Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂
Julie Garwood remains one of my all-time favorite authors. She was one of the authors that introduced me to historicals and I often revisit her when I’m in a slump or just need a pick me up. The Bride wasn’t the first book I read of Garwood’s, but it is one of my favorites. I adore Jamie and Alec.
The Bride by Julie Garwood
Series: Lairds’ Fiancées
Also in this Series: The Wedding
Genres: Historical Romance
Release Date: July 1989
Publisher: Atria Books
By the king’s edict, Alec Kincaid, mightiest of the Scottish lairds, must take an English bride. And Jamie the youngest daughter of Baron Jamison, is his choice. From his first glimpse of the proud and beautiful English lady, Alec felt a burning hunger stir within him. This was a woman worthy of his fearless warrior’s spirit. And he aches to touch her, tame her, possess her…forever.
But with the wedding vows, Jamie pledges her own secret oath: She will never surrender her love to this Highland barbarian. He was everything her heart warned her against — an arrogant, brooding scoundrel whose rough good looks and seductive embrace fire her blood. But when strange accidents begin to threaten Jamie’s life and an old rumor that Alec killed his first wife spreads anew, something far more dangerous than desire threatens to conquer her senses.
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I love the interaction between Alec and Jamie. Jamie gets so disgruntled with Alec. And Alec knows it.
“I’m frowning because you told me your were feeling inferior. I never, ever want you to think suck ridiculous thoughts in the future, wife. Wher ein God;s name you ever came up with such an ignorant idea-”
“You called be inferior,” she reminded him, thoroughly puzzled now.
He had the audacity to look surprised. Jamie’s eyes widened in reaction. “You called me insignificant, too. Don’t you remember, Alec?”
He shrugged. He went to collected their mounts, but he was smiling now instead of scowling. His gentle wife had sounded so incensed.
“You can’t even keep track of your own opinions?”
“No opinions,” he called over his shoulder. “Insults, love.”
“You admit insulting me then?” she shouted, chasing after him.
He let out a shout of laughter when her unladylike expletive filled the air.
She was horrified by her shameful blasphemy than he was. She apologized profusely.
He laughed right in her face.
Alec finally realizes that he’s coming to love Jamie and he will not have her jeopardize herself.
“What are you ranting about?” Jamie asking. “What chance did I take?”
He could tell from her expression she didn’t know why he was upset with her. He took a deep breath, trying to regain his control. He took a deep breath, trying to regain his control. When she’d stood up, his heart had stopped beating.
“You could have killed yourself.” he muttered between clenched teeth. “If anyone’s going to kill you, it’s going to me. Don’t ever stand on your mount’s back again. Not ever.”
I really laughed out loud here. Jamie gave her sister sanctuary and didn’t understand what she did.
“You dare refuse to do battle” Daniel bellowed. He was so angry the veins in his stood out on the sides of his neck.
“Damn right I do,” Alec bellowed back.
“I just did.”
Now it was Daniel’s turn to shake his head. “What game are you playing, Alec?” he demanded to know, though he no longer sounded as if he were spitting hot embers out of his mouth.
“I’ll not fight a war I don’t want to win,” Alec stated.
“You don’t want to win?”
“Why the hell not?”
“Daniel, do you honestly believe I want two Englishwomen in my household?”
The question took some of Daniel’s anger away. “But-”
“If I won’t, I’d have Mary living with Jamie for the rest of my days. You ask too much of me, friend.”
“You didn’t agree to give my wife sanctuary?” Daniel asked. A hint of a smile bellowed his expression.
“I did not, “Alex returned in exasperation.
This book is just fantastic. I loved it from beginning to end.
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About the Author
It’s no surprise that Julie Garwood became a writer. Growing up in a large family of Irish heritage, she took to storytelling naturally. “The Irish relish getting all the details of every situation,” she explains. “Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children. Early in life I learned that self-expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick.”
Creating stories was always a passion for Julie, but she didn’t focus on making it a career until the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publications of two young adult books, she turned her interests to historical fiction. Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published in 1985, and there has been a steady parade of bestsellers ever since. Today more than 40-million copies of her books are in print, and they are translated in dozens of languages around the world. One of her most popular novels, FOR THE ROSES, was adapted for a HALLMARK HALL OF FAME production on CBS.
Whether the setting be medieval Scotland, Regency England, frontier Montana, or modern-day Louisiana, her themes are consistent: family, loyalty, and honor. Readers claim that it’s the humor as well as poignancy of her novels that keep them coming back for more. Julie described her goals this way: “I want my readers to laugh and cry and fall in love. Basically, I want them to escape into another world for a little while and afterwards to feel as though they’ve been on a great adventure.”
Julie lives in Leawood, Kansas, and is currently working on her next novel.