Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Secret

Book: The Secret (Highlands’ Lairds #1)
Author: Julie Garwood

Summary:  Frances Catherine Maitland is pregnant and is wanting her friend to attend her labor. However Frances is in Scotland and her friend Lady Judith lives in England. Judith has been preparing for the labor of her friend and is more than willing to leave her childhood home and with a secret mission which is to find her father that she has never met.  Frances’s brother-in-law and laird Iain Maitland goes to England to bring Judith but he gets more than be bargains for and is strangely attracted to her. Everything changes when he sees her necklace and recognizes its importance. 

Review:  I Love, love, love Julie Garwood. If you like historical romance you will love her as an author and like this book. Not only does the plot line flow very smoothly, but there are so many scenes that are hilarious and will have you laughing out loud. The relationship that builds between Judith and Iain is worth reading about and will keep you on your toes. You will also learn about a lot of secondary characters who will later be in other books!

5 out of 5 stars.

Maggie's Dad

Book: Maggie’s Dad
Author: Diana Palmer

Summary:   Long ago Powell Long and Antonia Haye were engaged and in love, when suddenly they were ripped apart by lies. Antonia left the city and Powell married another and fathered a child that he didn’t believe was actually his. Years later a sick Antonia comes back to teach and ends up having Powell’s child in her class. The two adults fuss and fight with each other, they go through more lies, doctor visits and sick family members before they are able to figure out what truthfully happened so many years ago. 

Review: This is a classic Diana Palmer story, with heartache, distrust, lies and age gaps. I am a huge fan of Diana Palmer, but this was not one of my favorites. Powell was behind rude and hurtful multiple times to Antonia, to the point where she just needed to move on, because someone can only take so much hurt before losing it. I was not a fan of Powell at all, he also was not very nice to his daughter, and even if he didn’t think she was his he should have still done more to protect her.   This wasn’t one of my favorite Diana Palmer stories, but by far not one of the worst that I have read.

3.5 stars out of 5