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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read a few of Julie's books and generally liked most of them. Castles is one of my shelf keepers. Having said that, it seems like she is falling into the same pit as a lot of other writers who write historical as well as contemporary romances, using modern phrases in historical settings. There was way too much modern terms being thrown around in this book.

Terms like "letting you off the hook"
A big hulky highlander using a word like "unseemly"
And a little boy who constantly uses the term.. "know what?"

All these and a bunch of others didn't seem to fit into the book.

Also, the story of Brigid and Ramsey should have been a separate book. I feel completely unsatisfied with their story... like eating a big slice of chocolate cake only to have it be dry and tasteless.

The book dragged in a lot of places, and I found myself reading things that had already been explained over and over in the book previously. It is almost like she was repeating things to extend the book. I found myself skipping pages just to try and muddle through it.

I really wish writers would stick to one genre. If you want to write historical romances, then just do that. If you want to write contemporary, then do that. There are very few writers out there who can do both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2010
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I have a weakness for Julie Garwood books, and repurchased this book in Kindle format after buying the original version many years ago. While there are a few formatting errors, there is also a gap in content starting at location 5869. It appears there are several pages missing. Extremely annoying -- will be returning this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to reading another great book by Julie Garwood, what I got was a book that had flat characters and didn't make me feel anything the way her other books have. Maybe if I hadn't read her other books and hadn't expected so much of this new one I would have liked the book better. The bottom line is I am sick of all of her heriones getting lost and having no sense of direction. And if one more wrings her hands together I think I'll scream! Miss Garwood needs to start to give her heros and heriones new personalities and stop having them all share the same traits and act alike. The only reason I did not give it one star was because the story was there, but the characters were not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I love Julie Garwood books, but Kindle' s audio version was disappointing. All the male figures in the book spoke with a very raspy voice, and worst of all, the hero not only had a raspy throat but spoke in a whisper! The name of the narrator is not listed before you buy the audio portion of the book, so you have no way of knowing if you're getting Ms. raspy throat again in the next audio book you buy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2013
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This book has too many characters & I cannot remember their names.I fine it boring & I may not finishthe book!
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on September 12, 2012
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Pleasant reading material, but not in the same league as some of the other Julie Garwood books I have read. A good tale, but not much excitement.
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on July 1, 2013
Format: Mass Market PaperbackVerified Purchase
I just wanted something fun, a little mindless and romantic to read. It was ok, but for the most part predictable and not that great. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone since there are better books out there in this same genre, so I know it is possible to not be so mediocre.
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on October 9, 2014
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This is anexcllent book. I would recommend It highly.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
I waffled between giving the book one or two stars, but I ended up giving it two because I didn't absolutely hate it. However, I would not recommend this book to a friend if she asked me for a good read, which is a shame because I think the plot had a lot of potential. Jolly old England in the days of Robin Hood, sexy Scottish highlanders with delicious brogues, murder, long-lost sisters, and a beautiful heroine: sounds like the making of a great romance!! But alas, this book just did not do it for me. I won't bother with a synopsis since plenty of other reviewers have given one; rather, I'll just mention what my major issues with the book were.

Gillian, the heroine, is quite possibly the kindest, most courageous, clueless, annoyingly perfect main character I've read in a long time. She's so stoic and humble I often found myself unable to suspend my disbelief that anyone is that good. She also misunderstands situations that anyone with two brain cells would understand. The author tries to portray her as innocent or naive, but I often found myself thinking that she's just stupid. Brodick is so stereotypically uncivilized and testosterone-laden I could not make myself like him. He disregards Gillian's wishes constantly, lies to her repeatedly (and feels no real remorse at all), and shows no respect for her as a partner, and yet somehow she falls in love with him? I couldn't figure that one out! Brodick basically treats Gillian like an overprotected child, which struck me as really unattractive. As for the dialogue, I often found it unrealistic and stilted. Gillian stumbles her way through the Gaelic early in the story and the Buchanan soldiers laugh at her, but then somehow she becomes instantly fluent... except when people are talking about something she "shouldn't" understand, and then the language barrier pops back up. Brodick often emphasizes his statements with some form of "damn it," which after a while became a bit comical to me. And why did the author have to muddle the story with Brigid and Ramsey's poorly fleshed-out romance? They should have gotten their own book. Lastly, the sub-plot about Gillian and her estranged sister Christen was just badly done. Gillian spends the practically the entire novel searching for her sister, but when they are finally reunited their meeting just didn't live up to the hundreds of pages it took to get there. Disappointing. Which basically sums up how I felt about the whole book.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Seriously, 200+ thought this book deserved five stars? This was my first Julie Garwood book and will be my last. I enjoy dialogue between characters, but seriously-- 10 pages of dialogue between the heroine and a six-year-old? The characters were superficial and the amount of dialogue was way overkill. If they hadn't told me the book was set in Scotland and they didn't frequently throw in the word "Laird" I would have had no idea. There was no culture, no historical authenticity... I agree with another review that said it read like someone's very first novel, and a bad one. I ventured outside of my normal genre of historical fiction and this is what I got. I'm only giving it two stars because it wasn't HORRIBLE, but definitely cliche and boring.
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