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Ransom Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1999
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Romantic Times An enthralling tale....In this powerful story, passion, loyalty, friendship, and mystery superbly blend with realistic, three-dimensional characters.
Rendezvous Pure entertainment....Truly unforgettable. Romance never felt so good.
Under the Covers Book Reviews A keeper.... Anyone who has had the pleasure of reading Julie Garwood's classic tale The Secret will remember the two lovable rogues Brodick Buchanan and Ramsey Sinclair. Now they star in their own story...The plot is crisp, entertaining, and makes Medieval England seem real.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette (IA) A riproaring romp, full of humor, romance, sword fights, and crisp dialogue.... So much fun, it begs to be read in one sitting....Characters feel like old friends, and readers will regret to see the story end.
All About Romance Wonderful....Ransom provides suspense, passion, and humor.
The Kansas City Star Julie Garwood's stories happen in a different world, and she makes that world palpable. Readers...appreciate the fragility of life in a time when death was omnipresent.
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In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers -- only to be lost for more than a decade.
Now a beautiful young woman, Gillian finds the key to resolving her past in handsome Scottish chieftains Ramsey Sinclair and Brodick Buchanan. With the cunning and courage of the daring Scotsmen, and with the friendship of a new ally, Bridgid KirkConnell, Gillian at last fights the unscrupulous Baron Alford, laying claim to her home, her family, and her father's reputation. But in the presence of the mighty warriors, Gillian and Bridgid discover that desire can be a weapon of conquest...betrayal can slay trust in a heartbeat...and the greatest risk of all is surrender -- to the deep emotions of unexpected love.
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I loved the h in this book, she was not rude or naggy in order to appear strong. She was brave and her acts defined that and she didn't think she was strong while very obviously being strong. She didn't feel the need to prove herself she just was what she was. There are no great misunderstandings in this book that create drama for the sake of drama to try and build up to the climax. The h and H communicated well and thought the H was stubborn she didn't just let him have his way. She did what she knew needed to be done despite what he thought.
I will say that I thought she fell in love with him a little fast and I didn't like that she asked him to join her to Ramsey's I feel like it was a little conflicting with how her character was written and could have been done a little better, but it didn't really deter from the story and she certainly made up for it.
This book is worth the read it is not focused on sex and blah blah though is does have a couple love scenes that aren't too graffic. This book truly focuses on a story. Not just two people lusting for each other but rather it hostess and entire cast of well written characters and a sound plot that are the foundation of a good wholesome story. I reread this book often, my favorite part is where she is getting her wounds tended at the beginning of the book. I love her bravery and selflessness and her determination to control the situation when everyone around her is trying to take her control away. The story is humorous and still romantic without the over lavishing on the character's feelings and emotions. You know what I'm talking about. Like those books where the author spends pages describing ones heart palpitations at the sight of the other. BORRING.
This book offers just enough details on their feeling to be appreciative and understanding to their feeling without the urge to skip over paragraph after paragraph to get to the action. I love Julie Garwood she is a talented author and I hope she starts writing more historical fiction soon.
Warning, spoilers ahead.
So, Gillian wanted to go back and save her uncle. Even though Alford will kill her and her uncle once he gets what he wants anyway (and she's supposed to be smart😧). Brodick, of course, instead of telling Gillian his plan, broke his word and did his thing. Predictably, and stupidly, Gillian got herself caught with her trusty sidekick, Brigid, in tow. I understand plot twists are there to serve the romance... But can't they at least make sense?