LJ 8/95), marked her tenth best seller. In her latest, a 12th-century Scottish maiden falls for the leader of the clan that abducted her.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Kathe Robin Romantic Times "Utterly delightful...filled with adventure, passion, intrigue, that special Julie Garwood touchof humor, and the magic of love..."
Rendezvous "Her gifted prose is always a treat." --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The heroine, Brenna, is adorable. I laughed out loud at her many times. She is charming and doesn't grate my nerves with an overabundance to prove herself independent. I really did like her more than any heroines that I've read lately.
Connor, what can I say? He was dark, distant, and charmed with Brenna for most of the book. I was impressed by Garwood's creation of him. Put the two together and there's a fantastic story.
The plot isn't too complicated. It isn't overly political, and the storyline is mainly about her characters, which is the reason I read so much in this genre.
I find the dialogue isn't overly forced which is, absolutely, a dealbreaker for me in romance novels...I can't finish a book if their dialogue bores me.
By far, this is probably my favorite romance novel that I can remember. One of the few that I won't pass along to friends for fear I won't have it returned.
I believe that some have forgotten the time that this book was written and upbringing that the main character was raised in. Lady Brenna is fron england and raised in a manner that looks down on lady 'putting there foot down' Lady Brenna comes to her husbands home with her mother in law already staying there. even tho she had been away for many years. Lady brenna does not know her place in the house hold, yes she is married to the laird of the castle but does not know if it her place to tell her mother in law to leave or what every she would like to. She wanted this woman to like her and yelling at her would have made her not like her. I beleve that when her mother in law told her she should let he son have his way with her I think she was so shocked and scared to run screaming to tell her husband. she did not want to embarress him by telling someone else before she spoke to him .
and as for lady brenna's father marring her off to someone she did not know, it was what was done in that time, marriages were done for land and to make peace and to make clans bigger.
I loved all of this book. It kept me up all night reading it.
Anyway, The Wedding is, in my opinion, the weakest of her historical triumphs. I figured this out upon a second read. Why do I dislike it? Connor - the hero - is a jerk. Plain and simple. Normally I can deal with the dark brooding male . . . by the end of the book, he becomes attached to the heroine and the ice melts, forcing us (as readers) to fall in love with him as he realizes the extent of his feelings for his wife/lover/mistress.
Never happened with this one . . . at least for me. I thought Connor treated Brenna like a piece of luggage. I was actually furious with the character on occasion, and that's not good. I don't read romance to get angry. I read it for a nice vacation from my brain.
Garwood's romances have always followed a formula: she creates a heroine who is strong but flawed. The Wedding is no different. There is humor and a sense of sweetness to the English Lady Brenna. She finds herself saddled with a brute of a husband (a 'barbarian' Highlander)and mystically melts in his arms. I just can't figure out why. Connor's self absorbed, obsessed with revenge, and an all around miserable man. Course, by the end of the book he's as soft as milktoast for his wife, but I just didn't feel that he deserved her - even though he realizes the prize he has in his wife.
For great Garwood, there are other places to turn. If you want romance set in the Highlands, look at The Secret or Ransom. I also really liked The Bride. If you're looking for London victorian style stuff, Guardian Angel, Castles, and Lion's Lady are excellent.
The one disapointment I had with the book was her reaction to her stepmother. What a b***h! She really should have stood up more to her, or perhaps simply been more cool and reserved toward her which would not have changed the plot any. Still it's a minor foible in an otherwise very entertaining book.
Most recent customer reviews
Not a continuation of The Bride but Alec and Jaimie are a minor story while the real tale is of Alec's brother-in-arms Connor. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rosewood
My first Julie Garwood book and I am kind of disappointed.
The first part of the book is excellent: the kidnapping, the marriage in the wood. The second part less enjoyable. Read more
This is a terrific addition to "The Bride". Connor and Brenna are a fabulous match with completely captivating character development. Read morePublished on July 11 2008 by A. Pepin
I saw a few reviews that rated this book as less than 5 stars and I am sure they must have read a different book. Read morePublished on July 9 2008 by Lynda K
I think the book was excellent. The first one was just as great. This book had me laughing and crying and sighing. The heated romance with Connor and Brenna is wonderful. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Amazon Customer
I have to admit to being rather bored with this book because it was just like all the other Garwood books. Read morePublished on April 11 2004
Lady Brenna's father has decided she is to marry a Scottish Highlander and quickly packs her up to marry her betrothed. Read morePublished on March 11 2004
I LOVED this book. I have to say that I laughed through the majority of it. The dialog between the two was hilarious. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003