- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Star; Reprint edition (April 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671871005
- ISBN-13: 978-0671871000
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 437 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Only a master could top the stunning success of For the Roses, and Julie Garwood has proven once again why she "attracts readers like beautiful heroines attract dashing heroes" (USA Today) with this joyous New York Times bestseller. Returning to the enchanting world of her classic The Bride, she brings the soaring adventure, love and rivalry of medieval Scotland to glorious life in a delightful tale her fans will adore.
Journeying from England to Scotland to wed a highlander, Lady Brenna had resigned herself to the arranged match. But when a band of fierce, painted warriors captured her en route, she fearlessly met their demand to marry their leader -- the quick-tempered laird Connor MacAlister. She couldn't know that her capture was merely the first act of vengeance against her betrothed, Connor's sworn enemy. Brenna harbored no illusions that her husband was in love with her; after a hasty forest wedding, MacAlister assured her she could return home once she had borne him a son. But she could not deny that she had once proposed to MacAlister -- ten years ago, when she was just a child, and the visitor to her father's castle charmed her with his dazzling, unexpected smile. Now, as she sets out to win the brave chieftain whom she has come to adore, a legacy of revenge ensnares Brenna in a furious clan war -- and only her faith in her gallant hero can save her...
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Garwood didn't go into as much historical detail as some historical romance writers, but I didn't notice any glaring anachronisms, either. Garwood's writing mechanics were excellent, as is usual with her books.
I thought the plot was more character driven, with the focus on the developing relationship between the hero and heroine, as opposed to a plot driven story with lots of action. The main protagonists were a slightly eccentric heroine and a gruff hero who didn't know what hit him after he married the heroine. She talks circles around him and his men, and manages to capture their hearts. I enjoyed the back and forth banter between the hero and heroine and found it amusing. I think it's the type of light banter and dialogue reminiscent of the old screwball comedies that one either loves or hates.
I also liked the characterization of the heroine; she had an innocent naivety coupled with native shrewdness and intelligence. Her feelings were easily hurt, but she didn't hold a grudge, had a warm heart and looked for the best in people, sometimes giving them the benefit of the doubt when they didn't deserve it. I didn't feel that she was a "too stupid to live" heroine; she was young, insecure, and was desperate to please her husband's family so they would like her, but she would only be pushed so far.
The hero had been raised as a warrior, believing that showing softer emotions made a leader look weak. He has been raised to believe that a leader had to be an authoritarian figure who gave orders, expected them to be obeyed, didn't give explanations or put up with being questioned, contradicted, or disobeyed. Otherwise, he felt it would make him look like a weak leader and that he would not be respected by his men or clan. When he married the heroine, he intended to remain in control and aloof, and he expected her to obey him at all times, without ever questioning him. It was a pleasure to see him alternately stern, infuriated, bemused, befuddled, aghast, warm and loving, as he and the heroine developed a loving relationship. I didn't think he was a jerk. He seemed to be a product of his time and circumstances as far as his beliefs in how he needed to act, but he had a lot of good qualities. He thought daughters should be treated lovingly and not sold to the highest bidder, that it was the duty of the strong to look after the weak, and that women and children should never be abused. He was loyal to his people, and even as a child, he wouldn't leave the injured behind to save himself. His people were loyal to him and respected him, which was an indication of his character. Even when he thought he should be firm with the heroine, he didn't have the heart to deliberately hurt her feelings, he tried to understand her and he was never abusive. When he did things that upset her, like leaving her belongings behind, it was early in the story when he didn't understand the finer points of communicating with one's wife and not doing things that would upset a wife. He wasn't being mean or sadistic; he just didn't have a clue about being a husband. From the beginning, he started to try to understand what the heroine needed from him and then he made every effort to adjust to marriage and to balance the tenderness of a husband with the firmness of a warrior.
This was a light, enjoyable book that kept me engaged and entertained. When I reread it today, I was in a "hard to please" slump and was having trouble deciding what type of book I was in the mood for. I just wanted something that was not too demanding but not too light, something that would make me smile and put me in a better mood. This book was perfect. I highly recommend this book to others looking for the same qualities in a book.
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It has everything, from love,revenge, hate, murder, rape, intrigue, and comedy in the end well, you"ll have to read it. I"m about to read it again.
THE STORY: Lady Brenna of Haynesworth has been sent to marry a highlander when her entourage is waylaid by laird Connor MacAlister. Connor has decided to force a marriage with Brenna in order to frustrate the intentions of Brenna's intended and Connor's enemy. Connor ends up being a godsend to Brenna because her intended is a harsh man and Brenna is determined to make her marriage work. The secrets of the past come back and threaten the happiness that Brenna and Connor tentatively build.
OPINION: I loved Brenna. She is quirky and she bedevils Connor in ways that he doesn't know how to deal with. Despite the way that their marriage begins, Connor always treats Brenna with great respect. There is a bit of angst in this story and Brenna is seriously threatened by a dastardly character. Her unwillingness to disclose the threat to her is somewhat frustrating but understandable in many ways considering her perceived position. I like those books that make me laugh and sigh and this book does both.
WORTH MENTIONING: It almost seems like this book was set up for a sequel with two other characters that never happened which saddens me.
FINAL DECISION: I loved this book. I was intrigued by the mystery in the story of what happened to Connor's father and I loved the sweet, funny romance. Recommend!
CONNECTED BOOKS: THE WEDDING is the sequel to THE BRIDE. The main characters from THE BRIDE make an appearance her and have a significant role in the book.
STAR RATING: I give this book a 4.5 rating because it made me smile and I loved the quirky romance and I liked the mild angst and suspense in the book.
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The Hero is a sexistic moron, Heroine seems to me intellectually challenged and immature.Read more