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Gabrielle (Sunfire #24)

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Is it the showboat magic that makes him love her? She's a showboat star. Will she have to give it up for love?

Sixteen-year-old Gabrielle Prentice is practicing a new tightrope act for her father's showboat on the banks of the Mississippi River when she falls into the arms of a handsome young farmer - and in love.

She soon finds that being in love with David Wesley isn't eas
Published 1987
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This was the first Sunfire that had me flipping to the end before I finished to find out who the heroine ended up with. Usually the two boys the title character finds herself torn between are equally "whatever", but the farmboy David Wesley in this book was so creepily stalkerish like Edward Cullen from "Twilight" that I was keen to see her end up with the other guy, the acrobat and showboat performer, Stephen DuBois.

Because of Wesley's rather, um, psycho declarations and condescending attitude
May 01, 2015 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember these books from when I was growing up--wish I could find them in a used bookstore somewhere!
Aug 28, 2015 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Waxing Nostalgic#9- Gabrielle is by my favorite Sunfire author, Shura. I enjoy reading about life on a river boat. I think it would be fascinating. I love the idea of family among the performers. In this book, Gabrielle spends most of her time with only one suitor. I usually do not prefer this but Shura is a good writer and she gives both men a purpose and character.
This was the first romance novel I ever read, I still have it- I chose it since my name is Gabriella- I don't remember too much about it and should probably read it again, but I do know that it never furthered my interest in romance novels...
Aug 15, 2014 Kiki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the first romance novels i ever read, I was in high school and i reread this book many times, I loved it
Sep 09, 2013 Meghan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sunfire
I think that Shura reused the plot from Jessica but with a more original setting.
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Eh. Gabrielle was fine, but her stalkers heroes kind of suck.
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Mary Francis Young was born on 23 February 1923 in Pratt, Kansas, the daughter of Jack Fant and Mary Francis (Milstead) Young. When she was very young, her family moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she raised. She studied at Maryville State College. On 24 October 1943, she married Daniel Charles Shura, who died in 1959. They had two children: Marianne Francis Shura (Spraguc) and Daniel Charles ...more
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