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Menjemput Impian (Ransom (Highlands' Lairds #2)

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  20,009 ratings  ·  801 reviews
Ketika masih kecil, Gillian melihat ayahnya dibunuh oleh Baron Alford. Kakaknya, Christen, berhasil melarikan diri ke Skotlandia, sedangkan Gillian ditawan oleh sang baron. Ketika sudah dewasa, Gillian dipaksa sang baron untuk menjemput Christen beserta kotak permata yang dibawanya, atau paman Gillian akan disiksa hingga tewas.

Di Skotlandia, Gillian bertemu dengan Laird Br
576 pages
Published August 2010 by Dastan Books (first published November 1st 1999)
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Oh, crap. Did I really give this 5 stars the first time I read it?
Has this really been sitting on my favorites shelf?!


See? This is why it's dangerous to do rereads.
So, 5 years ago, I read this and thought it was A-MAZING.
Like, the bestest book evah! And I've been singing its praises ever since.


In fact, when I saw it was on sale a while back, I bought it!
Those of you who know me realize what a big deal that was. For those of you who don't? Let's just say...I'm cheap. Reallyreallyreally cheap!
This was only my 2nd book by Julie Garwood, following The Secret, and I think I found a new (to me) author to glom. I just loved these books!

Brodick Buchanan was a secondary character in The Secret that had "hero" tattooed on his forehead, so I was more than happy when I found out that Ransom was "his" book. He was the typical alpha hero and we all know what happens when this kind fall in love. They fall hard and forever, but not always have the grace of acknowledging the fall, LOL. Brodick was
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
4 to 4 1/2 stars

Ransom is the follow-up book to The Secret and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Not only did it include the secondary characters I loved but also gave me a hero and heroine I could fall in love with and a romance over which I could swoon. Like The Secret, this book focuses on the overall plot rather than just romance. Fortunately, the love story and chemistry between Brodick and Gillian more than makes up for it.

Interestingly, it was a five year old "wanna be Highlander w
Nov 15, 2008 Eastofoz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tammy / Readers who like epic-like medieval romances
Excellent! A+! A suberb medieval epic!!! The book is one huge mother of a read but you barely feel it as the pages go whipping on by.

You get two top notch alphas Highlanders: Ramsey and Brodick both lairds of their clan. They get what they want when they want except maybe the women they really love so they have to resort to trickery --especially Brodick-- to seal the deal with their lady loves. The word play in one marriage scene is so well-done that the reader feels like the heroine and doesn'
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Another book I thought I had read. Boy was I glad that I didn't. Read this for the Julie Garwood group read, and it was delightful. Julie Garwood books are definitely comfort reads. She understands why we read romance, and one of the reasons is we want heroines who we can root for, that we fall in love with just as much as the heroes. Her heroines have this tangible sweetness that makes me want to hug them, root for them, and to fight with and for them. Gillian is no different. My heart hurt for ...more
Lisa Kay
Castle on the cliffs of Scotland

(This is a review of the audiobook.) Susan Duerden has quickly become one of my favorite narrators. In Ransom, one of my favorite Garwood books, she manages to elevate it even more! Awe-mazing.

I’ve read Ransom several times, but it was fun to hear it read to me. Ms. Duerden does a wonderful job on the Scottish accents and inflecting just the right tone for the characters and the situation. I don’t know how she got some of the deep voices for the men. Her pacing
Lisa Kay
I read this, the second in the Highlands’ Lairds series, years ago and thought I’d give it another go to see if it still held up. (It does!) There was also going to be a “buddy read” – something I find hard to resist, since I love a good discussion about a great book.

My image of green eyed, brown-haired Gillian.
Picture by artist, Cris Ortega.


Thank you, Pamela(AllHoney), one of my “buddy read” group, for introducing me to this talented artist.

What can I say about a classic Garwood Highland Medie
So I've read another one of Julie Garwood's historical romance books and again I'm both disappointed and satisfied at the same time.

I don't know why she does this. She starts great, but then she kind of loses her mojo and she rushes things trough, and Ransom is no exception.

I loved the beginning, I liked how she took time to introduce the heroine, how she talks about her childhood, about the thing that happened when Gillian was 4 years old. I loved how protective Gillian is about the young boy t
I have read it several times. Some parts are superb! Not my very-most favorite by Julie Garwood, but entertaining, amusing, and smexy.

Gillian was foolish to put herself in harm's way at the end, and I could not believe that she didn't realize what was happening to her, on the horse (snort). Her big sister Christen is a self-centered wimp, huh?

Of course, as always with Garwood, the characters are absurdly over-the-top, heroes and villains alike. It reads like a tall tale, a "great big fish" stor
4.5 stars
This book is so delightful because the heroine is so charming. I love that she is both naive and smart, assertive and shy. After reading it last month, I'm listening to it on audio and the story is even better with that Highlander accent. Ransom is fast becoming my favorite historical romance.
After another re-read, I still find myself loving Garwood's simple, charming, medieval romance. It includes great humor and one of my all time favorite five year old characters. Loved it!
The second book in the Highlands' Lairds series by Julie Garwood. What can I say about this one. It is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. I never get tired of rereading it. I loved both Brodick and Gillian. Brodick is a large alpha hero who strikes fear in his enemies. Known by many as barbaric and savage. Gillian is an innocent, courageous, caring, English woman, on a mission. She must locate Arianna's treasure to save her uncle from the villainous Baron Alford. She must also rescue ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Susanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susanne by: Tiko
Shelves: genre-historical
Highlander romance. 5 stars

Wow! This book is long but it never felt dragged out. It's about Lady Gillian whose father was killed when their home was invaded when she was just a little girl. His father gives her big sister Christen a treasure but the two sisters are separated in the flight and Gillian is captured. When we meet her again she's grown up and held captive by the baron who killed her father. He's taken her uncle hostage and if she doesn't bring back her sister and the treasure he will
Lover of Romance
Gillian was just a child when her home was attacked, and her sister disappeared, and her father murdered in front of her, and the Baron Alfred took over and sent her away to her uncle up to northern England. Now its been ten years and she has been called back to the Baron, who wants to know the location of a box that belonged to King John, and thinks that the family still has possession over it. When she plans a escape with a child, Alec, who falls down a gorge, and she rescues him, they
Jane Stewart
Too annoying to enjoy.

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. One tells
Did a reread of Julie Garwood’s Ransom. I believe it might have been one of her last romantic historicals before she headed into the contemp/suspense waters. Though there are many of her old historicals that have a special place on my keeper shelf, this one has got to be one of my favs. Even as a reread, I still loved it. Usually it's the hero that makes me love a romance novel- but in this one it was all about the heroine, Gillian. (Although Broderick sure hits the mark too!)
I absolutely adore this book. I've read it dozens of times and it never gets old!
Elise Wilson
"You know what?" was one of my favorite lines in this wonderful book. And, I loved Alec, the adorable young boy who kept asking that question.

This is my first book by Julie Garwood, but it won't be my last. Ransom has everything I look for in a good book -- engaging read, well-written, vivid and descriptive details, believable story and importantly likable characters -- especially the hero Brodrick and heroine Gillian. Their personalities were consistent throughout the book (not extreme changes
I've been a fan of Garwood's work for years, and rate several of her novels as among the best ever written in the genre. I love The Secret and was eager to read this sequel and to learn more about Ramsey and Brodick's quest for true love. Unfortunately, for me at least, this book fell pretty flat. The plot was needlessly complicated (I feel like a lot of explanatory details were left on the cutting room floor) and I think would have worked best as two separate stories. The entire Ramsey-Bridgid ...more
Erika B. (Snogging on Sunday Books)
I just finished the most wonderful story
About a beanstalk and an ogre and a.... wasn't a beanstalk it was feisty heroine and the ogre was a bunch of hulking Highlanders. But it did have all the Belle requirements! Far off places, daring sword fights...and a prince-like laird that seems moody but is a real sweetie so that's kind of like a disguise! The steam level got a bit hot, but all in all this was a hilarious and romantic adventure! Loved!
Ransom was confusing to me. Especially in the first quarter of the book! It took me quite sometime to figure out who was who and what was going on. It jumped from story to story and I kept having to skim back over previous pages to keep up! Disappointed in this one, but still a huge Julie Garwood fan!

Review Update! 10-28-10

I must add as a note that I did not read the book that comes before this one, The Secret, before I read Ransom, which probably explains why I was so confused in this book! Had
At age four Gillian was separated from her sister while fleeing their home during an attack. Years later Gillian travels to the Highlands, in search for her sister, hoping she has the Box that will save her uncle. On her journey she saves a boy and brings him safely home. Broderick, the boys Chapmion and Laird to the Buchanan Clan, is amazed with Gillians strength and courage. Broderick is possesive and arrogant and Gillian is courageous and stubborn... a perfect match! Broderick is my favorite ...more
Out of all the romance novels I read, too many which is too much which is never too good for you. This is the only one I have ever recommended to anyone, and would say is actually a pretty good book (overall). Julia Garwood is pretty ace in her genre, although most of her plots, themes, and characters, are overplayed. Ransom stood out completely, it's hands down the perfect love story in which I never seemed to deem lame stupid or the least bit unreal back then. My opinions rarely change this wa ...more
I love the story and I love Highlanders in this story!
Laura V.
Ocho años después de los acontecimientos de la primera novela, tenemos aquí a Brodick. El muy lindo, gruñón y arisco Brodick.

Cosas que tienen un pero de mi parte:

Gillian es un personaje que desde el principio parece diferente a todas las niñas Garwood que he leído hasta ahora. Era valiente, sensata, honesta. Con un poco de seso, digamos. Pensé que sería un gran personaje, porque hasta ahora ninguna ha demostrado ser algo más allá que simples bellezas despampanantes un poco tontas y graciosas. P
"Ransom" was the first book I read from Julie Garwood and THE one that got me hooked on real romance novels. "Ransom" is one of Julie's best historical book and all her contemporary pales next to it.

Gillian is a unique and refreshing heroine in every way. She's intelligent, protective, strong, brave, and she honest. She does not whine, is not deceitful, or a coward unlike her sister. Gillian risks her life to save a 5 year old boy from falling to his death and even after he cut her arm up she s
Good Lawd! Brodick, Brodick, Brodick! This is one hero that I couldn't get enough of. And wouldn't you know it! I enjoyed his Gillian as well. 1st I will start with Gillian (who is courageous and deliriously witty and "she won't make a sound" of surrender unless it's for her Brodick)...we first meet her accompanied by a very dark and Anastasia-like back story (though without the execution) and we immediately get treated with her adventure with Ian Maitland's lost son Alec. This part was a great ...more
When rating a Julie Garwood historical, I suppose, I rate it purely with my heart. Is the plot exceptional? No, not really. Anachronistic? Yep...probably. Silly? Definitely, and I don't like silly romances. But, for some reason every Garwood historical I have read affects me the same. They warm my heart. The heroines are beautiful (although they themselves don't ever seem to know that), clumsy, and kind hearted. I'm pretty sure the heroes are all the exact same character. But, who cares? I refus ...more
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“You have many flaws, he announced... “But there was one flaw that made all the other imperfections pale in comparison.”
“Was?” she asked. “I don't have this flaw any longer?”
“No, you don't.”
“Pray tell,” she muttered in exasperation, “what was this terrible flaw?”
He grinned. “You used to be English.”
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