Posted by: Jennifer | January 27, 2007

The Bride – Julie Garwood

Julie Garwood. The Bride. (New York: Pocket Books, 1989). 0671737791.

Main Characters: Alec Kincaid and Jamie.

Related Works: Both Alec Kincaid and Jamie appear in The Wedding. Alec raised Connor MacAlister after the loss of his father.

Description from the book:

By edict of the King, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie, youngest daughter of Baron Jamison . . . a feisty, violet-eyed beauty. Alex ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess 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 Kincaid’s scorching kisses fired her blood, she brazenly resisted him . . . until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills, and something far more dangerous than desire threatened to conquer her senses . . .

My Thoughts:

I love the characters of Jamie and Alec – although her family is irritating beyond belief. The story is much better once Alec and Jamie arrive at his holding – and Daniel and Mary have returned to their home. I laugh myself silly when Jamie continuously pays Father Murdock in order to buy indulgences for her sin-ridden husband. The fact that Father Murdock simply returns the coins to the chest above the mantel every night is even more comical. I’m not entirely sure what value the whole Annie-killed-Alec’s-first-wife story line is. The passages in italics where Annie talks about having killed Helena and planning to kill Jamie are disturbing and eerie. In rereading The Bride, I generally skip over those parts.

Read again: January 27, 2007.


  1. what color is Jamies hair?

  2. This was the first Julie Garwood story I read and remains by far my favourite. I found Jamie very annoying, she talked to much nonsense and thought to much nonsense, but Alec Kincaid is a man’s man and make the perfect authoritative chieftain and a definite dreamy hero

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