Alec Kincaid is ordered by his king to marry one of Baron Jamison's daughters. When he sees Jamie, he knows that he must have her and he is intrigued by her beauty and the desire to tame her. Jamie is leery of the large Scottish laird, though not intimidated by him.
Alec is sure that he can bend Jamie to his will, that she will be a good, dutiful wife. Jamie believes that she and Alec can live a life of companionship and equality. Together they uncover the murderer of his first wife and find a lasting love of each other.
THE BRIDE is one of my all-time favorite novels. I can read this book over and over again. Julie Garwood creates characters you love and want to continue to re-visit. Alec and Jamie are both hard-headed, each sure to get their own way, though they were smart enough to concede when the other's idea would work best, usually.
One of my favorite characteristics of Ms. Garwood's work, is that she creates a wonderful story without the big misunderstanding or a heroine that has any "to stupid to live" moments. She is an author that I will return to again and again, to re-read the works currently in my library and to purchase her new books. To find out more about Julie Garwood, and her books, you can visit her on the web at: www.juliegarwood.com.
If you haven't read this novel, which really put Garwood on the bestselling map, then you're in for a treat! By law, the Scotsman Alec Kincaid has to take an English bride. The young laird decides that Jamie, an English rose, will be his wife, but she has no intention of marrying an enemy from the Highlands. This is Garwood at her best, and a jewel in the romance pantheon.