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The Bride by Julie Garwood
Published July 1989
By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kinkaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie, youngest daughter of Baron Jamison… a fiesty, violet-eyed beauty. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to posess her… forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian.
He was everything her heart warned against- an arrogant scoundrel whose rough good looks spoke of savage pleasures. And though Kinkaid’s scorching kisses fired her blood, she brazenly resisted him… until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills, and something for more dangerous than desire threatened to conquer her senses…
First, please don’t let this stupid blurb prevent you from reading this book. I don’t think it’s very accurate of the story and the book is much better than the blurb. Whomever wrote that should be strung-up.
Second, I rated this book a 10 which is the best score possible. Was the book perfect? No, but it is definitely one I would buy (in hard-back no less) and keep on my shelf to read again. I can certainly understand why this book is considered a classic.
We waited a couple weeks and are going to discuss story details below. Please don’t read down if you don’t want to know any spoilers…
First, let me say I adored Alec. I thought him trying not to ever yell at Jamie was sweet and he was trying very hard to be a caring and compassionate man. However, I thought it odd that he was so cold concerning his first wife and was blown away that he had a step-daughter that he just let get shuffled about and even abused. I’m sure he didn’t know about the abuse but to not even question her care was neglectful. Then, all of a sudden, he was this great dad? I thought that was a little hard to swallow but it was really the only thing in the book that didn’t sit well with me.
I also pictured Alec to be very handsome and I LOVED how they met – the groom was talking with Jamie and Alec heard the whole thing. It was such a great scene!
Did the book ever give her last name? I know she was the step-daughter of the Baron Jameson but I didn’t recall it ever telling Jamie’s last name. I thought it was odd that her step-father supposedly loved her the most over his own natural children but I don’t think it was really love. It was co-dependence. Jamie did everything and her family took advantage of her.
That said, I think she was really trying to help Alec once they got to Scotland. I LOVED how she stood up to people and didn’t let people take advantage of her. She was a strong but believable character and she was delightful.
I liked the pace of the book too. I like how they kept the focus on the love story and the murder mystery was kept in the background. It was a nice addition but it didn’t distract from the romance.
Like I said earlier, I’d give this book a 10. I liked it so much I went out and got “The Wedding” which appears to be similar.
Really there isn’t much more to say that Jen hasn’t already said. LOL.
I’d seriously forgotten how much I loved this book. It’s so nice to actually go back to a guaranteed good read … to know its going to be great. THIS is what Julie Garwood should continue to write.
There were so many moments in this book that I loved. I really enjoyed how Alec continually tried to make Jamie angry … just to see her all riled up. Alec is my favourite kind of alpha hero … the possesive, capable kind but yet he was still able to let Jamie be who she was (even though he wanted her to settle in) and yet he wasn’t stubborn-to-being-an-idiot point about anything.
I found Jamie’s point of view very modern and at some places it threw me out of the book. I also found a lot of the sayings and vocabulary to be a bit more present time than it should be. Who said “all tuckered out” in 12th century Scotland? Or even just “Oh, God.” (Jen seconds this too, it wasn’t accurate speech for the time but it was easier to read with vocabulary I was familiar with).
Jamie’s father and sisters were the most annoying parts of the entire book to me. That Jamie was the baby, yet she was still made to do all the chores and to protect everyone else in the household.
I really enjoyed the constant interaction between Jamie and Alec. And how Jamie didn’t let anyone walk all over her – even though she was technically the outsider.
My favourite scenes are:
After swearing that she wouldn’t wear his plaid – and Alec that he wouldn’t touch her again until she did, Jamie takes a freezing cold dip in the lake and then rushes to where Alec is sleeping so that she can have him warm her up with his body heat.
She was just drifting off to sleep when Alec spoke to her.
“Yes, Alec?” she whispered against his ear.
“You’re wearing my plaid.”
When Jamie asked for permission from Alec to rearrange the kitchens … and then Alec’s response when he arrived home to find out what she had really done. And the way that Jamie would always shout back at Alec without realizing it. And she wore black to her wedding!! hahaha …
“Sheep settle in, Kincaid. I’m a lady, if you haven’t taken the time to notice”
“I’ve noticed.” The way he drew out the remark made her heart quicken.
The confrontation with Laird McPherson about his baby son after he refused to tell his wife to feed the baby goats milk:
“Then you can just go home without your son, McPherson. I won’t let you kill him with your ignorance. Come back when he’s old enough to fend for himself.” And then to turn around and see that Alec was behind her, ready to do war for her.
And …. oh, so many more but I was too stupid to mark the pages of all the places where I ohhhh’d at Alec.