Saturday, March 3, 2012

Book Review: The Secret by Julie Garwood

The Secret 
by Julie Garwood
Format: Paperback
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

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 reveled 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!

My Review:

This book was on several romance conversion kit lists. I had picked it up a long time ago and finally decided to read it for the month of February or the month of love. This was an amazing book. The author immediately draws you in with a friendship of two young girls and then jumps ahead about 20 years to their current lives, the current story. The author interweaves those lives and continues to show the friendship. Mind you, one is British and the other Scottish.

Oh and yeah, there is a romance in the book. It takes the two kind of by surprise, but their love for one another is strong. What a great couple; Judith Hampton and Iain Maitland!!

I enjoyed the book very much. I loved the highlanders portrayed in this book. Very strong and tough and posing a way of life for women that we no longer have. However, Judith is very strong and shows a softer “better” way of life for women. Her being English is quite interesting as well. I also have to say I'm glad I did not go through child birth in the 1600's. I'm very grateful for modern medicine. However, it's amazing and is portrayed in the book how women possibly were a great catalyst for modern medicine. They just knew there was a better way.

Verdict: 5 stars. This is a romance book that gives you more than just a great romance story. There is a definite historical reflection on the time period.

Recommendation: For anyone who likes historical fiction and/or romance.


  1. Sounds fantastic, I do enjoy this genre :)

  2. Garwood is one of the really great writers in this genre. I've read many of her books.