In this splendid New York Times bestseller, Julie Garwood brilliantly crafts the majestic story of a young Englishwoman determined to fight for her freedom...a woman whose life would be transformed by the rare, unexpected gift of love.
When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry -- and selected a bridegroom for her -- it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.
At first Johanna was shy, but as Gabriel tenderly revealed the splendid pleasures they would share, she came to suspect that she was falling in love with her gruff new husband. And it was soon apparent to the entire Highlands clan that their brusque, gallant laird had surrendered his heart completely. But now a desperate royal intrigue threatened to tear her from his side -- and to destroy the man whose love meant more to her than she had ever dreamed!
Set in 13th-century England and Scotland, this rollicking adventure is among Garwood's ( The Bride ) most enjoyable. The news that her despicable husband is dead has left beautiful 16-year-old Lady Johanna both wealthy and available. Wicked King John wants to marry her to one of his henchmen, but her beloved foster brother convinces the powerful highland laird Gabriel MacBain to put aside his natural repugnance for all things English and wed the girl. Emotionally scarred by her first marriage, Johanna is intimidated both by her strange surroundings and by the outsized, gruff laird; but with the help of an eccentric old soldier and MacBain's illegitimate son, Johanna learns to hold her own with the soldiers, their wives and her new husband. Then an unwelcome surprise tests her newfound courage. Garwood endows the novel with a first-rate setting, a splendid supporting cast and witty dialogue that more than offsets the rote predictability of Johanna's great beauty and MacBain's forceful charisma.
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I loved Johanna! I can’t say enough about strong leading ladies. Love the clever problem-solving that she does all through-out the book. Don’t like books with weak willed
Leading ladies with warriors for husbands. My BFF said there is a sequel? If not please put pen-to-paper and create one.
I adored Johanna’s and Gabriel’s story! It’s one of those I have recommended to my wide circle of Highlander Book Club! IAMPUNY62
I enjoyed it but...
I have to agree with what someone else said, this book just ended! I mean, it was a long book and Julie couldn’t spare one more chapter to write about Johanna’s mother and her new baby? Who cares about the bishop? The end really disappointed me. Fix up Julie Garwood!
Just a lovely read
Beautifully written, strong and feminine heroine meets and falls in love with her equally strong yet reasonably sensitive warrior...only in romantic fiction? I would like to think not...and during the time I thoroughly enjoyed the unwinding of her s excellent highland tale, it is definitely true.
I highly recommend what is likely one of my all-time favorite books with characters I admire and a love which is beautiful as well as believable. Sprinkled with humor and soaked with a cherished tale of honor and family, winning against the powers of evil, and courage in the face of fear, I hope you enjoy this read as much as I do--every time I read it!