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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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    Bunmi 01-14-15
    Bunmi 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"

    I love Susan Duerden's reading. I liked this story but now, I love it. Simply brilliant.

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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 10-02-14
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 10-02-14 Member Since 2011

    Home is where my books are.

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    "Hilariously entertaining!"

    I was in need of an uplifting tale when I picked this one up -- (we're in the middle of moving -- aaarrghhh!) -- so I was more than a little delighted with the silliness and high jinks in this adorable story.

    Sara is a diehard idealist, and she's been in love with her husband since she was four years old. She's always known he would be perfect, so despite ample evidence to the contrary, her rose colored glasses stay firmly in place throughout their adventure.

    Nathan hasn't seen Sara since the day of their marriage when he was 14 years old, and held the crying girl child in his arms, but he sets out years later to kidnap her and complete their marriage bond so that he can inherit a gift from the King. Then he's going to give her back to her family. Or at least that was his plan.

    Nathan is as acerbic as Sara is sweet, and together they make an awesome counterpoint.

    Sweet, sexy and so funny, this is a story to pick up when you need to giggle.

    I loved it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-29-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-29-14 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "The Romantic meets the Cynic."

    One of my favorite books as a teenager. Yes, Sara is a naïve girl, but she is so good natured and makes me laugh at her antics you gotta love her. Sometimes you don't always want to read the same type of character in books and Sara is different. To me this a warm hearted romance and if you are looking for a light adventure this could be for you. Of course this is the third book in the series so you may want to read the other two books first, but I think it can be read as a stand alone. Narrator is okay, I will admit she is not my favorite but she does a better job in this book than the last two book in the series.

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    anne Mililani, HI, United States 09-28-14
    anne Mililani, HI, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "CUTE COUPLE"

    The lovers in this story are very cute. Their marriage is arranged as children and when they finally meet as adults, their attraction to each other is undeniable. She is such a klutz, but so well intentioned that he forgives her every time she brings about one catastrophe after another. They are the embodiment of opposites attracting.

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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.

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    Amazon Customer 04-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book in the Crown Spies Series"
    Any additional comments?

    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 2012
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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 2015
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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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    MaineOne maine 11-18-13
    MaineOne 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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