I absolutely loved this book from the Highlands' series. I read it in two days!
Highly reccomended, especially if you have read the other two Highlands' books before...It was nice to read it a little backwards.
Perhaps not the most edifying historical romance but a fun and charming story nonetheless. Judith is an English lady taken to Scotland by Highland Laird Iain Maitland to care for her BFF during her pregnancy and childbirth. The romance progresses quickly and all that stands between them is her secret parentage, she's the daughter of a rival laird. Nothing terribly deep in the story, the characters are simple and the tension in the story never feels very dramatic. But they characters are likeable and the story is swift and fun to read.
This is, by far, my favorite of Julie Garwood's books. I've read this one so many times that I'm on my 4th copy of the book. Strong hero (love those Highland Lairds) with a great heroine who comes into her own in a big way. Fantasic secondary characters leading into the rest of this great series.
If you like Julie Garwood Highland books, you will like this one. Two friends, one English and one Scottish met when they were children. They saw each other once a year, but never forgot each other. When the Scottish girl needed the English girls help, she came to her in the Highlands. There is some comedy, some drama and some mystery in this book and is one of my favorites.
Really good read. Excellent alpha male hero. Independent-minded, feisty heroine. Medieval Scotland setting. Hot sex. Interesting secondary characters. I couldn't put it down -- read the whole thing one Sunday.
I liked Julie Garwood's Highlander books and this one is just as great as the others. I actually thought this one was funnier than all the rest, and it had me laughing out loud. It's a great "feel good" book and I would recommend it to anyone.
This book was great. It had me laughing from the beginning. Throughout the book, i couldnt help smiling to myself. Only problem is that I would have wanted to know a little more about her dad and brother...overall greatly recommend
This book was a suprise read. I had bought this along with many others just to have something to read when I was out of "good books". But when I started reading this book, it was deceiving, and turned out to be a very good read. It's not just another run of the mill books about some Scottish Lord. It grips you and makes you feel a part of the scenery into which the book propels you. You can see in your minds eye the surrounding lands, and peoples of this book. You find yourself wanting your husband, boyfriend, to be like the handsome, rugged, and wise Iain of Scotland. He is not your typical laird of his clan.
I couldn't have even begun to imagine a more heartwarming and amusing story than Judith and Iain's. Everything about this book was absolutely perfect. I loved all of the characters and loved to hate the villains. I'm amazed at how quickly each character stole my heart. Many of the minor characters, who only had their say for a few characters, manged to carve a place for themselves too.
The relationships were really what made this book. My favorite obviously being Judith and Iain's. I loved how sweet it was but at the same time it was fiery and banter filled. I also adored Judith and Frances Catherine's friendship as well as the odd friendship between Judith and Brodick (so funny).
I never picked up this book expecting it to make me laugh, especially not laugh out loud. Judith was an amazing character to read about and she always kept me laughing. The responses she drew from other characters were always amusing. My favorites were usually when she was purposely making Iain or Brodick mad.
I'm always wary before reading a medieval historical romance because of the extra religious nature they tend to pick up as well as the anti-women attitude some characters have. I'm so glad I gave this book a chance despite my misgivings. I thought Garwood did an amazing job with these common medieval values. She included them but they were never overbearing or tedious.
I love reading historicals but after about a year I find that they tend to blend together with the others I've read. The Secret is memorable, and while an hour hasn't even pasted yet, I don't see myself forgetting this wonderful story any time soon.
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c1100 tale set in medieval Scotland. Interesting plot and subplots of intrique and romance. First of a series - the second book is Ransome. If you like historical romance novels this is far above ordinary. First published in 1992. This paperback is 2005.
She's put the gut feeling in words!
I certainly loved this book, although, I really haven't read a Garwood book that I didn't like. What I most enjoyed was the gut feeling of Love that Iain and Judith had for each other was so very well told in this book. My favorite line was when Iain decided he would marry Judith, he never proposed, he just told her he was going to keep her! Enjoy the book!
Don't know how I'd missed this little jewel, thought I'd read all Julie Garwood's books. She never disappoints! I loved the story, the girl's friendship and the double names. Worth re-reading if its been awhile.
Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud an loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another, private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands; to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling that any she had ever encountered.
In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain's searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt is soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan...not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious loves!
Another one of Julie Garwood's great books. I love her writing!
Judith Hampton promised to travel to Scotland to be with her best friend, Frances Catherine, when she gave birth to her first child. The women had been friends since childhood and had promised to always be there for each other. When a group of Scottish Warriors arrive in England to escort Judith on her trip, she meets their Laird, Iain Maitland. He is big and scary, but Judith is drawn to him. Iain doesn't like the English and hoped that Judith would break her promise to his sister-in-law Frances Catherine. But when she is eager to get to Scotland, he has no choice but to escort her.
Another wonderful historical romance by Julie Garwood. Judith and Iain strike sparks off of each other from their first meeting. She falls in love with him right away and suspects that he is falling for her too. But she must make sure he never learns the secret she is keeping from him and the other members of the Maitland Clan. My rating: 5 Stars.