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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Review: The Bride (Lairds' Fiancées #1) by Julie Garwood

5 Stars
Series: Lairds' Fiancées, #1
Author: Julie Garwood
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Publisher: Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 358
Purchase: Thriftbooks
I do not know if you all remember or not, but I love Julie Garwood’s historical novels, the only author I have found to date that may challenge her #1 title in my mind is Elizabeth Lowell’s few historical novels.

In this novel, the first of the authors Lairds' Fiancées series (sadly there are only two in the series), we first meet Jamie, our main Lady character in that of her stepfathers home as she tries to understand and calm her sisters of the news that not one but two of here stepfathers daughters will be wed to Highlanders. Jamie though will not be included in the Highlanders pickings as Baron Jamison (her stepfather) wants to keep her their so she can continue to slave for him, he tells her when they arrive she is to stay out of sight.

Jamie doesn’t think of herself as a ‘slave’ but that she is doing her duties, she became mistress of the house when her mother died ever since she was just a child. Her fathers plan is ruined when the Highlanders arrive three day’s earlier and a good man who is like a father to Jamie takes it as her best interest to be married to one of them and let’s Laird Alec Kincaid find out that the Baron has more daughters than he thinks and that the younger, Jamie, is a stubborn beauty just waiting to be discovered.

Alec, with his friend Daniel immediately pick two daughters to marry Alec to Jamie and Daniel her sister, Marry, and they set off for Scotland at once.

The sparks fly from Jamie and Alec from the very start and only grow on their trip to her new home and afterward. Soon both are falling head over heals for each other, even if they aren’t ready to admit so yet. But danger comes in the form of a murder attempt on Jamie and soon it becomes clear that Alec’s first wife Helena may not have committed suicide after all, and that the killer isn’t going stop at the one attempt to kill Jamie.

I loved this novel. So much. Garwood weaves such an intricate and romantic novel, while at the same time have moments that caused me to laugh out load and sit up with excitement and suspense of what may come next.

Jamie was very innocent as I stated before, not in a bad way either. And that is not to say sexually either (though she was that to before Alec seduced her) she just has the freeness and innocent feel of someone with high spirit and a happiness, maybe ignorance to, that you do not see in people today, maybe not ever.

Alec on the other hand is like most all Highlanders you read in Garwood’s Historical novels, tall, tough, ruthless and cruel in battle, sexy, and willing to protect his woman. And at the same time has such a soft spot for Jamie that he is willing to do almost anything to keep her happy.

I am looking forward to picking up The Wedding, and can only wish that there was more than just the two in this series.



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