Series: Lairds' Fiancees #2
Published by Pocket Books on 01/01/1996
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
It's a classic plot: a marriage of convenience that lays the groundwork for true love.
1119. Journeying from England to Scotland to wed a highlander, Lady Brenna had resigned herself to the arranged match. But when a band of fierce, painted warriors captured her en route, she fearlessly met their demand to marry their leader -- the quick-tempered laird Connor MacAlister. She couldn't know that her capture was merely the first act of vengeance against her betrothed, Connor's sworn enemy.
Brenna harbored no illusions that her husband was in love with her; after a hasty forest wedding, MacAlister assured her she could return home once she had borne him a son. But she could not deny that she had once proposed to MacAlister -- ten years ago, when she was just a child, and the visitor to her father's castle charmed her with his dazzling, unexpected smile. Now, as she sets out to win the brave chieftain whom she has come to adore, a legacy of revenge ensnares Brenna in a furious clan war -- and only her faith in her gallant hero can save her....
If you’ve been stopping by my blog for any length of time then you know that I am a HUGE Julie Garwood fan. Her historical romances are just so good, and they are the best kind of comfort read. The Wedding was the very first Julie Garwood historical romance I ever read. So, for that alone, The Wedding has a very special place in my heart. It’s funny, because the first time I read it, I definitely liked it, but I didn’t realize how much until about a month later I just HAD to read it again. I’ve since read The Wedding too many times to count, and I love it every time, including this re-read.
The Wedding is about Lady Brenna, who’s English. She’s on the way to her wedding to a Highland Laird, McNair, a man she’s never met before. But, before she gets there, things happen and she ends up marrying Laird Connor MacAlister. Which really turns out to be a good thing.
The Wedding is a very typical Garwood romance, and that is a good thing. A lot of the story revolves around Brenna and Connor learning about each other, and how to be happy together. There are a lot of funny times when it’s so obvious Connor just does not understand his new wife. And I absolutely adore Brenna’s determination to turn her barbarian husband into a proper husband. I think she even uses that phrase or something similar.
Brenna is sweet and loving and resourceful when she wants to get her husband to agree to something. Connor is a fierce warrior and Laird, but he’s driven by revenge for his father’s death. He’s a fair ruler, and although he’s gruff around the edges, and doesn’t really know what to do with a wife, he’s a nice man. It’s so much fun to see Connor fall for Brenna. He definitely doesn’t understand it, and he resists it a bit, but in the end, he would do anything for her. Seriously, I love Connor.
Of course there are some issues that both Brenna and Connor has to work through. Some issues are more about the struggles of new marriage (especially when they didn’t really know each other before). But other issues revolve around some struggles Brenna has in her new home. But I don’t want to spoil it, so I’ll stop there.
Honestly, I just love everything about The Wedding. It’s not quite up there with The Secret for me, but I don’t think I will ever get sick of this romance. Although I would really love a story for Quentin and Faith! I would so be on board for that.