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The Secret (Highlands' Lairds Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Julie Garwood
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, 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 reveled 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!

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Ever since they met as children at the annual summer festival on the border of their two countries, Judith Hampton of England has been fast friends with Frances Catherine Kirkaldy of Scotland. Despite the enmity between the two lands in this period (the late 12th century), Judith is determined to attend the birth of Frances Catherine's first child and find her father, a Scottish laird she has never seen (when they finally meet, it is not in the fashion she had anticipated). En route to her friend's Highland home, Judith charms her escort, Frances Catherine's brother-in-law Iain Maitland. So she is baffled when Iain withdraws into his role of clan laird. Equally confusing is Frances Catherine's claim that after years with the Maitlands, she is still an outsider. But Judith determinedly forges friendships and reexerts her charms over Iain, leading to a lively, unconventional wedding. Woven into Judith's story is an intriguing, almost heretical message for a romance novel: a woman needs more than the right man to have a full, happy life. That Garwood ( Guardian Angel ) can argue this point and still deliver a delightful tale is an accomplishment.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-- Vivacious Judith, a Brit, visits her friend in the untamed Scottish highlands of 1200. Little does she suspect that she will fall in love, marry, bring women's lib to her new village, and find her previously unknown father. The simple plot offers a pleasant blend of historical fiction and uncomplicated mystery. With well-developed, amusing characters, this entertaining novel pulls readers back in time to an unusual era, and is difficult to put down.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 765 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0671744216
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (July 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050ON37S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JULIE GARWOOD IS ONE OF A KIND! April 25, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
All of Julie Garwood's books are wonderful - some of her books are classics - this is one of them! What exactly made this book stand out from all of the others? Easy I read it so fast I had to re-read the next day to enjoy the parts I missed. This book has everything: a friendship between two women that was part of the story not just a passing paragraph. I was able to read about a true friendship instead of a jealous rivalry. Most books pit one woman against another, it was refreshing in itself to read about Judith and Frances Catherine's relationship. Not to mention the friendships between the men. In my opinion, this is just one of the reasons that made this book special. Judith Hampton was a strong heroine, independent yet vulnerable. I loved her interaction with various characters and how her love for Iain became a part of her. But I have to admit one of my absolute favorite things about Judith was her reaction everytime she had to use her midwifing skills! LOL! Iain Maitland. Well, what can you say about a gorgeous highlander with a heart! He was breathtaking, strong, capable but most of all he was tender. The romance was a beautiful thing to read and their interaction together was hilarious! I laughed so much my sides hurt and I cried so much my head ached! The secondary characters made this book come alive. Brodick, Ramsey, Frances Catherine and Patrick were all part of the fabric of this wonderful story!
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do I hear 10 STARS?? March 20, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I would give this book 10 stars if possible. The story of Judith and Iain is wonderful. I finally re-purchased this book after the 17 layers of tape could no longer hold it together. If you have not yet read Garwood this is a perfect one for you to start with. The story is touching, funny, romantic did I mention funny? It really is a love story between two people and a love story about a family. After you read this one pick up the sequal "The Ransom" you won't be disappointed I promise!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SHEER WINNER! November 18, 1999
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This book was exciting, funny and absolutely difficult to put down. I found myself trying to sleep but couldn't until I finished it. My family thought I was crazy from all the laughter they would here. I recommend it to EVERYONE! I can't wait to read RANSOM and see what happens to 2 other wonderful characters from this book. Julie Garwood is the BEST!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true treasure... July 21, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story begins with the formation of a friendship between two little girls who normally would have never been friends. Judith Hampton is Engish but her loving aunt and uncle live on the border between England and Scotland and take her to the border festival where she meets Frances Katherine Kirkaldy. A punishment rock and a vicious little bee forges the girl's friendship forever.

Now it is years later, Frances Katherine is about to have her first child and Judith has promised to be there. Frances Katherine defies her husband's clan and requests that Judith be brought to her, despite the fact that they hate the English. Convincing the council of her bond with Judith, Iain Maitland, the clans laird and Frances Katherine's brother-in-law agrees to go to England and retrieve Judith. Besides, Judith is not only a woman but English, she will never keep to her word and agree to follow the barbarians into the Highlands.

Judith Hampton is packed and ready to leave when Iain Maitland and his warriors arrive at her home. Shocking the warriors by leaving without any hesitation, Judith begins the long journey to the Highlands and into Iain's heart.

As the book progresses Iain struggles with making Judith understand that he is laird and she should obey all of his commands. Judith has a hard time understanding all of the Highlanders rules. Once they reach the clan, Frances Katherine is overjoyed with Judith's presence. Fearing for her life with the birthing of her babe, Judith soothes Frances Katherine by telling her all of the knowledge she had acquired in the last few years about being a midwife. Her knowledge turns into the clans saving grace from the current evil midwife.

Now Judith is finally making her place with the clan.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite MUST for your 'Re-Read' Shelf! November 29, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I know I have one, and this book is definitely in the top tier. There are some books by romance authors that you can just go and read over and over again, and I find that this is one of the best.
The story starts out charming and doesn't stop there. You're introduced to two little girls -- Judith and Frances Catherine, who should not be friends -- because one is English and one is Scottish. Of course, that never stopped anybody! They become best friends and maintain this bond through the years.
Fast forward a bit and Scottish Frances Catherine is expecting her first baby, and wants English Judith to be at her side. The laird, Iain Maitland, figures that Judith will say no to this request, and takes 3 of his men to go get her. To everyone's surprise, Judith is not only ready, but she's practically begging to be taken away from her abusive household.
Along the way, Iain and Judith fall in love, and the Secret of Judith's past threatens to tear them apart for all time. Of course, it won't because this is a romance novel, but there is still a lot of mystery and conflict surrounding the refreshingly innocent Judith.
There is a ton of humor in this book -- you will laugh over what the Scottish men say when they discuss Judith. You'll laugh over Judith's actions as she worries herself into a panic. I laughed my head off at the beginning of the book, with the strange friendship between Frances Catherine and Judith. It is obvious that Julie Garwood has a love for life and loves to laugh -- it is inherent through her books.
I cannot stress how much I love this book! Judith is very innocent and stubborn, and has had a hard life. You'll find yourself really cheering for her as the story goes by, and wanting everything to work out for her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Julie Garwood book she have the best book to ...
Love Julie Garwood book she have the best book to past time I read it mostly every night before bed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
Julie Garwood weaves her magic again. A delightful, delightful book.
Published 2 days ago by Shereen Boaz-Moreland
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Had me laughing out loud and then sighing over the HEA! Julie Garwood can always be counted on for a book you can't put down.
Published 2 days ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story but the audio version is painful.
Love the ability to get the kindle version and the audio with whispersync! The story was just what you expect out of a Scottish romance and a good read. Read more
Published 2 days ago by EJ P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by Karol H. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book my fav author hands down!
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Julie Garwood does it again. I loved this book. Great friendship book and great love story. Enjoyed it and have re-read numerous times.
Published 10 days ago by Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
I love everything that Julie Garwood writes. This is one of my favorites of the historic romance genre. Excellent!
Published 10 days ago by JoAnn P. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This book goes into my favorite list. It was unlike any other Highlander story I have read. There was no bloodshed, depressing hatred and angst. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mz Glitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Romance! love it!
Read and loved this book when it came out years ago! I just love the way Julie Garwood writes! amen!
Published 25 days ago by Bev
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Julie Garwood is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Hotshot, Sweet Talk, Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, Murder List, Killjoy, Mercy, Heartbreaker, Ransom, and Come the Spring. There are more than thirty-six million copies of her books in print.
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