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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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    Genie Atlanta, GA, United States 08-11-13
    Genie Atlanta, GA, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Romance Novel"
    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Susan Duerden?

    If this novel is indicative of her books I would not.


    What was most disappointing about Julie Garwood’s story?

    This is just an average Romance Novel. There is no depth to the story or characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think she did the best she could with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in a mind numbing listening experience this is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri Portsmouth, VA, United States 08-07-13
    Sherri Portsmouth, VA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Yuck!"

    Sara (the main female character) is a total twit. Someone should have thrown her overboard. I couldn't finish the book.

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    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 08-05-13
    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Who wrote this...what did they do with Ms Garwood?"
    What could Julie Garwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was a really weak story. There were too many subplots and side characters that I'm sure were supposed to lend to the story but they really just weakened it. The author could have removed 3 or 4 of the subplots and ended up with a much better book.I was really disappointed. I recommended this book to my reading buddy because I knew the narrator and a Julie Garwood is generally a pretty pleasant read. The story line seemed original. We both really tried to like this book but just finished it feeling very let down.I just kept waiting for something to happen and it never really did. Right up to the end everything and I mean everything got resolved in the last few minutes of the book. It was too much to resolve in such a short time and she gave the reader way too little reward after we had hung on for sooooo long!!


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    The narrator does voices well so you can keep up with who is speaking in the book. That's really important as the listener. Sometimes her 'guy' voice for Nathan just made him sound sort of leering. I will definitely look for more books to listen to with her as the narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think Nathan and Sara were quite loveable. Sara is a bit air headed and naïve but Ms. Garwood does her in a believable and likeable way. Too bad she cluttered up their sweet love story with a bunch of plot distractions. I definitely caught myself smiling over some of Sara's silly antics.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let this turn you off of Julie Garwood. I've liked a lot of her books and always thought her character development was her strength. I own several that I have really enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 08-04-13
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "Funny book!"

    Total entertainment in this historical romance. Too serious and cynical hero meets very determined and somewhat flighty heroine. But she loves him and he cannot resist. You will laugh out loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 07-28-13
    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A gift for the reader.... and most beloved too!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It didn't take long for this book to reach the top of my listen again (and maybe again...) list. I can confidently advise you to use that credit and enjoy this enchanting book, it's my favorite Garwood book yet. I have listened to and/or read hundreds of romance novels and generally have viewed them as soft hearted fluff or action packed drama... I have to say that the gift was so carefully balanced between the two that I found myself waiting for the story to dive either one way or the other right up to the end, which just addef to the fabulousness of the book.While listening to this book every time my husband caught me listening he said I was smiling if not actually laughing aloud. I truly enjoyed every moment! It's the only book I've ever wanted to force my husband to listen to. Susan Duerden was fabulous! The characters were distinct to the point that I utterly forgot that one person was narrating the book. She delivered their personalities so wonderfully that every facet was intriguingly evident without it being thrown in your face. I wish I couldgive her more then 5 stars. The book Iitself needs more than 5!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gift?

    It is difficult to choose a singular memorable moment since I was enchanted from the beginning to the end of the book. I suspect that the moments that included the words "dammit Sarah" were consistently memorable. Looking back I can literally 'see' so many great momentss that picking just one is fairly impossible.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It would be virtually impossible to choose a favorite scene. And I refuse to give spoilers. The scene in the beginning with four year old Sarah proved to be very memorable as it was the premise that drove the story and was referred back to enough that that visual in such poignant clarity was a treasure to have 'seen'.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found that humor, almost unintentionally, was so enjoyable that I am still smiling. Of course the end...almost the end that is... was heart thumpingly moving.


    Any additional comments?

    With all my mentions of the enjoyable humor in this book I think perhaps I've left you with the impression that it lacks the meat and bones that fuel the dramatic side of the plot. There were moments of abuse and violence that gave the humor a mirror of emotion. And while I may have smiled thru most of the listen I also got angry, teared up, and held my breath.

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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 10-02-14
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 10-02-14 Member Since 2009

    Books are better than TV -- Except for Outlander. That rocks!

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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George's Girl West [by God] Virginia, USA 07-26-13
    George's Girl West [by God] Virginia, USA 07-26-13 Member Since 2008

    happily ever afters

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    "Excellent story, but points off for narration."
    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Susan Duerden?

    Julie Garwood is one of my favorite writers so that's a given. I'd never willingly purchase a book because Susan Duerden is the narrator, as I do with other readers. However, if the story is a long time favorite, that might sway me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sara is such a hoot without trying to be you can't help but laugh. While aboard her husband's ship, which she calls a boat, newly married Lady Sara refers to Nathan's men as her staff and bends over backwards to gain their respect and approval. Inside two weeks, the lot of superstitious men are wearing cloves of garlic around their necks to ward off all the mayhem she accidentally causes. And Nathan bellows "Dammit Sara" so often she begins to think it's her new name.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

    Based on her reviews Susan has a healthy fan base, unfortunately, I'm not one of them. All her female leads either shriek or sound childish and the hero's are darn near laughable. Susan attempts to deepen her voice for the hero but also lowers the volume too. Would you follow leader into battle who doesn't sound capable of herding sheep?The truly maddening thing is I like her natural voice that she reserves strickly for the third person narrator's point of view.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A better narrator would have put the cherry on the top to a fabulous story.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to applaude Audible for gaining access the other Garwood early career favorites, but seriously have to question somebody's judgement when it comes to narrators. Why not leave well enough alone and stick with the original readers? I own the following books in original cassette form and for years have hoped someone would rerelease them because who in the heck uses cassette tapes anymore. These recordings are far superior to other editions added over the past year. Now I'm painstakingly transferring them to CDs before the tapes wear out and break. I wish listeners had the opportunity to hear these versions because they're missing out.By Author Julie Garwood:The Bride read by Martha Harmon PardeeThe Guardian Angel read by Mitzy FreelanderThe Prize read by Carol Jordan StewartRansom read by Paula ParkerThe Wedding read by Steven CrossleyThe Secret read by Jill Ferris (Jill Tanner also released a version of this that is nearly as entertaining.)

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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