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The Gift - Kekuatan Cinta Sang Bajak Laut

(Crown's Spies #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  16,357 ratings  ·  493 reviews
Nathanial Clayton Hawthorn Baker alias Nathan, Marquess of St. James ketiga, sudah lelah menjalani kehidupan berbahaya sebagai perompak. Maka ia pun memutuskan untuk menjemput istri yang dinikahinya empat belas tahun silam. Selain itu, dengan menyempurnakan pernikahannya, Nathan bisa mendapatkan hadiah tanah dan sejumlah uang yang ia butuhkan untuk membangun perusahaan yan ...more
Paperback, 504 pages
Published January 11th 2012 by Dastanbooks (first published 1991)
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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
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.
Jan 12, 2010 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
Steven Walle
Oct 08, 2015 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.
Aug 26, 2009 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
Lakshmi C

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
Jan 22, 2015 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 :)
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
Lili  Marcus
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
Tuba Özkat
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitabı sevdim, evet. Belki başka bir yazarın olsa üç buçuk falan da verebilirdim ama. Çünkü kadın karakter biraz alıktı. Saftı. Pasifti, güçsüzdü. Hiç sevmediğim şeyler ve genelde Garwood'un kadınları güçlüdür, onun için Garwood'u bu kadar severim. Ama bu kıza azıcık uyuz oldum.

Önceki kitaptaki Jade'in abisi Nathan'a gelince... Bu önceki kitapta okuduğumuz adama hiç benzemiyordu. Yazar sanki başlı başına yeni bir karakter yaratmıştı.

Bunların dışında historicalı güzel bir dille aktaran, efso bir
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
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.
Oct 01, 2009 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
Varied Books
Sep 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, hated, historical
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.
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.... [image error]

Mereka di nikahkan saat Nathan dari keluarga St.James berusia 14 tahun dan Lady Sara dari keluiarga musuh nya saat berusia 4 tahun...oleh Raj
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
May 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!!!

Jul 21, 2016 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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  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
Tatlı bir historicaldı.. Olaylar güzel karakterler mantıklı eğlenceli yer yer öfkeli.. Kitabın neredeyse yarısından çoğu Denizde geçtiği için o klasik İngiliz şaşası, görgü kuralları, çalışanların asiller ile olan Kocaman farklılığı ön olanda değildi ve bu kitabı daha sevecen hale getirmiş bence.. Şu sıralar ihtiyacım olan her şeye sahipti kitap..Ve Nathan kesinlikle sevilesi bir adam.. Bir adamın sevmeyi öğrenişini bir kadının yeniden ve yeniden vazgeçmeyişini okumak oldukça güzeldi. Nathan rah ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading. So cute.
Kiri Fiona
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 dismissed
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
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
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
What an annoying little woman >.> yes heroine, I’m talking to you
Ashy Khaira
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 50-states
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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.
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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.”
“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 . . .” 4 likes
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