It’s been over a month since the last time I posted something, but the day job has kept me busy to say the least. I hope everyone is doing well, the holidays are upon us, isn’t it crazy? I feel like it was only January and suddenly Halloween is just a few weeks away!
I’ve read a few books recently but this week I chose The Bride. Have you read it? This was my first time reading this book and I couldn’t believe how much I liked it. I was kind of shocked because I don’t like reading books set prior to 1750 (that’s where I usually draw the line). I don’t know about you, there’s just something that appeals to me with books set anywhere between 1750 – 1890. Anything pre or post I usually pass on. I guess I have a hard time picturing the time period outside of the date range I mentioned.
Anyway, enough about that. Now, let me tell you about The Bride. Yes. It’s an older book. It’s set in the highlands in 1102. So, Alec (our hot hero) goes to England not only on business but also because the king has ordered him to pick a wife. An English wife, the king’s got some nerve! LOL. Way to insult a highlander like Alec. He’s got no choice but obey and he wants this ordeal to be over with quick so he can get back to his home in the highlands. When Alec sets his eyes on Jamie, well, let’s just say he’s done for. She’s a redhead with blue eyes and wit. He marries her and takes her with him only an hour after they say their vows.
Jamie can’t believe her luck. Luckily for her, she’s not alone. Daniel, the other highlander who’s friends with Alec, had the same order from the king, and so he married Mary, Jamie’s sister. Jamie is sad to leave her family because deep down she knows she’ll never see them again. Her dad (her stepdad really) is sobbing like a baby by the time she leaves with her new husband.
Jamie is the kind of girl who’s always doing stuff for everyone else but never for herself. She doesn’t outright say it, but deep down she wants to be accepted. She’s the youngest in her family, and up until now she’d taken the role of the “oldest”. Well, Alec isn’t about to let her continue doing for him and his people what her dad had her do for him and her stepsisters. I kept thinking Jamie was Cinderella in this story.
There were times I was annoyed by some of the things she did, but then someone pointed out some facts about what life was like in the 1100’s. For this book specifically I rather not think of “facts” when it comes to age, else the story would be completely ruined for me. I’d have a hard time picturing Jamie and Alec in the steamy sex scenes. I prefer to think Jamie was of an acceptable age by the time she married Alec LOL.
If you’ve never read anything by Julie Garwood, this book was a lot of fun. There’s laughter, some intrigue, steamy scenes, and the last scene will make you “aaw”.