Review: Ransom by Julie Garwood

Review: Ransom by Julie GarwoodRansom by Julie Garwood
Series: Highlands' Lairds #2
Published by Pocket Books on 1999
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought

For fans of Scottish medieval romances comes this beloved and classic page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.

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 warrors, 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 to surrender to unexpected love.

There are some authors that I have a very soft spot for.  Whose books I read over and over and over again.  One of those authors is Julie Garwood, particularly her historical romances.  And I had a craving for some Julie Garwood and decided to re-read Ransom, which is one of my favorites.  Ransom was as adorable and swoony as I remembered.

Ransom is a historical romance set during medieval times mostly in the highlands, but also in England. I have to say that it takes some time for the story to be set up and it isn’t until around page 100 where the two main characters (Gillian and Brodick) actually meet.  But still, I am always totally engrossed in the set up, which isn’t always the case for me.

Gillian is a very typical Julie Garwood heroine, and she’s just completely adorable.  She is beautiful, but doesn’t realize it, which is could be a bit eye-rolly, but doesn’t really bother me in the slightest.  Gillian is also very intelligent, tough, but also soft and sweet and extremely loyal to those she loves.  By helping save a kidnapped boy she meets Brodick, who’s Laird Buchanan.

For real, Brodick is my kind of hero (okay, actually nearly all of Garwood’s heroes are my kind of heroes).  Brodick is stubborn, and rough around the edges, but he’s also honorable, and actually a big softie inside.

It’s clear from the first time that Brodick and Gillian meet that these two belong together.  It’s so much fun to see Brodick fall for Gillian.  He can’t help it, and he knows that she needs to be with him.  I love, love, love that there isn’t a whole bunch of drama about them actually getting together.  There are issues, of course, because there needs to be, but it’s more based on outside influences than Brodick and Gillian’s feelings for each other.

The plot is pretty interesting, revolving around a murder than happened when Gillian was just a child.  The major part of the story is about Gillian and Brodick, of course, but it was interesting trying to figure out what happened during that murder.

There is also a secondary romance in Ransom centering around Laird Ramsay (who’s this gorgeous man, and ladies are always following him around) and Brigid.  I don’t always care for secondary romances, but I really loved this one.

I don’t know if I will ever get sick of re-reading Julie Garwood’s historical romances.  Ransom has everything that I love in a historical romance – a nice, and intelligent heroine, an honorable hero, not too much drama regarding the hero and heroine getting together, and characters I can root for.


11 Responses to “Review: Ransom by Julie Garwood”

  1. Renee (@Addictofromance)

    Oh I just love Garwood…every book of hers I have loved. I am not sure I have read this one, and if I have it was when I first started reading romance, about ten years ago. So I think I will get this on my next library run. Fabulous review by the way, and I don’t know if I have told you, but your blog is just so beautiful. I love it. I am like you in re reading this author too, I have found that I still enjoy re reading her historical’s.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I adore her, too! Her books are just so freaking comforting. You should definitely give this a re-read. I know a number of people that say that Ransom is there favorite Garwood book. I love it, but it isn’t my favorite (It’s either The Secret or Castles – so hard to choose!).

      I wish I could take credit for how pretty my blog looks, but Ashley from Nose Graze, Creative Whim and Book Host designed it.

        • Quinn's Book Nook

          I love The Wedding, too! It was my first Julie Garwood Historical. The actual first Garwood book I read was Heartbreaker, but I always think of The Wedding as the first because it was her first historical romance I read, and I like her historicals so much.

  2. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I love big bad-looking heroes who are real softies inside. I need to check this out sometime. I know you love Julie Garwood and I have to read more of her books.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I am a total sucker for Julie Garwood. Her books are just so comforting, and I always LOVE her heroes. Which of her books have you read? My favorites are The Secret and Castles. Although I love almost all of her historicals.

      • Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

        I have read Castles (which I really liked) and The Bride (it was okay). I DNF’d Honor’s Splendour after have it on my TBR shelf for years awhile ago. I need to try The Secret and Ransom soon.

  3. Kaja

    I love Julie Garwood, too! She was the reason I started reading historical romances in the first place, because I got a job translating Saving Grace into Slovenian for a major publisher here. And then I binge-read most of her historical novels and fell in love 🙂
    I get what you’re saying about her heroes – they are always rough around the edges but always take care of their loved ones, which is something I sometimes miss with other authors. I can’t stand heroes being hurtful towards the women they’re supposed to love.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      How you discovered Julie Garwood, and then historical romance, makes me so happy. And I love Saving Grace. I’ve been thinking that I should totally re-read that one soon.

      I don’t like it when the heroes are hurtful to the women they love either. It really annoys me!!! But that doesn’t happen in Julie Garwood books which is part of the reason I keep coming back to them.

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