Friday Check-In – The Secret by Julie Garwood

I decided to join a few memes for a Friday blog post (I love checking out Katherine’s posts each week!). I’m participating in the Book Blogger Hop (answering a given question each week), Book Beginnings on Fridays, and the Friday 56 (sharing the first line, and something from either page 56, or 56% of the book I’m currently reading). Click the links to check out these fun posts.

The Book Blogger Hop Question of the Week:

When you feature a book in your posts, do you include a book cover?

Almost always. If it’s a review, I always feature the book cover. The only times I might not feature the book cover is if I’m talking about so many books that I can’t fit all the covers in the post neatly.

Book Beginnings on Fridays and the Friday 56

the secret julie garwoodThe Secret by Julie Garwood


Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud, as purposeful as she was loyal. The dear Scottish friend of her childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another, private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land…Iain Maitland, Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith revelled in the melting bliss of Iain’s searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan…not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves.

First Line:

England, 1200

“The became friends before they were old enough to understand they were supposed to hate each other.”

Page 56:

“Is Patrick kind to Frances Catherine? Does he treat her well?” [from Judith, the heroine of the novel]

“I imagine he’s kind to her,” he [Iain, the hero of the novel]  announced with a shrug. Almost as an afterthought he added, “He would never beat her.”

She looked up into his eyes so he could see the amusement over than comment. “I already knew he wouldn’t beat her.”

“How do you know?”

“If he ever raised a hand against her, she’d run away from him.”

It was such an outrageous thing to say, Iain didn’t know how to respond. He quickly regained his wits. “And where would she run?”

“To me.”

My thoughts:

I have read this book many times. It’s one of my favorite historical romances of all time. And I’m rereading it yet again. I love the first line, which is about Judith and Frances Catherine, who became the best of friends when they were just little girls, and remained close throughout their life.

And I love that little snippet I just shared (technically on page 57, but it’s my blog, I make the rules) because it shows how very close Judith and Frances Catherine are now, as adult women. Even though it’s medieval England, and women had no rights, Frances Catherine would have someone to turn to in times of need, as would Judith. Female friendships, for the win!

24 Responses to “Friday Check-In – The Secret by Julie Garwood”

  1. Freda

    That beginning is proof that people are not born with prejudices. Sounds like a great read! Happy weekend!

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I had to laugh when I saw what book you’re featuring! I knew you had mentioned it was one of your favorites so I’m wondering if you’re doing some rereading to try and bust out of your slump? I do like the sound of the 56. I like when characters have a really solid friendship/support system.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Seriously, I’m absolutely obsessed with her medieval historicals. Do you have a favorite? The Secret is mine, although I also LOVE Saving Grace, Honor’s Splendour, and Ransom. And The Wedding and The Bride. 🙂

  3. Lover Of Romance

    ooh…I just love The Secret as well!! Its just a great book, and great snippets you share here. The humor is awesome right? I love these larger than life characters Garwood.

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