The New York Times best-selling author of Ransom weaves the delightful, sensual story of two lovers destined for high adventure and blissful rapture!
A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Charmingly innocent, she dismissed the ancient feud that divided Nathan's family from her own.. .and she was totally unaware of his past exploits as the notorious pirate, Pagan. The man who now stood before her was perplexing, arrogant and powerfully handsome... a warrior-gentleman whose gentle touch aroused her to the wildest, deepest pleasures of love.
Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara’s sweet, defiant ways. Aboard his ship, The Seahawk, she was brave, imperious and determined to win his heart completely - yet upon their return to England, her love would be sorely tested as a vile conspiracy tried to tear them apart. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion... for all time!
©1991 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is book 3 in JG's fantastic series The Crown Spies and, as usual, she delivers her winning formula for us Historical Romance lovers to suck up, revel in and enjoy in a storyline that includes adventure, fun, romance, sex, thrills, laughs, intrigue and of course, likeable H/H's who's endings are always tender, inevitable and predictable but it's the journey we all love to hear about and share in.
Nathan and Sara's story was filled with entertaining characters who are involved in a hilarious lol story that'll have people scowling and looking at you believing you've gone totally mad (but hey who cares). Nathan is handsome, arrogant, possessive, dominant, protective to loved ones and he growls and scowls at everybody especially when he captures Sara, his childhood bride, as he is finally ready to fulfil a bargain made years earlier and needs to both consummate and procreate to seal the deal. Sara, a delicate beauty who's naive, quirky, trusting, giving and loving but is also prone to screaming and crying...... and she's just the remedy Nathan doesn't realise he needs to break down the walls surrounding his heart.
Great secondary characters who help to make this one of the best in the series and I'm soooo looking forward to book 4 Castles which is Sir Colin's story - so please please Audible keep your listeners happy and add it soon.
Could easily be a stand alone listen but it does mention characters from previous books.
Worth a credit? It's definitely creditworthy, especially for the 12 and a half hours of listening pleasure it gives you, but it's an unbelievable bargain at under $10 - so save your credits for a more expensive, but maybe not a more worthy or enjoyable, listen.
I really enjoyed the book when I read it, but the narrator gives every male character a harsh whispery tone that really turned me off. Ugh.
The book was not as great as I had hoped. The heroin seemed simple minded and naive. She had a good heart and beauty but that's it. A bit disappointing so I can not recommend this book unless if you are willing to listen through this for the few funny moments here and there.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
The Gift, by Julie Garwood, is the wonderfully, romantic story of Nathan, the Marquess of St. James, and Sara Winchester. I enjoyed this book, as narrated by Susan Duerden, and found it to be an absolutely captivating third installment to JG’s: Crown Spies Series.
Sara is young, and a romantic, at heart. Those of us who love a great romantic tale will fall in love with her and be able to relate to her “rose-colored-glasses” view of the world, where she wants to believe she lives.
Nathan, of course, on the other hand is a strong, possessive, warrior of few words; making them perfectly entertaining characters, involved in a funny, adventure.
Definitely Credit Worthy!
With a book by Julie Garwood plus narrated by Susan Duerden I knew I would love it!
I wasn't disappointed at all!!!!!!
I enjoy fantasy, romance, westerns, mysteries and classics... street signs, billboards, t-shirts... Audible is perfect for me.
Kinda 50/50 I read the book before and J. Garwood has been a favorite author for a number of years But the narration had me cringing every time I heard a "whisper" The by play between the characters has always been good but I kinda wish I could comfortably read some books myself instead of listening.
The other books in the series. I will still get "The Lyon's Lady" even if it has the same narrator.
The 'whispering' raspy drawn out. Probably trying for sensual but falling short. I don't remember so much whispering when I first read the book. Please Ms Duerden try something else when narrating. Perhaps there should be two narrators, one for male characters and one for female....
cringe. The by play still had me laughing " .. he calls me Damnit Sara ... " I was waiting for that part in the story and wasn't disappointed in that
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read the previous one and found this one very interesitng and it held my interest as well. I look forward to the next one.
This is my least favorite of the Crown Spies Series. The story is just as great as the others but I wish the heroine in this story was less…annoying? She is annoyingly child-like and naïve. You can’t leave her alone – when she tries to be independent, she becomes a nuisance. I do have to admit, it makes for a great storyline. I love how the crew has this love hate relationship between her and her “lovely parasols!” Everything you don’t want on a ship abroad happened and it all started with her. If I were part of the crew, I would be absolutely miserable! Food poisoning, fires, ship damages, and unforeseen extensions to an already long journey really brings the story together.
The characters within this story are very enjoyable. Though I find Sara to be very annoying, I do enjoy reading how sweet Nathan is to her. When she is so completely doubled over in pain from her monthly, Nathan is so clueless on how to help her. It’s the sweetest thing for him to go to her Aunt to find out how to make it better for Sara. I think that saves the whole story – well, that and the plague-like accidents Sara seems to leave in her trail.
The narration…are there words to describe it? I would like to say, first, that the voices of the different characters are actually pretty great. There are a few men’s voices, though, that sounds like harsh grating whispers – I could do without that. Also, there is a rhythm to her narration and it is repetitive. So much so, that it took a lot out of me just to finish the story. To me, it was quite like listening to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” throughout the entirety of the book. No bueno!
Overall, the two things I found to be annoying in the story is minor. I honestly think I’m being picky. But we like what we like right? I absolutely loved the storyline. I love the characters. I’m on the fence about the narration. Though she does better during this story than the others, I still was able to enjoy the story. I probably won’t recommend this audiobook to anyone but the book itself is a great read!
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
Another great installment of The Crown Spies series by Julie Garwood.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book mainly because of the character development and the characters interactions with each other. From the most important characters all the way down to the secondary and tertiary characters in the book - just all so well written ad developed you can't help but enjoy every minute of this book!
Garwood just has a way of writing superb dialogue.
I didn't think The Gift was quite as good as the second book but its probably on par with the first book in my opinion. which is great. There wasn't quite as detailed and mysterious of a plot like in the second book but it still held my attention from beginning to end.
Susan Duerden is still a masterful narrator in this installment. She is one of the best.
YES! Credit Worthy!!!
Julie Garwood's historical books are always entertaining but the narration on "The Gift" was so distracting that it ruined the book for me.
"The Bride" also by Julie Garwood, was a better story and far superior narration.
There were two major problems with the performance. First, the lead male character sounded like Voldemort most of the time. There was a wheezy hissing quality that didn't sound anything like the masculine voice one would expect from a leading male in a romantic novel.
The other issue was that almost every non-dialog sentence was repeated in the same sing-song cadence every single time, regardless of appropriate tone (comedic, dramatic, etc). This made long stretches of text without dialog monotonous in their constant sing-song manner.
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