The Secret (Highlands' Lairds #1)
Nothing has prepared Judith for t...more
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...more
Garwood does a fantastic job with the language in this book. She twists and turns simple things to make them all complicated and in the end it’s hilarious. There are so many parts left vague or unsaid and you keep on reading be...more
The Secret was a delight to read. I was easily swept into Julie Garwood’s world of witty dialogue, enchanting characters, and feel good romance.
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...more
*Still dancing happy dance*
I am so grateful to my GR friends; otherwise I might have missed this gem! I don't know what to write. It was funny, heartwarming, charming, and romantic and amazing all wrapped in one. JG’s highland romances are quickly moving up on my favorite list.
Lady Judith Elizabeth is a wonderful (English) heroine and Iain is a clueless, arrogant Scottish lair who doesn't think he will fall in love – but of course he does *happy sigh* It might have been quite similar to The Bri...more
As I read this — for the nth time— I smiled and chuckled, and then frowned at the hypocracy of the male-dominated church. Have read it oodles of times. Beautiful story. I just adore Iain Maitland and even his heroine, Judith.
Sweet romance between Iain's brothe...more
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...more
I read this a couple weeks ago so things have slipped out of my mind, but I will try my best. I will start by saying this, The Secret captured my attention from the beginning. At first, I was only going to peek but the temptation was too strong... and I might have accidentally finished it without my BR buddies. Sowy. :(
Our hero Iain is a big, hunky monkey. Enough said. Okay no I'm not done with him just yet. I liked that he was understanding with Judith and that he treated her with fairness. But...more
Judith has been friends with Frances Catherine since they were very small. She promised her that when FC got with child she would be there to help her deliver. The time has come and a group of Highland warriors cart her home with them.
Iian didn't want to fall for her, how could he? She's, gasp, ENGLISH....and he's Scots.
But this woman is so sweet and determined and such a steadfast friend to Frances Catherine that n...more
Both h/h were great and I couldn’t put the book down until it was finished. The chemistry the dialogue, everything was very good.
One thing that I have never read in a historical before and really enjoyed in this book is having the main heroine help seve...more
This is another light-hearted, mostly humorous Garwood book which is a reliable feel-good read. It's not the most original of storylines and certain standard tropes are u...more
Yes, I enjoyed this book but I found it too cutesy and simplistic. I think that if it had been either a funny book or a dark book I would have enjoyed it more, but this mix of funny banter with very dark topics didn’t do it for me.
On one hand, you have very serious topics: dangers and fear of pregnancy (which is the first time I have read in a historical so I give the author kudos for that), battles between clans in Scotland, the hatr...more
A wonderful book which starts off with the friendship of two little girls who don't know they are supposed to hate each other, but become the best of friends. When Judith best friend is about to give birth she honors her pact and goes with the Highlanders, who have come to pick her up from England to take her to awaited best friend. What no one but Judith and her best friend know is Judith is really the daughter of a Laird wh...more
La parte del final es ligeramente predecible porque siempre tiene que aparecer ese "algo" que hace que la pareja sea incompatible de...more
Ceritanya cukup bagus, walaupun alur awalnya agak lambat. Cukup menghibur juga (adegan pernikahan Iain dan Judith yang ga seperti pernikahan sesungguhnya), sayang saat rahasianya Judith terungkap, malah berasa hambar ceritanya.
Dari cerita ni Q bisa menyimpulkan bahwa persahabatan dan keluarga itu tidak mengenal batas bangsa dan suku :)
What I love about this book is the friendship between two women of different backgrounds and their promise to each other. From that spark, it moves onto their next stage in life and their husbands.
I especially love stories that build characters very well. Characters who care and are honest to themselves. The gradual emotions that are built up with Iain and Judith were so very sweet. The way they interacted with each other, the...more
First, I suppose I should make my priorities clear. In order to really enjoy a book, I need a good story, characters I believe (even if I don't like them), and some tension. Good writing, while important, isn't my first priority. Really bad writing can screw up a book for me (see anything by Dan Brown, E. L. James, etc.) but I can still enjoy a book that isn't well crafted. Maybe it's because my job necessitates that I read a great deal of academ...more
It feels so good to be back in highlands , the beautiful locations ,the great warriors & the striking romance ...
This books grabs you from page one , the childhood friends , Frances Catherine & Judith Elizabeth gives you a glimpse of how their friendship began ...
Than comes our main attraction , the laird of the clain : Iian ... devastatingly handsome , loves to order & has a habit of getting his things the way he wants ... well thats about to change ...
ME: I'm not sure I want to read this book. It looks like a romance novel. By a romance author. I'm ok with some romance, but too much is too much. But it's about medieval Scottish clans! Ok fine, I'll check it out.
BOOK: Once upon a time, there was a gorgeous, beautiful girl and a gorgeous, handsome guy, and then they fell in love with each other the moment they met. Awww, twu wuv! Then they spent hundreds of pages misjudging each other while stil...more
First Published: 1992
Lady Judith travels to the Highlands to visit with her friend, only to find herself married to the Laird and battling customs, history, and His will to find a place for herself.
- Historical Medieval Romance. Scotland, 1200.
- 6274 kindle locations, 379 pages.
- m/f - reasonably explicit but not overly frequent. First time after marriage.
- Has one of the most appealing prologues I've read in a long time.
- Judith grew up in an abusive household...more
I saw adventure, I saw enough conflict to make me feel interested all the way through the story, but not so much I felt it was a torture...more
Judith and Frances Catherine were supposed to be enemies, one being English and the other Scot, but their friendship survived along the years of the war and hatred.
When Frances Catherine married Patrick Maitland she made him promise that when she was with child she wanted her friend Judith with her. This was not an easy task because the Maitland clan hated almost everyone, especially the En...more
As always I have a problem w/ her sudden shift of characters when she narrates. Also after reading her books, as I said, consecutively, I finding it a bit boring and unsatisfying. It seems that Julie isn't resolving all the problems in the book (I think she did for some of her books but mostly not)
Like for this book, she didn't settle the affair w/ his uncle and mother at all. I had the feeling that his mom won't wa...more
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"The fires of purgatory."
She had to sit down. He wasn't making any sense now. "What does that mean?" she asked.
"Patrick told me he would walk through the fires of purgatory if he had to in order to please his wife."
She went over to the bed and sat down on the side. "And?" she prodded when he didn't continue.
He stripped out of his clothing and walked over to her. He pulled her to her feet and stared down to her.
"And I have only just realized I would do the same for you.”
"You've broken my heart."
"I 'll fix it later.”