Title: The Bride
Author: Julie Garwood
Series: Lairds’ Fiancées #1
Date: May 21, 2002
By the king’s edict, Alec Kincaid, mightiest of the Scottish lairds, must take an English bride. And Jamie the youngest daughter of Baron Jamison, is his choice. From his first glimpse of the proud and beautiful English lady, Alec felt a burning hunger stir within him. This was a woman worthy of his fearless warrior’s spirit. And he aches to touch her, tame her, possess her…forever.
But with the wedding vows, Jamie pledges her own secret oath: She will never surrender her love to this Highland barbarian. He was everything her heart warned her against — an arrogant, brooding scoundrel whose rough good looks and seductive embrace fire her blood. But when strange accidents begin to threaten Jamie’s life and an old rumor that Alec killed his first wife spreads anew, something far more dangerous than desire threatens to conquer her senses.
Let’s make today’s an old one with this almost 15-years-old novel by New York Times Bestselling Author Julie Garwood.
No reader of Historical Romance that’s worth something hasn’t heard of this lady. She’s one of my favorites of the genre and her novels are always a joy to read. This particular one I had tucked in the bottom of my library and had forgotten about, until today. Foolish, truly foolish! Ms. Garwood has a gift for storytelling, and the story of The Bride has something for everyone. It’s funny, endearing, instructive, charming… the characters are well crafted and the world is colorful and complex, displaying the beauty of the Scottish Highlands in all its splendor.
More information, visit the author’s page: http://www.juliegarwood.com
So, the review! ———-
Welcome to the land of 12th Century England, and the wild Highlands of Scotland, ruled by the powerful warrior clans. Era of castles, swords and love.
I always love Highlander novels, because they have their own little world full of traditions and traits that are always enjoyable to learn. The Bride is no different. It introduces us to the proud Kincaids, a strong and prosperous clan that keeps a tight reign over their piece of the Highlands, and defends their home with fierce determination.
The main characters in the book are Laird Alec Kincaid and Lady Jamie, daughter of Baron Jamison.
Alec is arrogant, cocky, used to always getting his way. He is a warrior who enjoys his own strength and has a very particular view of how things should be. He is a leader, first and foremost, with hundreds of men and women that depend on him, and with no time to worry about insignificant affairs. Such as a wife. I actually found his character quite endearing because through it all, Alec keeps telling himself he is in control, that things are done his way, and even when he ends up falling for his own wife (the horror!), it still because he decided to do it, because he wanted to from the beginning. Because of this silly trait of his nature, his arrogance is quite funny to behold. He is indeed strong, protective and a little bit dangerous, but that only adds to his charm when he does, or doesn’t do, things that could affect his wife’s feeling or takes care never to make her sad or hurt her. Of course, is not because he cares about her, but because her sadness or hurt would bother him.
Jamie is far easier to understand. She is a kind, caring woman, used to taking care of others, who, despite the initial fear for her future, quickly accepts her conditions and commits herself to making her marriage work. I liked her outlook a lot. She is positive, driven and strong, willing to always try her best and look at things from a positive standpoint. She believes the only way to achieve a good marriage is by securing her husband’s love, and so, she gets to work on this goal with all her might. However, this doesn’t mean she won’t stand up to her man, and set him straight when the need arises. Truly she is quite the sweet character and as I read I couldn’t help but cheer for her (You go, girl!). She is one of those characters you are genuinely happy they got a happy ending.
I enjoyed the story of The Bride a lot. I enjoyed their bickering and their relationship, the way they slowly moved towards each other in a smooth, believable way. There were many funny moments, and many sweet moments, and the plot also has a bit of mystery and action thrown in, for those of you who like their romance with some kick. Truly an excellent exponent of the genre, and a compliment to you, Ms. Garwood, for bringing it to life.
“Grab ‘n Go!”
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