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The Gift | [Julie Garwood]

The Gift

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. Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara’s sweet, defiant ways. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion... for all time!
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Judie Finney 07-28-14
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    "Great books!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found this book great entertainment .


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed & cried & got disgusted with the girl.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed all three books connecting this family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book in the Crown Spies Series"
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    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!

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    Elizabeth 04-18-14
    Elizabeth 04-18-14 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "Fun, Romantic, Humorous...GREAT Historical Romance"

    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!!!

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    Victoria Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 02-04-14
    Victoria Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 02-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The lead male character sounded like Voldemort!"
    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Susan Duerden?

    Julie Garwood's historical books are always entertaining but the narration on "The Gift" was so distracting that it ruined the book for me.


    What other book might you compare The Gift to and why?

    "The Bride" also by Julie Garwood, was a better story and far superior narration.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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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    Gayle Faribault, MN 01-12-14
    Gayle Faribault, MN 01-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't put it down"

    Now that I am into this series, I am not getting anything else done because I want to put all the pieces together. Garwood has introduced many characters in this series that I have come to enjoy and want to see what happens to them. I was surprised by the main characters in this one, it's a twist from what I expected, but I was pleased that she created another original miss for the story line. Looking forward to book #4.

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    PattiC2 maine 11-18-13
    PattiC2 maine 11-18-13

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    "Irritating character"

    I would have rated this book higher if it had not been for the main character Sara. She was such a ridiculous, whiny, bossy, foolish character for me that it detracted from the story. She was much too irritating for me. I would have back handed her. Lol. Nathan had the patience of Job. I, on the other hand found her too tedious too like.

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    Angela Rexberg, ID, United States 11-02-13
    Angela Rexberg, ID, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I love Judith's books"
    If you could sum up The Gift in three words, what would they be?

    Well told story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Julie Garwood? Why or why not?

    Yes I have read many of her books, incluing The Bride, Prince Charming, The Secret,just to name a few. I will of course continue to be a fan, but many of Garwoods Heros, and Heroines are very simylor. I have a hard time remembering what charators went with what book.


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Susan Duerden especially for this author. Susan does man voices very well,and is perfect for an angry hero :)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Beware the insane girl.... she may look normal.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes the heroine,........can anyone really be that dumb, and be alive? Come on Miss Garland, I think we need to do better research into survival of the fitest. Other then that it was a very enjoyable book.

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    Jonna 10-19-13
    Jonna 10-19-13

    I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.

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    "Book is more enjoyable if you know the series"

    It took me a while to want to read this book because the description didn't sound interesting, but when you read the series from the beginning (and the 1st and 2nd books are the stronger ones) then you just have to read the rest of the books because you know the characters now and so you have more of the backstory. By the time I got to this book after 1 and 2 there was no doubt I would spend the credit, and it was worth it.

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    Kimberly 10-01-13
    Kimberly 10-01-13 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Annoying Gift"

    I was so annoyed with the Sarah character in this book I almost quit listening. Sarah is so stupid it is amazing she lived as long as she had. She keeps referring to the pirates as "her staff" and completely unable to understand anything she didn't want to - and the stupid parasols!!

    Nathan is much more damaged than the previous book eluded too. I could not see them as a couple at all. He didn't want a wife, he wanted a robot with all the right parts.

    This is the first JG book I actually got annoyed with. For $10 not so much, if it were $3 - maybe - but certainly not worth a credit.

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    Muriel M. Caracoglia LAWRENCE, MA, US 09-02-13
    Muriel M. Caracoglia LAWRENCE, MA, US 09-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I really enjoyed this book it was very interested."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gift to be better than the print version?

    I believe very much so


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration was very good and understandable


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    she was really superb


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes but I sure tried to listen every free moment I can spare in order to finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It was so well done - the story was really great and got my interest throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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