REVIEW by @fidget78: The Secret By Julie Garwood (@JulieGarwood)

Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from 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, however, 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!

When Jena and I were setting things up for me to start doing some reviews, I had a couple of questions for her.  The most important one being:  Do I only get to review new releases or can I do some reviews of “older” books that were some of my favorites?  Her gracious reply, “Go for it”.  So I am.  We live in such a modern world with e-readers and self-publishing almost being the norm.  I’ve been reading for so long, over 45 years.  Yep, I’m ancient.  When I began reading, some of the books being published would be very politically incorrect by today’s standards.  Those early writers paved the way for the writers of today and I’m so very glad I’ve been around to see that evolution.  So some of the books that I’ll review might not be your cup of tea or you might even be offended; don’t read them.  I’m just trying to open a new doorway for some of the readers out there or remind readers as old as I am to go for some of the oldies but goodies.
This is one of my all time favorites.  It’s a historical romance set in the 12th century.  I do believe this is one of the first romances I read that actually contained humor and not the stereotypical heroine.  Most of all, this book is about the true friendship of two women who shouldn’t have been friends at all.  During the 12th century, England and Scotland did not get along, but for two young girls at a gathering, the animosity was incidental.  Lady Judith and Frances Catherine become fast friends and get into all kinds of difficulties over the years.  At one of their gatherings, Lady Judith makes a solemn promise to Frances Catherine.  Judith will be there when Frances Catherine (always the two names together) has her first child.  Too many women died in child birth from some pretty archaic beliefs and Frances Cathrine does not want to be one of them.  In addition to the story of friendship this book shows how different people with different belief systems can truly get along.
Of course there’s a love interest for Lady Judith but the road isn’t easy.  Laird Ian Maitland cannot believe this little English woman is turning his beliefs and his clan upside down.  Not only is Lady Judith an English woman in Scotland but she’s keeping a big secret from everyone involved except Frances Catherine.  It’s a secret that could tear the Highlands open, pull Clans apart or mean heartbreak for Lady Judith and the love she’s finally found.
When I think of true friendship, this is the book that always comes to mind. 
I hope if you haven’t read it, you’ll give it chance and if you have, read it again just for fun.  If I had a daughter this would be a book on her must read list from her Mom.
5 Stars (are you really surprised?)
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  1. Have to check it out! I like SOME historical romances (Linda Lael Miller has some good ones, & Jude Deveraux).

    1. Dolly says:

      Heather if you like Jude Deveraux and Linda Lael Miller, you will love Julie Garwood.

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