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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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    Angela Rexberg, ID, United States 11-02-13
    Angela Rexberg, ID, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2007

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LAWRENCE, MA, US 09-02-13
    Amazon Customer LAWRENCE, MA, US 09-02-13 Member Since 2015
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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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    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 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 08-05-13
    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2009
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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.

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    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 07-28-13
    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of my favorites!"

    There's nothing to complain about with this one. I actually laughed out loud a lot, cried a bit, got mad as hell, and then laughed some more.

    Wonderful story, great narrator.

    CREDITWORTHY? : YES! YES! YESSSSSS!!

    HEAT FACTOR? : OUCH! As in scalding.....

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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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