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The Gift

(Crown's Spies #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  17,660 ratings  ·  567 reviews
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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
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Pocket Books
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Stacey is Sassy
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
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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.
Steven Walle
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Lakshmi C
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it

This was an incredibly difficult book to rate. The story ended well but something was missing...what was it? Others would obsess or re-read the story, I moved on to the last book in the series hoping the answer would miraculously turn up.

The King has forced two feuding families into an alliance. A substantial gift is the carrot at the end of the stick. The two people stuck in this alliance are Nathan and Sara.

Nathan was surly but protective, Sara was naive but devoted. She never held anything ba
❀ Rose ❀
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read: August 2020

🔹 Overall feelings:

〰 Alright, where to start?
I first read this book about 5 years ago and I loved it. Although I had certain issues with it at the time (and I still have the same issues today), I have to admit that they never deterred from my overall enjoyment of this book which is why i’ve given it such a high rating. Although some things still grate on my nerves, the nostalgia that I feel when I think of this book will always ensure that it has a special place in my heart
May 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Abibliophobia-the fear of running out of things to read 🥺
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 4.25 stars

I usually hate the child bride trope where ten years later the husband comes out of the blue. I find it kind of stupid, so I was hesitant about reading this book. However, Garwood actually did the trope justice!

Sara (18) was married at the age of four to her fourteen year old bridegroom, Nathan. I thought she was an adorable heroine at both four and eighteen! She was just feisty enough. I liked that she had a backbone, but wasn’t ridiculous about it like a lot of historical
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 :)
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
4 stars

Further RTC...

Overall, another well-written book by JG with a solid plot line, mystery/intrigue/suspense, likeable characters, and a satisfying HEA. The H was described exactly the way I like 'em, but the h was over-the-top with the damsel in distress and constant bursting into tears situation.
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I'm a little disappointed. The blurb sounded awesome and I've had some great success with Julie Garwood books in the past, but this is not going down as one of my favorites. I struggled with the characters. I didn't feel like I knew the H all that much and the h was waaaayyy too weepy for my liking. I also struggled with the pacing, as it felt too slow in some parts and the ending felt rushed with not nearly enough grovel. I did, however, like the shenanigans the h accid
Lili  Marcus
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Maybe I just read this one in a wrong time...Because seriously what a meh!!!...The girl was a uuughhh!!!..What an idiot..(Im sorry I dont really use that word in real people but ugh!!!) It wasn't her first time boarding in a ship, for God's sake. She's not an effing child not to know the basic or even GET the do's and don'ts..But almost fifty percent of the book was about this girl's stupidity.

And she's so pushy, always trying her best to win other's confidence and trust.. WTF. And the guy, Goo
May 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Debbie DiFiore
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Not as good as her others!

I love Julie Garwood but this is not one of her best in my honest opinion! I love the heroine so much but the hero just wasn't my favorite. He's no Broderick, or Ian , or Alec. Not even close. Least favorite of her heroes actually. I don't even know why but I just didn't love him. The heroine was just great. I loved the part where she is behind the villain and says "should I am Not him between the ears or the neck this time?" When she had never done that before. It was
Varied Books
Sep 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical, hated, audible
1.5 stars
Audio book- narrator was good
I hated the h. I wanted to strangle her many times. She was a brat & TSTL. I liked the Hero.
Oct 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
May 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-read, spicy
O dear. It was just way too much of this....


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

This one was pretty good!The heroine was a good departure from the previous two. I took down one star because I didn't enjoy the drama at the last 20 per cent.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

A super funny and sweet historical romance.
The epilogue hooked you in. The story was engaging, the antics were hilarious, and the love of 2 opposite people was sweet.
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
SB*needs low angst books*
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 Morris
Jun 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Did not love Nathan. He was a jerk. Sara was ok. But just too naive and forgiving for me. I won't label this as a second chance since she was 4 when they married.
Addie H
Jan 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
30% DNF - I can't handle the naiveness of the heroine - I'm out
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
What an annoying little woman >.> yes heroine, I’m talking to you ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Kiri Fiona
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4 Stars… and a 1/2 for this glorious read!

Quote… She'd imagined him to be a gentle, understanding, sensitive man who was thoroughly in love with her.
Her dreams mocked her. Her knight was more tarnished than golden. He had just proven to be as understanding, as compassionate, as loving as a goat.


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 dism
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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"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.”
“My uncle's a big man, muscular. He's given to bulk in his shoulders.Yes, I suppose he could be a little frightening.

So is his wife, Sara interjected with a smile. "I couldn't tell them apart."

He pinched her backside for being insolent. "Dunnford has a mustache."

"So does she.”
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