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 momentsI 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 dateOver all I enjoyed The Secret and would recommend it Julie Garwood has a way of leaving me smiling and always wanting 45 starsNow there s something worth mentioning about this book male heroes in HRs have some ind of reputation but the hero in this one was dare I say sweet Lain totally took me by surprise He s that alpha headstrong highlander who still have a soft spot for JudithI loved Judith She was so freakin amusing and outspoken I loved how she made a home for herself and how she fought for the women in the clan The friendship between her and Frances Catherine was the best These two made me jealous with how such great friends they areThe book was so addicting to read I was glued to my seat till I finished it The dialogues were hilarious I loved the feminist subplot and how lain was supporting Judith and her decisions I loved all the side characters they were amazing This was such a cute fun HR that made me laugh and swoon a lot I can already see myself reading it again This 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 bookJudith and Frances Catherine met as children and formed an unlikely friendship Judith was English and Frances Catherine was Scottish and everyone new 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 reuest 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 Sheto see how she 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 eeping 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 outrageous Judith I m eeping you How could she argue #With That LOL And Yet He Couldn #that LOL And yet he couldn 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 eep her at arm s lenghtJudith was as great as Iain Honorable ind 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 herIain 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 rightNow I need to comment on the feeling of d j vu that bugged me a little while I was reading it In one particular seuence 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 ept 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. 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 lov. 5 bloody brilliant hot Highland Laird stars AudioKindlePaperback ReviewVery rarely do I have the opportunity to read a book that isn t a review reuired read but I needed something familiar something comforting this past week and so I chose to re readlisten to this story I am so so very glad I didI 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 t stop reading long enough to do so This story will always be a favorite read but as a listen It s amazingDescriptionNew 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 timeJudith 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 In Deeper 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 encounteredIn a spirited clash of wills and customs Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain s searchingisses 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 lovesMy 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 muchWhen 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 listAnd I ve fallen in love with it all over againThis 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 uniue 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 reading time is precious to me and there isn t enough of it but when I needed familiar and comforting I chose this book That in itself should bear testament to how much I adore The SecretI 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 EUALLY OBSTINATE LADY JUDITH ALL OVER AGAIN "adorable eually obstinate Lady Judith all over again 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 sighedI m sure I will be back again soonishThe 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 nows 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 oneThe storyline is captivating the characters lovable and the love story enough to make me sigh I will definitely be listening to in the future HOW HAVE I NOT READ JULIE GARWOOD UNTIL NOW Seriously I am a #Huge Highlander Romance Fan #highlander romance fan this book was everything First I loved how close Frances Catherine and Judith were The first chapter where they met as children was so adorable and I loved their close bond Because of that Judith has to go to the highlands when Frances Catherine is pregnant to be by her side Howe. 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 private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands to meet the father she had never nown the Laird Maclean Nothing.
Julie Garwood è 1 FREE DOWNLOADVer during this time the Scottish hate the English and they #are not at all welcoming to them to come into their lands I loved how Iain is laird but still went #not at all welcoming to them to come into their lands I loved how Iain is laird but still went escort Judith from England to Scotland because Frances Catherine is married to his brother The moment they meet FIREWORKS Their relationship was just so perfect and I loved how they gave into their lust even though they were determined to hate each other Judith has a fire about her and she s the perfect person to be with Iain While Iain is supposed to be this headstrong stubborn highlander he has a soft spot for Judith and I loved how he would do anything to protect her This entire book had me swooning and I couldn t put it down I am so excited to read even from Julie Garwood and collect all of her books The Secret the 1st book in the Highlands Lairds series is now tied as my favorite Julie Garwood book with The Bride I loved this one so much It starts out so cute with two little girls one Scottish on English becoming friends Judith and Frances Catherine were just so damn cute Their friendship was like icing on the cake for me I loved Iain He was perfect He just had so much charm than other JG heroes I have read I also really loved Judith I loved that she was sassy outspoken and brave I thought Judith and Iain had a sweet relationship filled with passion I also really liked the secondary characters a lot too Especially Brodick I laughed a lot while reading this book It s one of those sweet feel good reads This book was amazingI loved how possessive the hero was towards the heroine He would not let he ride with anyone else during their trip to the eep 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 daysThe whole sin of eve thing was pissing me off It was those times I guess Still loved it Absolutely brilliant I can see why everyone adores this book so much and considers it a classic of historical romance I truly loved everything about this book Judith and her headstrong ways Iain and his tenderness with Judith the powerful hilarious friendship between Judith and her best friend Frances the feminist themes the ridiculous wedding Everything was PERFECT 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 ind of loyalty that only comes with being best girlfriendsWhen 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 now how I usually feel about alpha men stabby hate filled anger But Iain is the sweetheart ind of alpha all bossy but adorable Especially in his assumptions that his new wife oh yeah
THEY GET MARRIED WILL BE ALLget married will be all Ahaha Men They try don t theyFrances Catherine reacts to Judith s marriage with the perfect best friend uestion Are we happy about this marriageJudith lifted her shoulders in a shrug I suppose we are Of course Iain has already commanded Judith to be happy so there really was no uestion about it you will like being married to me Judith I command it Isn t it cute when they are all fierceThe 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 Financial Modeling and Valuation: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private Equity 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 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 romanceI 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 relationshipThere 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 themI especially loved the beautifully portrayed friendship between. 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 encounteredIn a spirited clash of wills and customs Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain's searchingisses his passionate caresses Perplexed. ,