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The Wedding (Thorndike Famous Authors) Hardcover – Large Print, August 11, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 358 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Lairds' Fiancees Series

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  • Series: Thorndike Famous Authors
  • Hardcover: 618 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg Rep edition (July 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141042734X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410427342
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,253,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Garwood is one of my favorite romance authors. I'm absolutely devastated that she wandered from the path of historical romance. (Killjoy and the rest are still great, but every once in a while, would it kill ya to return to the past, Julie? Puh-Leaze?)
Anyway, The Wedding is, in my opinion, the weakest of her historical triumphs. I figured this out upon a second read. Why do I dislike it? Connor - the hero - is a jerk. Plain and simple. Normally I can deal with the dark brooding male . . . by the end of the book, he becomes attached to the heroine and the ice melts, forcing us (as readers) to fall in love with him as he realizes the extent of his feelings for his wife/lover/mistress.
Never happened with this one . . . at least for me. I thought Connor treated Brenna like a piece of luggage. I was actually furious with the character on occasion, and that's not good. I don't read romance to get angry. I read it for a nice vacation from my brain.
Garwood's romances have always followed a formula: she creates a heroine who is strong but flawed. The Wedding is no different. There is humor and a sense of sweetness to the English Lady Brenna. She finds herself saddled with a brute of a husband (a 'barbarian' Highlander)and mystically melts in his arms. I just can't figure out why. Connor's self absorbed, obsessed with revenge, and an all around miserable man. Course, by the end of the book he's as soft as milktoast for his wife, but I just didn't feel that he deserved her - even though he realizes the prize he has in his wife.
For great Garwood, there are other places to turn. If you want romance set in the Highlands, look at The Secret or Ransom. I also really liked The Bride. If you're looking for London victorian style stuff, Guardian Angel, Castles, and Lion's Lady are excellent.
Happy Reading!
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This is the second book in a series. It can be read on it's own without leaving the reader feeling one step behind. It does visit the couple from the previous book.

Lady Brenna and Connor MacAlister met long ago, when she was a little girl. He rescued her from pigs, she proposed. Years later she is on her way from England to Scotland to marry a man she has never met.

Connor is a Laird and a man seeking revenge for his father's death. He knows that his enemy's bride is on her way and he decides to take the bride for himself. He has no idea it's the woman who as a little girl proposed to him.

Brenna is not happy about either choice for marriage. She chooses to marry Connor in order to save her father's men who were guarding her.

This is one of my favorite Julie Garwood books. What should seem like an unbelievable and ridiculous start to a relationship instead seems not only plausible but even romantic. Connor and Brenna have a wonderful chemistry and their characters seem very tangible.

Brenna is a mischievous, warm, caring heroine. She is eager to please her husband, his staff, his men and even his stepmother.

Connor is a strong leading male with a heart he is determined not to give away. He tries to keep Brenna `in line' but in the end always relents.

There are some wonderful supporting characters. Connor's two most trusted men Quinlan and Crispin. They offer some comic relief and there is a real brotherhood between the three. Father Sinclair marries Brenna and Connor, and then becomes Brenna's friend and Priest. Connor's stepmother adds some conflict to the story. She runs Brenna and the staff ragged. Alec and Jamie, from The Bride, also make appearances in this story.

This story is about Connors quest for revenge and his search for his father traitor. Brenna's longing for love and her efforts to please her husband. It's a believable, wonderful historical romance.
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Lady Brenna's father has decided she is to marry a Scottish Highlander and quickly packs her up to marry her betrothed. During her trip from England to Scotland, her party is waylaid by a war-painted band of warriors, who insist Lady Brenna marry their laird, Conner MacAlister. Brenna remembers how, as a child, she proposed to Conner while he visited her family's home. Conner was raised and taught by Alec Kincaid (from "The Bride") after his father and family were ambushed and killed while he was a child. Brenna is unaware their marriage is merely one step in the revenge plot against her betrothed. She has many obstacles to deal with once she reaches her Scottish Highland home. She must learn their customs in order to fit in & she has to deal with her controlling mother-in-law, a lecherous brother-in-law, and her rather aloof husband who doesn't plan on sticking around much.
The prequel, "The Bride", was the first book I had read by Julie Garwood and I read this one right after. While "The Bride" was wonderful, this novel just didn't measure up. I found the character of Brenna rather annoying with her losing things all the time, and letting her mother-in-law continually run over her. I mean I can understand initially how she would want to fit in with her new family, and try to please the old battle-axe, but enough is enough! What woman would really believe her mother-in-law when she tells her it's okay to allow her husband's stepbrother's sexual advances?!! This would be weird in most cultures & especially in a culture where the men are so possessive of their women.
Overall the story wasn't bad, but too much of it was similar to "The Bride", and it's rather lackluster in comparison. I liked some of the secondary characters- Quinlan comes to mind, and there were some humorous moments.
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