I really really wanted a good love story to ready before I start off on some serious ones or continue with the ones that I have left partially and every time I need such a story, I invariably choose historical romance. There is a sort of charm and warmth in it. That is how I chose Julie Garwood’s Ransom.
In addition to it, it has not one but two love stories, even though the second one is only a small part of it, a love story it is. The story is about two sisters, who get separated, one is held by the captor and the other is taken over Highlands (yeah, its a Scottish story) and brought up there. The little sister, who is captivated is brought up by her Uncle in a different place, only to be summoned after 15 years, to go and get her elder sister who is part of a clan in the Highlands and to retrieve the treasure of the King that was long ago given to her sister for safeguarding. How she meets Brodick and whether she meets her sister, what happens to the treasure…all these form the story. I like my heroines feisty and strong and a little brattish. And that is exactly Gillian is. She also endures a lot physically too, which makes her lovable in the eyes of Brodick, the Laird of the Buchanans. Even though they have an attraction towards each other from their first sight, their love for each other grows slowly. Brodick is sometimes very daft, even though it is charming at times, at times its frustrating like it does Gillian. Her affection towards Alec is very sweet. Sometimes kids forms bonds so quick and so strong, its surprising. And yes, their questions… my god… Alec is like a typical 5 year old. Asking question even before you end the answer of the previous one. That was very sweet, especially when he tries to look out for her. But sadly their association is not portrayed in later scenes because she is concentrating on her sister and the traitor. The identity of the traitor is revealed much earlier. It is very easy to guess based on the reactions of Gideon. On a side track you have Ramsey and Bridgid’s love story, where Ramsey is the Sinclair’s Laird.
The only non cliched part of it was the coming together of the sisters. It was more practical and sensible and felt refreshing not to have them identify each other and throw themselves in each others arms. Obviously they wouldn’t know each other after all these years.
It was definitely a very good read because I rarely realized the time (around midnight) when I finished it and felt very peaceful and calm after reading it. A beautiful love story. I really love happy endings.