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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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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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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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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.

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  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 08-11-13

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.

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  • Sherri
  • Portsmouth, VA, United States
  • 08-07-13

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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  • Elaine
  • Albemarle, NC, United States
  • 08-04-13

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

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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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.

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I light romance.

The narrator was excellent. The story was a little too predictable. A good light enjoyment. Not one of my gar wood favorites.

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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.)

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