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The Secret by Julie Garwood
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Sep 26, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: historical-romance-prior-to-wwll
Read in June, 2008

Sort of ok, but not recommended.

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 the ruling council to give more rights to women. One says a husband doesn't curse in his wife's presence. In two of the books, the heroines bring improved medical knowledge to the Scots. These were too much of the same story, and the heroines were too syrupy sweet for me. The heroes were the same, strong, silent warrior types and excellent leaders. In both The Secret and Ransom, the author creates mystery by not having normal communication between the two main characters. In The Secret, there is a mystery for several pages after Iain tells Judith they are leaving, but not saying why or anything more. She doesn't know why or where they are going. In another part of the story Iain asks her if she saw the person who threw the stones, she lied to him saying no. I would have preferred she say yes, but she'd like to deal with the culprit on her own first, before telling who it is. This was not fun to read. There were a few interesting parts, but also a few times I wished it would be over.

Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: five. Setting: 1181 and 1200 Scotland and England. Copyright: 1992. Genre: historical romance.

To date, I've read the following Julie Garwood books. All my reviews were posted 6/21/08 except for the Saving Grace review posted 1/19/07.
3 stars. The Bride. Copyrt 1989.
3 stars. Saving Grace. Copyrt 1993.
2 stars. The Secret. Copyrt 1992.
1 star. Ransom. Copyrt 1999.
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