Title: The Secret
Author: Julie Garwood
Release Date: May 1st 1992
Length: 379 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Pocket Books
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 land…Iain Maitland, Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.
In 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 clan…not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves.
**** My Review ****
Books that take me on a journey in some distant place at some distant time have always been my weakness. And ‘The Secret’ by Julie Garwood definitely checked all the boxes for me. Sweet and tender with enough funny and sexy moments to keep me hooked from beginning to end.
It all starts with two little girls – one English, and the other one Scottish who though their innocence and gullibility perceive the harshness of their present, and despite all the odds form such a strong bond that lasts for a life time. Their childish play brings them closer, the years go by, the relationship survives…promises are made, promises to be kept, promises lead the beautiful Judith and her secret into the unhospitable Scottish Highlands. Rules are different, rules to be obeyed and ‘the chain of command’ is something sacred. At least that is what the formidable and arrogant laird Iain demands and believes. But what will happen when he faces the breathtaking, kind-hearted and stubborn English lass? Her illogical way of thinking and resolving problems will drive him crazy, her sassiness will enrage him, and her appeal will strip him of every possible weapon he can use to fight that overwhelming attraction…. No other solution is possible, he decides he’s going to keep her (literally says that), she is determined to fight that attraction… and we end up with hours of splendid and delicious insight into their amazing story.
Julie Garwood one more time delivers a story that is utterly captivating with fantastic plot and well-developed, lovable characters that will charm and delight you as you get to know and understand them. The main characters are absolutely perfect fit, their witty banter will make you laugh, the sweetness of their feelings will make you swoon and their steamy sessions will make you blush.
If you are in a mood to enjoy an easy, feel good romance that will transport you into another world, then ‘The Secret’ is definitely a perfect choice. Its mix of humor, sizzle and action will keep you engaged for hours, feeling perfectly relaxed and pleased.
****About the Author****
With more 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 fact that I was the sixth of seven children. Early in life, I learned that self expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick,” says Ms. Garwood.
She began her writing career when the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publications of two young-adult books, she turned her talents to historical fiction. Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published by Pocket Books in 1985. Since then, she has branched into other genres including contemporary romantic suspense. Today, her name appears regularly on the bestseller lists of every major publication in the country, and her books are translated into dozens of languages around the world. Her bestselling novel FOR THE ROSES was adapted for the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME television movie ROSE HILL.
Ms. Garwood lives in Leawood, KS and is currently working on her next novel.