This was the first Julie Garwood novel I have read, and I'm glad I still picked up another one after this because it would have been a pity to write off ulie Garwood because of this one novel.
I've picked up The Bride because of all the wonderful praises here at Amazon and because I love Highlander romances. But while reading this novel I kept asking myself if all the other persons have read the same book I was, because I didn't like it that much (or maybe they like it so much because they haven't been spoiled by superior novels..), anyway I have read far better Scottish romances, even from Julie Garwood (The Secret and The wedding come at mind instantly, both are way better than The Bride).
What I didn't like in this novel was mostly Jamie. She wasn't a very likeable heroine, she just irritated me.
The characterisations were shallow, ridiculous, the whole story and the characters were full of clichés, the turns were tiring and eye-rolling. Brr.. and I can say this seriously after reading 4 other Scottish romances from Julie Garwood, I don't see why people are so fond of The Bride when it is so inferior to her other ones. What I think is one of Garwood's best traits and her strength is the way she shows the relationships (between parents and children, sisters-brothers, friends and lovers) in such details, but not here: here she kept them shallow and lacking, they were so one dimensional and unsatisfying.
If you'd like a light, funny romantic read try rather The Secret or The Wedding, and don't bother with this one.