Title: The Bride
Author: Julie Garwood
Published: June 2011 by Penguin Group
The year is 1102. Alec Kincaid, a widow and a Scotsman, is told by his king that he must pick a wife from a certain English family. To Alec, this is not a big deal, for he sees a wife as nothing more than an accessory and something that he won’t give much thought to.
It is a much different story for Jamie’s family. Her three sisters are in an uproar when they learn that because their father did not pay his taxes, their king told him that two of his daughters are to be married to two Scotsmen. What’s worse is that there is an awful rumor attached to Alec Kincaid, that he killed his previous wife.
Jamie is the only sister with a level head on her shoulders, and she is also the sister that Alec picks. They are married and start to travel to Scotland that very day; talk about no adjustment time, huh? While Alec did not intend to have any feelings for his wife, he finds himself starting to care for her. Will Alec’s clan accept an English woman? Will Jamie be his next victim?
I thought this book was okay. Nothing about it really had me excited. Jamie’s sisters annoyed the hell out of me, but I suppose that was probably the point. All they did was cry and whine and depend on Jamie, who was the youngest. It was a bit ridiculous. Jamie’s character was decent; she wasn’t a complainer at all. She had a good personality, was smart, and she was a healer. Alec’s character was okay; he was the laird of his clan and an expert fighter. He also liked to egg Jamie on to get a rise out of her; it seemed to be his way of flirting.
I just feel like I’ve read similar stories that were much better. It was one of those books that I just wanted to finish so I could move on to the next, but it definitely wasn’t bad enough to stop reading it either. The Bride was an okay book, and for that reason, I rated it a 3.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars