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Shadow Music: A Novel by Julie Garwood
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Title:Shadow Music: A Novel
Authors:Julie Garwood
Info:Ballantine Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
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Messy

I feel like this story was rushed. I keep comparing it to Ransom and it just doesn’t seem like it was the same author that wrote it. I had to finish it since I started it 😂 ( )
  pistachioph | Aug 25, 2018 |
Many fans of Julie Garwood are probably overjoyed that she has returned to historical romance - no one does it better. Described as "exquisitely beautiful." Princess Gabrielle is certainly worth more than a trade, but that's what King John uses her for in an attempt to make peace in the Highlands. He offers her in marriage to a Scottish laird.

The journey to meet her laird is not an easy one as she and her escorts come upon a dreadful sight - some thieves are attempting to bury a man alive. Gabrielle to the rescue! She saves the man's life and chases off the despicable brutes. A short while later r husband-to-be is murdered, and she is banished.

Banishment is not so bad after all when she is taken in by Colm MacHugh. As is said, "the path of true love never runs smooth," so it's a rocky road rutted with considerable danger for Gabrielle and Colm. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Again, another great story by Julie Garwood.

Princess Gabrielle of Saint Biel, daughter of one powerful English baron and cousin by marriage of Brodick Buchanan (see book II), is the perfect "coin" to establish peace between England and Scotland but her beauty turns some heads, especially two English barons that stopped at nothing to have her and the treasure she carries with her.
Pledge to an old laird, Gabrielle comes to Scotland to wed but on the journey she kills a man, protects another and finds herself outcast and without a home. All this is witnessed by Colm MacHugh and Brodick that decided that Gabrielle should marry Colm, not only for her protection but also to pay a debt but soon they found out that Gabrielle is not what she appears to be. Opinionated, free, smart and sassy, Gabrielle turns Colm head and life upside down, making him attracted to her.
Together they need to clean her name and replace the truth.

Colm is a warrior: brave, strong, smart and hardheaded. He doesn't want to like Gabrielle because he thinks she has the power to make him vulnerable. Still, the way she carries herself, strong and confident, is what draws him to her. I loved the way they circled each other and how they behaved together.
I like the way Julie Garwood mingles romance with action and humor. It's definitely a book that I recommend to everyone who likes Highlanders. ( )
  Lost_Lenore | Jun 1, 2013 |
I can't say I really liked the story, but I didn't exactly hate it either. I really liked the prologue and thought there was great potential. However, after the prologue the plot is slow to develop. It never really picked up.

The heroine was okay. Garwood's heroines are usually headstrong. It seems like Garwood wanted Gabrielle to come off as headstrong and independent, but she fell short. In the beginning she is a strong character and then she starts running away to daddy. It was a disappointment since I liked Garwood's other heroines.

The hero, Colm MacHugh, was another disappointment. At times he came off as an ox and then other times he was a coward. He stayed away from Gabrielle for a good chunk of the story for fear of showing his true feelings. When he did finally show his feelings he came off as a brute. He was not endearing or warm at all. This was a big disappointment for me considering that this is a romance novel and there was barely any romance.

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  Jaguar897 | Mar 31, 2013 |
In the time of King John, after the Crusades, Gabrielle is destined to be a political bargaining chip. She and her trusted guards also secretly rescues Liam MacHugh from a plot to kill him and use him as bait for his brother, Colm. She is drawn into an intrigue and falsely accused of being unchaste. To protect Gabrielle from the barons who are plotting to kidnap her, her cousin by marriage, Brodick Buchanan, convinces his friend Colm MacHugh to marry her. Colm and Gabrielle of course clash wills a bit, and Colm finally learns that the arrow that saved his brother's life was Gabrielle's, not any of her guards'. The story uncovers who was plotting with whom and why. An enjoyable and light story.
  dolphari | Oct 26, 2010 |
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Prized for her exquisite beauty, Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel, the daughter of one of England's most influential barons, is a perfect bargaining chip for a king who needs peace in the Highlands: King John has arranged Gabrielle's marriage to a good and gentle laird. But this marriage will never take place.

Upon her arrival in Scotland, Gabrielle is immediately entangled in Highland intrigue, as a battle royal flares between enemies old and new. For two sadistic noblemen, underestimating Gabrielle's bravery and prowess may prove fatal. Colm MacHugh, the most feared man in Scotland, makes no such mistakes about the captivating princess. Under his penetrating gaze, neither Gabrielle's body nor her heart is safe.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345500741, Mass Market Paperback)

Throughout her acclaimed writing career, Julie Garwood has captivated readers with characters who are compelling, daring, and bursting with life. Now one of the most popular novelists of our time proudly returns to her beloved historical romance roots–in a thrilling tale of love, murder, adventure, and mystery set against the haunting landscape of medieval Scotland.

For Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel, Scotland is a land of stunning vistas, wild chieftains, treacherous glens, and steep shadows–skullduggery, betrayal, and now murder. Prized for her exquisite beauty, the daughter of one of England’s most influential barons, Gabrielle is also a perfect bargaining chip for a king who needs peace in the Highlands: King John has arranged Gabrielle’s marriage to a good and gentle laird. But this marriage will never take place.

For Gabrielle, everything changes in one last burst of freedom–when she and her guards come upon a scene of unimaginable cruelty. With one shot from her bow and arrow, Gabrielle takes a life, saves a life, and begins a war.

Within days, the Highlands are aflame with passions as a battle royal flares between enemies old and new. Having come to Scotland to be married, Gabrielle is instead entangled in Highland intrigue. For two sadistic noblemen, underestimating Gabrielle’s bravery and prowess may prove fatal. But thanks to a secret Gabrielle possesses, Colm MacHugh, the most feared man in Scotland, finds a new cause for courage. Under his penetrating gaze, neither Gabrielle’s body nor heart is safe.

A gripping novel that delves into the heart of emotions–unyielding passions of love, hate, revenge, and raw desire–Shadow Music is magnificent gift from Julie Garwood and a crowning achievement in her amazing career.


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Betrothed to a stranger by King John, Gabrielle, the last of her royal line, is in possession of a powerful secret that could plunge the entire highland Scottish kingdom into anarchy, while her growing love for warrior Colm MacHugh could cost her everything.… (more)

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