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Honorable, protective, caring and, oh yes, arrogant. He didn't ask, he demanded. His marriage proposal to Judith made me gasp, then laugh.

It was so delicious and outrageous. LOL And yet, he couldn't find a way to get her to understand the "chain of command" to be followed in his clan. But he was no fool when it came to Judith and didn't waste time trying to keep her at arm's lenght.

Judith was as great as Iain.

Honorable, kind-hearted and smart. Stubborn too, because that was the only way she could meet Iain's arrogance. She wasn't afraid to stand her ground but she never acted like those stupid heroines who pick a fight with the hero just to show how "feisty" they are.

She was above that. Seeing her argue her cases in her particular ilogical way of thinking was too funny. The storyline is captivating, the characters lovable and the love story enough to make me sigh. I will definitely be listening to more in the future. View all 14 comments. This book was amazing! I loved how possessive the hero was towards the heroine. He would not let he ride with anyone else during their trip to the keep. Omg he was just so sweet and he was loving.

Their chemistry was off the charts and the whole birthing rights and rituals was just great to read. I had to look up everything. Wow have we come a long way from these dark days.

The whole sin of eve thing was pissing me off. It was those times I guess. Still loved it. View all 25 comments. Delightful 4 stars The Secret was a delight to read.

I did, however, find it difficult to feel the connection and chemistry between Iain's and Judith's characters during the first half of the book. In fact, at times I felt there was more chemistry between Judith and Brodick than between Judith and Iain. Fortunately, by the end of the story I was a firm believer in Judith's and Iain's rela Delightful 4 stars The Secret was a delight to read.

Fortunately, by the end of the story I was a firm believer in Judith's and Iain's relationship. There is a reason I gave this book a higher rating than I normally would have, considering I was less than enchanted with the romantic element between the two main characters. I loved the richly developed and engaging relationships that Iain and Judith had with the secondary characters. I especially loved the beautifully portrayed friendship between Judith and her best friend, Frances Catherine.

Their friendship, in many ways, was the heart of the story and provided many of the books endearing moments. I cannot end this review without raving about my favorite part of this book, the wedding scene. It was brilliantly and cleverly written and makes me laugh every time I think about it. By far the best written wedding scene I've read to date!

Over all, I enjoyed The Secret and would recommend it.

Julie Garwood has a way of leaving me smiling and always wanting more. View all 27 comments. Jan 17, Choko rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoyed it exactly for what it was - a romance in a very difficult for women time.

I know most of my GR friends get upset over the almost none existing female rights of those times and want all heroines to be strong, bold and independent, which would be absolutely absurd for their environment.

Although I like the historical accurate portrayal of that, this book manages to successfully combine a close proximity to Historical accuracy with strong female characters.

Yes, there is the insta-love thing, and the overbearing layered, as well as the very positive bias toward the Highlanders vs. And I am sure that every woman who has ever read a romance novel knows, the Scottish man, being from the highlands, lowlands or the border region, is the hottest, most virulent man in the world!!! I am saving for a vacation there, so they better not disappoint me!

But feel free to be jealous! View all 6 comments. I am so, so very glad I did! Book after book, I didn't have time to stop and write down my thoughts because I couldn 5 bloody brilliant, hot Highland Laird stars! Book after book, I didn't have time to stop and write down my thoughts because I couldn't stop reading long enough to do so.

This story will always be a favorite read, but as a listen? It's amazing! New York Times best-selling author Julie Garwood captures the Highland splendor of medieval Scotland in this breathtaking love story. The inspiration for her acclaimed bestseller Ransom, this classic tale is a passionate masterpiece from one of the best-loved storytellers of all time.

The Secret

Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and 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 reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: 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 than 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.

My review Julie Garwood was my first venture into Historical Romance, and the genre became an instant favorite.

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Okay, maybe "wept" is a bit of an exaggeration, but not much! When people ask what my favorite HR novel is, I always think of Garwood's books. But I can honestly say, The Secret is right up there on the list. And I've fallen in love with it, all over again.

This past weekend I listened and read along - Kindle to Susan Duerden not just read the book, but perform it. Her incredible ability to let each character's unique personality shine through made this an absolute delight to experience. The prologue is one of the best I had ever read, and now listening to Ms. Duerden bring the wee little girls, Judith and Frances Catherine to life Every page, every sentence, every word The bottom line As I said, my reading time is precious to me and there isn't enough of it, but when I needed something familiar and comforting, I chose this book.

That in itself should bear testament to how much I adore The Secret. I sighed, I smiled, I laughed View all 57 comments.

Oct 30, D. This is my first book by Julie Garwood and it may be my last. Yes, I enjoyed this book but I found it too cutesy and simplistic. On one hand, you have very serious topics: All of the formidable warriors fall at her feet overnight and the fearsome council becomes a gang of cute old guys.

As if justice or logic has anything to do with distrust and different customs among cultures. Do you really think this is likely? Jul 29, NMmomof4 rated it really liked it Shelves: This wasn't quite as good as I had hoped it would be. I didn't dislike it, but I just didn't love it either.

The prologue sucked me in right from the start! The girls' friendship was too cute and I was so excited to continue on the story. It has to be one of the best prologues I've read in a while! The friendship amongst the women and a few of the elders was definitely the highlight of the story for me.

I felt like the romance was off to great start, but then quickly 3. I felt like the romance was off to great start, but then quickly took a backseat to the clan and family drama going on. That was a definite bummer, because I really enjoyed the H at first but he seemed to just fizzle out for me.

The ending felt way too abrupt too, and where was my beloved epilogue?! Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Judith and Iain story.

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The meet when Iain is sent to get Judith from England to bring her back to the highlands to help with his sister-in-law's birthing. He is distrustful of the English woman at first, but quickly cannot deny that his initial judgments were too hasty. They quickly are unable to fight their strong attraction to each other, and share a few unexpected kisses. The more time they spend together, the more they cannot deny the pull they feel towards one another and fall in love.

There is some clan and family drama, a few sexy times, and some funny moments This alternated between focusing on Judith and Iain in 3rd person narrative. Overall Pace of Story: The ending did feel abrupt, but otherwise I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well. No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings.

H rating: I loved him at first, but like I said above he just fizzled out to me and became kind of I loved her! She was awesome! She was strong, smart, funny, and loyal. Sadness level: Yes view spoiler [The H pushes away emotionally at times, but I'd say he is still the main pursuer of the relationship.

They have decent tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story. No Cheating: No Separation: No Possible Triggers: Yes, but mild view spoiler [ The h's uncle was an alcoholic and would be verbally and sometimes physically abusive off page - through mentions , and the h was a virgin.

This had pretty good closure, but I would've liked a jump ahead glimpse into their future. There was no epilogue, and those that follow my reviews know that doesn't work for me!! I would, however, call this a HEA ending. How I got it: I got it on loan through my public library and site. View all 8 comments. This was magnificent!!! I hadn't done a highlander book in a long while.

The story was adorable. The writing was funny and the characters were endearing. Unfortunately I can't remember any of them except Gone with the Wind. Iain just did it for me from the start.

Brooding yet tender and kind. Funny and temperamental too. This story grabbed me at the prologue because one of my favorite things about any story is friendships between women. The secrets and bonds they share 20 years ago all I read was historical romance.

The secrets and bonds they share and how these bonds are strong enough to withstand distance and animosity. Judith is probably my favorite heroine I've read in a very long time.

Today's heroines aren't always very womanly because it's almost a bad word to need a man for anything. I'm old fashioned and I'm not ashamed of that. I like a strong man who can lead and protect and provide. Yet he cherishes and respects his woman always. The humor in this story really surprised me. I laughed out loud so often I had tears. Judith really embodied a true lady with strength and class. Grace under fire for sure.

The way one woman.. Changed the hearts of every single person she touched just warned me all the way through. I have been in a romance fog since I started this story yesterday. I'm only wishing I had more time to just binge read this author. This will definitely be a favorite of mine forever. View all 3 comments. Garwood does a fantastic job with the language in this book.

There are so many parts left vague or unsaid and you keep on reading be 4.

They exchange these short one-liners throughout the story that are absolutely perfect. He is her pillar of strength. Judith is an excellent heroine because she can hold her own and still be vulnerable. She's audacious without being vulgar or silly. Iain is so very lost without her.

Dec 28, Debbie DiFiore rated it it was amazing Shelves: Love The Secret March has been a bleak month for me so I have been rereading my favorite books. This one is so cute. I love the scene where the two girls meet. It is so sweet. And their friendship is such a major part of the book. And the hero is just wonderful.

You can see him falling in love with her as they travel to Scotland and she of course is too. I like her strength and bravery throughout the whole book. She is a great heroine. Julie Garwood's books are like candy to me. I can't get enoug Love The Secret March has been a bleak month for me so I have been rereading my favorite books. I can't get enough of her characters. They are good people. People I would like to know. And the romance is very passionate without being crude.

I feel it.

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In a few pages, Ms. Garwood had me loving Judith, the heroine, and her friend Frances Catherine. By the end of Chapter 2, I was also in love with Iain, the hero, and smiling like a silly girl. What a nice way to start a book! Judith and Frances Catherine met as children and formed an unlikely friendship.

Judith was English and Frances Catherine was Scottish, and everyone knew that English and Scottish hated each ot This book grabbed from the Prologue, filled with both endearing and funny moments. Well, everyone but Judith and Frances Catherine! Their friendship lasted through all the years, and now Frances Catherine was pregnant and wanted Judith by her side as promised years before, to help her with the birth of her child.

Iain was the laird of the Maitland clan and Frances Catherine's brother-in-law, and the idea of having an Englishwoman as a guest in his lands didn't particularly sit well with him but he agreed to fulfill his sister-in-law's request - after all, he was an honorable man and he always put his family first, no matter what.

So he set to England to fetch Judith and escort her to her friend's side, even though he expected her to dishonor her childhood promise and not go to Frances Catherine's.

She was English, hence her word didn't mean anything, right? Well, Iain was more than surprised to find out his preconceived notions about Judith were wrong, not to mention a bit disturbed to see how she managed to enchant not only him but all of his men in no time.The Wedding Date.

Going further, Judith and the heroine in A Kingdom of Dreams also had some similar characteristics: both were somewhat mistreated by their own families, their fathers were their heroes' enemy and they only found their "place in the world" in their heroes' clans. Unfortunately I can't remember any of them except Gone with the Wind. Highlands' Lairds 3 books. Lists with This Book.

Page 2 3. We have a heroine and hero come together from different sides she's English and he's a Scot.

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