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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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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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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-14-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2010

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    "A RIOTOUS REGENCY ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS"

    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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 11-26-13
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Funny moments but not much substance!!!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 09-27-13
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2012

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "Romance on the High Seas"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 06-02-14
    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "Very Entertaining!!!"
    If you could sum up The Gift in three words, what would they be?

    Funny! Entertaining! Exciting!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sara was so cute! I loved her character. Nate was good too! A totally a manly man!


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - Loved it!


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

    The same. It would be a good movie


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Skipper 01-19-14
    Skipper 01-19-14

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    "Narrator Ruined It"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dyane SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL, United States 07-19-13
    Dyane SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Really enjoyed this book"
    Any additional comments?

    With a book by Julie Garwood plus narrated by Susan Duerden I knew I would love it!
    I wasn't disappointed at all!!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 07-17-13
    Judith 07-17-13

    I enjoy fantasy, romance, westerns, mysteries and classics... street signs, billboards, t-shirts... Audible is perfect for me.

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    "I don't remember so much whispering"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    The other books in the series. I will still get "The Lyon's Lady" even if it has the same narrator.


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

    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....


    Did The Gift inspire you to do anything?

    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


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-06-13
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-06-13
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    "Can't wait for the next one"

    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.

    1 of 1 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 2011

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    anne Mililani, HI, United States 09-28-14
    anne Mililani, HI, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2011
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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