The Secret (Highlands' Lairds #1)
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
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
5 bloody brilliant, hot Highland Laird stars!
Very rarely do I have the opportunity to read a book that isn't a review required read, but I needed something familiar, something comforting this past week, and so I chose to re-read/listen to this story.
I am so, so very glad I did!
I had read The Secret (paperback) years ago and never reviewed because I was on a Julie Garwood binge. Book after book, I didn't have time to stop and write down my thoughts because I couldn'...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
*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
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
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've read three Julie Garwood novels which were similar: The Secret, Saving Grace and Ransom. All three have an English heroine going to Scotland and falling in love with a Scottish laird. All three women were too saccharine for me. They bring some changes and knowledge to the Scottish people by telling them not to commit certain crimes, to be polite and to have better manners. For example one heroine says never steal horses, just borrow them and return them later...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
That's got to be one of loveliest opening lines ever, and everything that came afterwards was as delightful as that. A true keeper that only gets better every time I reread it.
The story was touching, funny and romantic. Definitely a KEEPER.
This story was sweet and funny, I found myself laughing and smiling throughout much of the book! I loved Iain and the way he would just sit back and watch Judith and all the thoughts that went through his head. I also loved the way he was always raising one eyebrow at her, I could just imagine it!! Judith was also a great character, so sweet and passionate about everything!
Iain has got to be one of my favorite Heroes! I just love him!!
In this book Judith is waiting for someone to get her so she can go visit her friend in Scotland. Judith knows her friend is pregnant and wants to be there for her to help her through the birth. Iain is laird of his clan and wants not...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 ...
I don't think I've ever read a funnier wedding scene than in this! If you read it for nothing other than laughing through that, do it!
I loved that Judith was willing to look like a fool to make her point with not only her husband, Laird Iain, but the elders of the clan as well. But Judith didn't just play the fool in here; she also stepped up and did what was...more
In this book, Judith, an English "lass", travels to Scotland to assist her friend since childhood with her pregnancy and childbirth. Iain is the laird of the clan and he's the one who picks her up. There is tension between...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
I need to say first how just lovely was the prologue, showing how the friendship between Judith and Frances Catherine begun. Just so endearing and just heartwarming,really.
Judith and Frances Catherine become friends before knowing that they should be enemies. But at the age they understood the differences between them (Judith is English while Frances is Scottish) it didn't matter anymore, they were the best friend that they could have.
Now several years later, Frances is almost giving birth, so s...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
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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.”
They had reached the cluster of trees in front of the courtyard leading to Frances Catherine's cottage when she told him that outrageous lie.
"The hell you have forgotten," he muttered. He grabbed hold of her shoulders and forced her to turn around. Then he took hold of her chin and pushed her face up.
"What do you think you're doing?" she demanded.