The Secret

The SecretThis book grabbed from the Prologue, filled with both endearing and funny moments 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 other 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 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 But she had a secret yeah, the one the titles refers to that could complicate a relationship between them, so she was determined to fight her attraction to him Not that would make any difference, once Iain had his mind set on keeping her Iain was just wonderful 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 outrageousJudith, I m keeping youHow could she argue with that 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 No wonder everyone always ended up agreeing with her.Iain and Judith s love story was funny and sigh worthy at the same time I lost count of the times I laughed out loud thankfully, there was no one else around or they would think I was crazy or simply smiled in contentment There were also a few angsty moments near the end of the book, but I never doubted that Iain would make everything right.Now, I need to comment on the feeling of d j vu that bugged me a little while I was reading it In one particular sequence of events, I was reminded of A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught when the little boy threw some stones at Judith, she protected him, settled the matter by herself and, in the process, gained the boy s mother s allegiance and respect That had enough similarity with some events in McNaught s book to make me raise an eyebrow 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 Of course, there were several differences that kept the books apart, and The Secret was a very enjoyable read by its own merit I already see myself rereading it over and over again in the future. 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. There was a lot to love about this book, but I think my favorite thing was the friendship between our heroine and her bestie They grew up seeing each other once a year and had that kind of loyalty that only comes with being best girlfriends.When our heroine s bestie, Frances Catherine, becomes pregnant, she calls upon our girl, Judith, to fulfill a promise she made to be there when the baby is born This may seem like no big deal, but Judith is English and Frances Catherine is Scottish and in a clan of some very anti English warriors But, Judith is determined to be with her friend, so she sets off with Frances Catherine s brother in law to Scotland He is the Laird of his clan, and pretty much as alpha as they come You know how I usually feel about alpha men stabby, hate filled anger But, Iain is the sweetheart kind of alpha all bossy, but adorable Especially in his assumptions that his new wife oh, yeah, they get married will be all submissive Ahaha Men They try, don t they Frances Catherine reacts to Judith s marriage with the perfect best friend questionAre we happy about this marriage Judith lifted her shoulders in a shrug I suppose we areOf course, Iain has already commanded Judith to be happy, so there really was no question about ityou will like being married to me, Judith I command itIsn t it cute when they are all fierce The friendship between these two women starts a new fellowship between the other women of the clan Before, they had all been too busy working their asses off all day, and never getting to know each other to build friendships But, after seeing the friendship of these two, things start to change Judith does a lot to lift up the women, and I love how her Laird husband supports her in every change There were a couple of times when I felt like Judith was too easily accepted, some problems were too easily solved, and all of the changes came too easily But, it was still a very enjoyable story. This one will never get old I will always love visiting the highlands and Judith and Ian s love story is one of my very favourites I laughed, sniffled and sighed.I m sure I will be back again soonish The Secret wasn t such a secret after all I loved The Secret and after listening to it for the first time and re reading it for the 20 billionth time, I think I love it.Judith is a strong and feisty English woman whose best friend is a Scot When she s asked to attend her friends birthing of her first child, she does not hesitate to pack her bags Ian is Laird and as a favour to his brother offers to collect the English woman Ian thinks his brother is daft giving in to his woman and scoffed at his devotion and need to make her happy When the two meet there is an instant attraction, but a Scottish Laird and an English lass is not a good alliance Judith has a secret that could ruin everything Ian knows that by taking an English bride he s asking for troublebut can t seem to stop himself Only the two of them can decide if their love is worth the sacrifice I laughed so hard at this one and got some very strange looks on the train I m pretty sure I had a goofy grin on my face for most this one.The storyline is captivating, the characters lovable and the love story enough to make me sigh I will definitely be listening to in the future. 5 bloody brilliant, hot Highland Laird starsAudio Kindle Paperback ReviewVery 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 Secretpaperback 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 t stop reading long enough to do so This story will always be a favorite read, but as a listen It s amazing DescriptionNew 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.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 to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his landIain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man 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 Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clannot even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves My reviewJulie Garwood was my first venture into Historical Romance, and the genre became an instant favorite I grabbed every single Garwood HR I could get my hands on, and wept when I learned she wasn t writing HR any 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 The Prize, The Bride, The Wedding it s hard to pick an all time favorite 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 then bring them together again as grown women whose friendship passed the test of time and will inspire Lairds and clansmen truly, I can t put into words how much I enjoyed this story No, how much I LOVE this story Every page, every sentence, every word The bottom lineAs 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 the witty dialog and laugh out loud banter, the sexual chemistry it captured my heart and made me fall in love with the obstinate Laird Iain Maitland and the adorable, equally obstinate Lady Judith, all over again. Delightful 4 stars 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 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 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 The book s cast of minor characters were spectacular and I easily fell in love with each and everyone one of them.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. Judith Hampton Was As Beautiful As She Was Proud, As Purposeful As She Was Loyal The Dear Scottish Friend Of Her Childhood Was About To Give Birth, And Judith Had Promised To Be At Her Side But There Was Another, Private Reason For The Journey From Her Bleak English Home To The Highlands To Meet The Father She Had Never Known, The Laird Maclean Nothing Prepared Her For The Sight Of The Scottish Barbarian Who Was To Escort Her Into His LandIain Maitland, Laird Of His Clan, A Man Powerfully Compelling Than Any She Had Ever EncounteredIn A Spirited Clash Of Wills And Customs, Judith Revelled In The Melting Bliss Of Iain S Searching Kisses, His Passionate Caresses Perplexed By Her Sprightly Defiance, Bemused By Her Tender Nature, Iain Felt His Soul Growing Into The Light And Warmth Of Her Love Surely Nothing Would Wrench Her From The Affection And Trust Of Iain And His Clannot Even The Truth About Her Father, A Devastating Secret That Could Shatter The Boldest Alliance, And The Most Glorious Of Loves 4 A very sweet and pleasant Highlander Historical Romance 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 the Brits, but as every devoted HR fanatic knows, this is only to be expected 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 Right I am saving for a vacation there, so they better not disappoint me P S., if I don t return from that vacation, don t worry I will be well taken care of, so no search teams are necessary But feel free to be jealous Back to the book, I recommend it to all romantic saps like me Have fun and enjoy a good book 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 I think that if it had been either a funny book or a dark book I would have enjoyed it , 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 hatred between the Scottish and the English All of these represent a serious hurdle between the hero and the heroine except the pregnancy because she wasn t the pregnant one but at the end all the problems are dissolved as if by magic just because the heroine is nice She s able to deliver babies and reassure fears even though she s a hated Englishwoman with no practical experience All of the formidable warriors fall at her feet overnight and the fearsome council becomes a gang of cute old guys She s even able to introduce changes about the way women are treated in the clan and everybody sees the justice of her arguments and agrees with her As if justice or logic has anything to do with distrust and different customs among cultures I compare this to an American woman going to a Muslim village, telling everybody they don t treat women fairly and them agreeing and changing their way of life overnight Do you really think this is likely So overall, this is a cute book with agreeable characters a lot of nice women with husbands who loved them , and a nice heroine and a hunky highhanded hero who s sweet at times Not the worst I ve read but not the best either. 3.5 StarsOverall Opinion 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 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 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 time they spend together, the 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 momentsand they get a HEA ending.POV This alternated between focusing on Judith and Iain in 3rd person narrative.Overall Pace of Story Good The ending did feel abrupt, but otherwise I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well.Instalove No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings.H rating 3.5 stars Iain I loved him at first, but like I said above he just fizzled out to me and became kind of meh.h rating 5 stars Judith I loved her She was awesome She was strong, smart, funny, and loyal Sadness level Low, no tissues neededPush Pull Yes view spoiler The H pushes away emotionally at times, but I d say he is still the main pursuer of the relationship hide spoiler

With than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America s favorite fiction writers.Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation Add in the fa

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 379 pages
  • The Secret
  • Julie Garwood
  • English
  • 22 October 2017
  • 9780671744212

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