The Secret

by Julie Garwood

Pocket Books | January 31, 1999 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Secret is rated 4.91666666666667 out of 5 by 12.
Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another, private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.
In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain's searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan...not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves!

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.07 in

Published: January 31, 1999

Publisher: Pocket Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671744216

ISBN - 13: 9780671744212

Found in: Historical

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret I wasn't expecting much from this book but I was pleasantly surprised! The story line & the heroine were strong and the alpha male didn't turn into a blubbering romantic mess once they got together. The fact that there was a storyline beyond just the relationship between the two of them was refreshing. Girl power & womens rights were in the air towards the end but not in an annoying overpowering way. A great read easy to get lost in.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic romance This is one of my very favorites! Don't miss The Secret; it is full of friendships that change your lives and deep, abiding love.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Worth buying and reading ...interesting couples...
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read Delightful story of love and trust developed on several levels. I love a heroine who has fears, but puts them aside in times of crisis.
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my most loved books.... The Secret is so fun and exciting. You feel and understand what the characters are thinking. The banter between the characters pulls you in. A must read.
Date published: 2013-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my most loved books.... The Secret is so fun and exciting. You feel and understand what the characters are thinking. The banter between the characters pulls you in. A must read.
Date published: 2013-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Got this book in paper back and now on phone and read it like I never read it before. Its that good!
Date published: 2013-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The secret Love anything Julie Garwood writes!!!
Date published: 2013-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best ever! I like this book so so so much! Nice story, amazing, nice characters, brave, funny, so romantic, simply the best!!!!! This book definitely made Garwood my favorite writer! Read it you will certainly won't regret it!
Date published: 2013-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "the Best" I'm with you I have also read all of Ms. Garwood's books and mabey because The Secret was the first one I read it will always be my favorite. I have lots of novels by all different authors, but Julie's books I can pick up again and again and read from cover to cover. Julie Garwood is truly a gifted writer. Thank you for giving me hours of enjoyment.
Date published: 2006-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret I was truly taken back to the 12th century. Judith Elizabeth is an honest and loving women to both her husband and her stepson, I was completly moved.
Date published: 1999-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Garwood's #1 in my book! I've read every romance novel Julie Garwood has written up to this date and I have to say that "The Secret" is my favorite of the bunch. I'm sure I'll have trouble expressing myself here, but I've read this book over 20 times and I still read every word from cover to cover. I love how she makes her FERMALE characters the heros and has them rescue the "big strong MAN" once in a while. Her historicals are by far the ones I enjoy the most, but her tale of friendship, companionship and loyality from this novel will get you every time.
Date published: 1999-05-01

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The Secret

The Secret

by Julie Garwood

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.07 in

Published: January 31, 1999

Publisher: Pocket Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671744216

ISBN - 13: 9780671744212

Read from the Book

From Chapter One Iain Maitland was a mean son of a bitch when he was riled. He was riled now. The black mood came over him the minute his brother Patrick told him about the promise he'd given his sweet wife, Frances Catherine. If Patrick had wanted to surprise his brother, he'd certainly accomplished that goal. His explanation had rendered Iain speechless. The condition didn't last long. Anger quickly took over. In truth, the ridiculous promise his brother had given his wife wasn't nearly as infuriating to Iain as the fact that Patrick had called the council together to render their official opinion on the matter. Iain would have stopped his brother from involving the elders in what he considered to be a private, family matter, but he'd been away from the holding at the time, hunting down the Maclean bastards who'd waylaid three unseasoned Maitland warriors, and when he'd returned home, weary but victorious, the deed had already been done. Leave it to Patrick to take a simple issue and complicate the hell out of it. It was apparent he hadn't consider any of the ramifications of his rash behavior. Iain, as the newly appointed laird over the clan, would now be expected to put his duties to his immediate family aside, his loyalty, too, and act solely as the council's advisor. He wasn't about to meet those expectations, of course. He would stand beside his brother no matter how much opposition came from the elders. He wouldn't allow Patrick to be punished, either. And if need be
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From the Publisher

Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another, private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.
In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain's searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan...not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves!

About the Author

Julie Garwood has enchanted readers since her first

novel was published in 1985; today there more than

thirteen million copies of her books in print. The

Wedding was a New York Times bestseller, along with

ten of her previous novels: The Bride, Guardian Angel,

Honor's Splendour, The Gift, The Prize, The Secret,

Castles, Saving Grace, Prince Charming and For the

Roses. Ms. Garwood lives in Leawood, Kansas.

From Our Editors

The author of Guardian Angel offers a novel of passion and romance set in the Scottish Highlands. Proud, beautiful Judith Hampton journeys from her English home to meet the father she has never known. But even her escort, the powerful Laird Iain Maitland, cannot prepare Judith for the truth about her father--and the devastating secret that might change her life forever. Original