Audio Review: The Bride by Julie Garwood

Audio Review: The Bride by Julie GarwoodThe Bride by Julie Garwood
Series: Lairds' Fiancees #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on 01/01/1989
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Source: Audible

From New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood, whose novels have enchanted millions of readers worldwide, comes a breathtakingly romantic novel about a mismatched young wife and husband who, despite their differences in background and temperament, fall inexorably in love. Available in hardcover for the first time, with a new introduction from Julie Garwood that explains her inspiration for this timeless love story, The Bride sweeps readers back to the savage beauty of medieval Scotland....

By the king's edict, Alec Kincaid, mightiest of the Scottish lairds, must take an English bride. And Jaime 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, tameher, 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 he senses.

With all the storytelling power and insight into the human heart that have made her one of the bestselling authors of our time, Julie Garwood takes readers on an unforgettable romantic journey rich in humor, suspense, and historical detail.

My love for Julie Garwood’s historicals is seriously fierce. I’ve read all of her historicals multiple times, and so many of hers I consider all time favorites. But this is the first time I’ve listened to one of her books on audio, and I owe a BIG thanks to Renee for recommending them, because I absolutely loved reading The Bride on audio!

The Bride is about Jamie, who is the stepdaughter of an English baron. Jamie and one of her sisters are asked to marry to highlanders to please their king, which leads to such a fun story. Jamie is what I would expect from a Julie Garwood book. She’s sweet, and soft and very feminine, but she’s also got quite a temper. Jamie has lots of skills. She’s very smart, and she’s a healer and excellent at that. She basically runs her father’s home, even though she has three older sisters.

Alec isn’t all that excited about marrying an Englishwoman, but he will do what his King asks. He just wants to get it over with, and get back to his clan. Alec is totally swoony, my friends. He’s super strong, and totally alpha. He’s not at all sure what to do with a wife, and it’s super fun to watch him struggle with his growing feelings towards Jamie. There are some dated phrases that pop up – like Jamie being Alec’s property. But it doesn’t really ruin the book, and quite frankly, that’s what people thought back then.

Both Jamie and Alec struggle with their new marriage, and with learning how to live with each other, but they also take care of each other, even at the beginning when they aren’t in love and hardly even know each other. Watching Jamie and Alec figure out what is going to work for them, and figuring out that they do care for each other deeply, is so satisfying.

There’s a suspense aspect to The Bride as well. It’s not the focal point at all (that’s the romance) but Garwood does a good job of interweaving that suspensefulness throughout the novel. The suspense angle comes from the fact that Alec’s first wife died after only being married to Alec for a few months. It’s believed that his first wife killed herself, but it’s evident at the very beginning that she was murdered. And now that Alec brings home a new wife, well, the murderer isn’t too happy.

The narrator, Roslyn Landor, was fantastic with this story. She even does some of the Scottish accents, which is seriously so much fun. If you’re a fan of historical romance and haven’t read this classic yet, get yourself a copy! And if you’re looking to try out historical romance, this is a great book to start with. Basically, I loved just about everything of The Bride.


5 Responses to “Audio Review: The Bride by Julie Garwood”

  1. Renee (Lover of Romance)

    what a great review. I love this one on audio as well…it was the first book that I ever listened to on audio and just got me hooked. I actually love it (i know its not a modern idea) when author implement how people acted and thought back in the day…it makes it seem more like you going back through time and seeing things as they really were!!! I really think all the narrators that Julie Garwood has on her historical’s are fantastic…the only one I haven’t listened to yet is Prince Charming. Hope to do that soon.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I think that’s a great point, about seeing things as they were back them. It didn’t precisely bother me when Alec kept saying that Jamie was his property, but it did make me stop for minute.

      I definitely want to listen to more of Garwood’s books. I think I might listen to Saving Grace next. Or maybe The Lion’s Lady. I really like Prince Charming. I like that we get an American setting.

  2. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

    I had forgotten about this one!!!! I really need to reread all of Julie Garwood’s books. They were such a huge part of my younger years, but they’ve all sort of meshed together into one! Glad you enjoyed this one and the narrator was great!

  3. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    So glad you loved another Garwood book – I feel like I won’t go wrong then if I pick up any of her books. 🙂 This one sounds fun – some similarities maybe with The Secret which is great since I enjoyed that book so much!

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