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Sunday Spotlight: The Bride by Julie Garwood

Posted October 29, 2017 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 3 Comments

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. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

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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Memorable Quotes

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.

“Of course.”

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.

“You can’t.”

“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?”

“I don’t.”

“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

Julie Garwood

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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.


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Author Spotlight Review: The Bride by Julie Garwood.

Posted December 11, 2009 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments


Rowena’s review of The Bride by Julie Garwood.

Hero: Alec Kincaid
Heroine: Jamie Jamison

By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie, youngest daughter of Baron Jamison…a feisty, violet-eyed beauty. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her…forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. He was everything her heart warned against—an arrogant scoundrel whose rough good looks spoke of savage pleasures. And thought Kincaid’s scorching kisses fired her blood, she brazenly resisted him…until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills, and something far more dangerous than desire threatened to conquer her senses…

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve read this book and I’ll be honest in saying that I couldn’t for the life of me remember what the big deal about Alec was. I mean, he’s kicking everyone’s tail in the Last Hero Standing Challenge and I just had to find out why so I whipped this puppy out and all I can say is…now I remember.

I couldn’t remember much of this book because of the two books in this series, The Wedding was always my favorite. Connor was always my favorite brother. My friend Grace has always been in the Alec camp but everyone else? It’s always been Connor. Having said that, I now remember Alec’s appeal. The way he bumbled his way through taking a wife, an English bride at that and finding a spot for her in his life was just too frickin’ cute!

Alec was one of my favorite things about this book. His surly personality matched with Jamie’s personality made for such an entertaining read that had me giddy with anticipation for more. All of JG’s heroes are possessive and extra protective but the way that Alec wore his possessive nature had me drooling all over the place.

“By what name is she called Kincaid?”

He took a long time answering.

Alec slowly scanned the audience.

And then he answered at last.

“MINE.”

*swoon*

Love, love, love it! Alec is the bomb and I better read The Wedding quick or I’m going to forget that it is Connor that I love. Hehe.

Jamie on the other hand was a fantastic heroine. She was flawed and yet she was great. The way that her father treated her made me mad because she was no better than a maid. So when Alec comes to collect his bride and she’s not happy about it, seeing her come into her own was very engaging because Jamie was such an appealing character. She wasn’t perfect and that’s what I loved about her. She was great and she was flawed. She needed to learn that love should be freely given and I loved that Alec showed her that. Ugh and the way that Mary was with Jamie pissed me off to no end in this book, all over again. The way that she threw Jamie to the wolves each and every time to protect her pissed me off because she thought nothing of it. It was like it was Jamie’s job to do that but MARY WAS THE OLDER SISTER! Ugh, I couldn’t stand Jamie’s family and was so glad that Alec came into her life because for once, he showed her that she could lean on someone else other than herself.

There’s so much to love about this book. From the way that Alec told Jamie that he loved her the first time (it made me melt this time around cause I had forgotten) in Gaelic, to Jamie causing all the wars, to the scene at the end when Andrew comes and the entire clan repays him for Jamie. Alec’s explanation to Jamie about what everyone was doing melted my heart.

The mystery surrounding who was doing all of the crappity crap to Jamie was something that I saw a mile away but I remember reading this book for the first time and not having a clue but still, that bit of mystery lent the book more greatness. All in all, this book was a fantastic read and I’m sure I will be reading this book again and again in the future because it is a definite keeper. If you haven’t read this book or any book by Julie Garwood, I suggest you get checked because something is not right. This book’s got it all, the laughter, the sigh all over the place scenes and fabulous characters that will stay with you long after you put it down so really, READ THIS BOOK!

Grade: 4.75 out of 5

This book is available from Pocket Books. You can buy it here.


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