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The Gift (Crown's Spies #3)

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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 ...more
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Published June 7th 2011 by DUTTON ADULT (first published 1991)
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Stacey is Sassy
Jul 31, 2015 Stacey is Sassy rated it it was amazing
The parasols nearly sunk the boat...I mean ship

The Gift by Julie Garwood has always been one of my favourite historical romance novels. I haven't re-read it in years and when friends decided a Julie Garwood buddy read was in order, The Gift was chosen.

We are introduced to Nathan at the age of fourteen and Sara at the age of four. The daft King decided to stop the feuding between each of their families by joining the young couple in marriage. Sara's family are despicable and throughout the story
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Kristen
4 "fun-filled" stars!

I've LOVED listening to this series. The Gift is another charming and delightful book by the very talented Julie Garwood. I can't seem to get enough of this author and that says it all.
Diamond Cowboy
Oct 27, 2015 Diamond Cowboy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gift was a great novel. It is a story of two fuding families and how won four year old girl is betrothed to won eighteen year old boy from the rival family are to put an end to this fight.
The young family grow to trust and love each other. The book was very well written a definite page turner. I would recommend this to people over eighteen because of the violents and explisit descriptions of sex.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Diamond
Dina
May 07, 2010 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about Julie Garwood that I haven't said yet? I just love her writing. I know she's "formulaic" in her characterization of her H/h, but I happen to like her "formula". If it isn't broken, why fix it? :)

The St. Jameses and the Winchesters have been enemies since the middle age, but King George decides to put a stop to their warring by ordering a marriage between Nathan, the young Marquess of St. James, and Sara, the even younger daughter of the Earl of Winchester. Obviously, the gro
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kari
Jun 02, 2010 kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This book is awful. I have read Garwood before and thoroughly enjoyed the tale, but this one has such cardboard characters in search of a plot that I'm surprised I managed to finish plowing through it. Truly terrible and from an author I've enjoyed prior to this.
Sara, the female lead(can't even call this one a heroine) was married at the age of four to the then fourteen year old Nathan in order to settle a centuries old feud between their families. When this story begins it's years later and Nat
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KatieV
Julie Garwood sort of has the same hero and heroine in every book. There are some personality differences, of course, but there is a basic template. That's fine. She found a formula that works and her novels have brought lots of enjoyment to people.

IMHO, this heroine was bit different. She was quirky and idealistic which is typical, but she had no super!MarySue skills. Some may see this is a good and some may see this as bad, but for me, a great deal of the fun of a J.G. heroine is the improbabl
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Sarah
May 31, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I read this book 20 years ago and remember loving it. My perceptions have chanced a bit over the years and while I found this a bit corny and full of clichés, I still had a smile on my face the whole time I read and was a little misty eyed at the end. My findings? A Garwood will never go out of style. It's still a 5 star read :)
Andrea Hussey
Sep 19, 2012 Andrea Hussey rated it did not like it
Julia Garwood has the distinct talent of creating the most unlikeable and annoying female characters on the planet. This girl got on my nerves so much I wanted to scream.

Charmingly innocent? Seriously? That’s what you’re going to call Sara?

Amazingly stupid, astoundingly aggravating, or unbelievably naïve are more apt terms.

The naiveté was supposed to be charming and funny, I’m sure, but it’s not. It’s absolutely the farthest thing from charming and funny as you can possibly get. After they hav
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Lelyana
Jul 21, 2012 Lelyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Pernah denger kan quotes yang bilang kalo kelemahan perempuan itu biasa nya di pakai jadi kekuatannya. Nah kekuatan dari kelemahan itulah yang dimiliki Sara hingga Nathan a.k.a Pagan sang ( mantan )bajak laut yang paling di takuti di laut jadi klepek2 sama Sara yang paling doyan berurai air mata, suka ngatur, sok berwibawa dan polos banget....

Mereka di nikahkan saat Nathan dari keluarga St.James berusia 14 tahun dan Lady Sara dari keluiarga musuh nya saat berusia 4 tahun...oleh Raja George yg s
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Sbyrd
Jun 02, 2015 Sbyrd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Nathan and Sara. They were married very young by a contract by a coo coo for cocoa puffs king who was trying to end a feud between the families of the two children and have peace in his kingdom. They don't see each other again until they are grown and Nathan doesn't want to be in violation of the contract and to get the rewards promised in fulfilling the contract. Sara has grown into a beauty and has made up her life of how wonderful her husband will be and how happy they wi ...more
Jessica
I think my decision to re-read Garwood's historicals starting with the ones I've only read once was not my best idea ever.

I first read this when I was about 18 (the heroine's age) and many years later all I really remembered was not liking Sara as much as I'd liked Jade and Christina. Unfortunately, I now have a clear idea of why that was my only memory: Sara is a sugary mess. She's talked about like she's the cutest, most artlessly charming thing ever, but the way she acts ... I mean the level
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Cynthia
Jul 11, 2010 Cynthia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sara reaches a level of charming stupidity that can only be matched by a slow puppy. The kind that falls over a lot, barks at its reflection, and runs into glass doors. Adorable, but childish and annoying. She also cries at least once a chapter. Seriously.

Nathan's amusing, pirate-y, commanding, and can't understand love (shocking).

It made for an entertaining, exasperating, and cliched story. If you can handle a truly dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks heroine, enjoy a slightly slapstick/absurd humor, and lo
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Macleisha
Mar 15, 2011 Macleisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favourite Julie Garwood book. I remember I was working in a secondhand bookstore, (best job of my life!) I was reading this while waiting for customers to cash out, and I was laughing so hard that when a customer actually did come to me, I could not stop, I actually got really scared that I could not. I had to duck behind the counter while trying to stop laughing with my bewildered customer looking for me. I did manage to control myself eventually and I was afraid to continue reading ...more
Esra
Jul 23, 2016 Esra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sara'nın vukuatları ve Nathan'ın tepkileri çok eğlenceliydi..
Bu serideki kadın karakterlerin hepsi birbirinden manyak! Colin'i ne bekliyor çok merak ediyorum :D
Gamze
Aug 15, 2015 Gamze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3-3,5
Laura V.
Y al tacho van mis fantasías de que Nathan y Colin terminaran juntos..

Se lee, pero no es que entretenga demasiado. Sara es muy inocente en el mal sentido, mete la pata y no se entera, es ingenua pero tampoco que se pase. No me agrada mucho. Parecía una nena, que vivían retándola y cómo no tiene maldad en el cuerpo vive llorando y queriendo agradar.

No me gusta la visión que tenía del matrimonio, eso de la eterna dependencia. Pero me gusta Nathan, solo que no me cierra mucho. Ambos gritaron demasi
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Zumbagirl
4.5 stars
Another very enjoyable read by Ms. Garwood. I loved The Gift! Even though this is a series, I read this one first, out of order, and was okay with that; I didn't get lost but will definitely read the others soon. Our heroine, Sara, and the hero, Nathan, were married very young but have been separated for over ten years - the families are arch enemies and there's a lot of hatred and lies that threaten the peace for these two. Sara is another beautiful, spunky, adorable Jule Garwood heroi
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Nayyab Khan
Nov 06, 2011 Nayyab Khan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-best
fabulous read
Julie Garwood’s crown spies never disappoints.. it’s a beautiful story with such charming characters. Nathan known to have been deprived of a single romantic bone is married to a girl who lives in clouds of romance and daydreams .. Their differences makes their relationship utmost magical . TO Most of the lot Sara must seem to be childlike or quite naive yet i feel her character to be very strong, And highly spirited we rarely see anyone who is proud of who they are, she doesn’t wai
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Maha
Jan 02, 2012 Maha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Now, I know most of you must have liked this Julie Garwood installation, and I could understand the attraction, but if you're going to compare it to her other works, it fails in comparison, and also because of comparision.

Nathan, the hero of the piece, sounds just like every other character in her novels. If I asked you, a Garwood reader, to guess the major elements of his personality, would you not have it down to science? Honestly? He's arrogant, rude, domineering, curt, and stern.

And the ego
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LJ
THE GIFT - VG
Garwood, Julie - 2nd in series

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 at last. Charmingly innocent, she dismissed the ancient feud that divided her and Nathan's families...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 w
...more
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
May 27, 2015 Erika B. (SOS BOOKS) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spicy, adult-read
O dear. It was just way too much of this....

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Lots of "bellowing" and crying...and when I say lots I mean LOTS!!!

#nocluehowthesetwoactuallygottogether
Hafize
Jul 25, 2015 Hafize rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
her zaman ki deli kadın karakteri ile J.G klasiği bir romandı...
kitabı bitirince yine içinizde bir sıcaklık bir mutluluk doluyor :)
Katie
Dec 21, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel COMPLETELY pulled me in from the first paragraph. I don't know what it is about it, but it's amazing. From the intro to the ending line it was a gem. This book had me cracking up. I love the strong character of Sarah and the in denial Nathan. Perfectly suited, and perfectly hilarious. Hopefully we see them in future books of hers in the series. I'm looking into it. The supporting characters were just as good. Not too much in depth, but you knew who they were just the same. A very easy ...more
Jessica Morris
I've always heard such good things about Garwood that this hot mess of a novel was extra-disappointing. I skimmed the last half just to see what the ending was like. The main issue for me is that the heroine is completely ridiculous. I guess she is supposed to be endearing, but she truly deserves the abbreviation TSTL: Too Stupid to Live. Her husband, who was married to her in childhood due to political machinations, spirits her off to his ship and she proceeds to accidentally almost kill everyo ...more
Jackie
Aug 16, 2008 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Garwood Fans, Romantics
This was a fun, fast read like most of Garwood's earlier novels. The heroine, Sara Winchester was comedic, innocent, and charming. Although I admit her crying and whining was a bit grating after awhile, hence the three stars. Nathan St. James was loveable, handsome, stubborn, and oh-so-yummy. There wasn't a whole of drama, but there were some really funny moments as Sara got use to ship life and Nathan got use to the fact that he can love. Overall, this was a good read.
Nanou
rhaaaa Nathan, quelle patience il a, enfin quand il crie pas ou grogne pas... pendant le voyage en bateau, on imagine très bien sa tête après les bourdes à répétition de Sara, et comment il se retient de pas la jeter par dessus bord xD

c'est aussi très drôle quand Nathan va demander à Caine des conseils pour reconquérir Sara, surtout quand il veut une liste de mots doux à utiliser xD
Chitra
Apr 27, 2016 Chitra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book started out well.
Then..it was..
I have read so many JGs' and her books always leave me breathless. Her heroines have always been strong and filled with spirit, and thats why, when clumsy Sara kept doubting and crying at the drop of a hat- my heart wasn't loving it- and neither was it loving Nathan's denial of his feelings for his wife.
This continued till 3/4th of the book..when came in the small bits of angst..and i went YESSS FINALLY!!..and the hero finally admitting his feelings for h
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Tonya
reread sep 15, 2012
reread nov 12, 2014
reread via audio 10/29/2015
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Kusanagi
Allez 3,5 ....

C'est pas mon préféré de la série.... c'est vrai que c'est difficile pour Sara de passer après les deux premières héroînes plutôt badass, mais elle est quand même un peu fatigante des fois.

Alors oui, on comprends qu'elle a rêvé toute son enfance de Nathan, son époux, elle a mine de rien du caractère, et je sais bien que par rapport aux deux autres elle a été élevée comme une jeune fille normale.... mais je ne sait pas si c'est la traduction (parce que si J'ai lu a réédité en change
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“Well?"
"Well, what?"
"Damn it, Nathan, tell me what you think."
"About what?"
"Lady Sara," Colin persisted. "What do you think of her?"
"The truth, Colin?"
His friend gave a quick nod.
Nathan's smile was slow, easy. "She'll fit through the window.”
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“Nathan does have a special nickname he uses when he address me," Sarah announced then,drawing her husband's attention. " You have my permision to use it,too." "Oh? Colin asked.He caught the surprise look on Nathan's face and became all the more curious."And what might that be?" "Damn it, Sara" Colin couldn't believe he'd heard correctly. "Did you say ---" "Nathan usually addresses me as Damn It Sara. Don't you dear?" she asked her husband. "Colin,you may also ---" As if on cue,Nathan muttered,"Damn it, Sara, don't push me.I . . .” 2 likes
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