Julie Garwood is one of many authors that I’ve stumbled upon on my many trips to Barnes and Noble. She writes both contemporary and historical romances but she is greatly known for her historcal romances because she’s only written a couple of contemporaries. This book is considered by some a continuation of her historical romance Ransom but I think that both books are stand alone because you really don’t need to read one to understand the other. Shadow Music does have the Laird Buchanan in a couple of scenes but he isn’t mentioned all that much that you would need to read Ransom to understand his part in this novel.
I loved reading this novel because I read about familiar characters such as the Laird Buchanan but I also love the new characters in this book. I thought that Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel’s past ancestors mysterious treasure was very interesting and it had me also thinking of what happen to all the gold that the King of St. Biel had melted down. Throughout the book Gabrielle and Laird Colm MacHugh had a very difficult journey to go through in order to find their own happy ending but it was a fun journey to read. I loved reading this book and I have to say that the ending was something that I really didn’t see coming but I really enjoyed it and wasn’t disappointed. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
SHADOW MUSIC $ 25.95 (339 Pages)
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 her heart is safe.