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The Gift

by Julie Garwood (Author)

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Third book in a regency series, we’d met Nathan in Caine and Jade’s story from Guardian Angel. It’s time for Nathan to go kidnap his bride—the baggage he’s got to accept in order to get the king’s gift of gold. He needs the money to grow his shipping business.

In an attempt to stop a long standing feud between the Winchester and St James families, King George came up with a contract, forcing four year-old Sara Winchester to marry fourteen year-old Nathan St James. They’ll be awarded a valuable strip of land that resides between the estates of both families. And when she gives him a child, the king’s gift of gold. If either breaks the contract, the other family gets the land. The two haven’t seen each other since being wed fourteen years ago and her family desperately wants Nathan to break the contract.

Chaotic humor abounds as naïve Sara is the cause of one mishap after another while aboard his ship, to the point where a sailor getting a wart also gets blamed on her. The two are as different as night and day. She’s a dreamer who grew up with the fairy tale belief that her husband loved her and should protect her from everything. That faith gets put to the test. For his part, he’s relieved that she’s nothing at all like her despicable family in either looks or temperament and both he and his crew come to appreciate her.

I love the characters. First read back in the 90s before I’d started reading so much urban fantasy with capable, kick butt heroines, today Sara seems like a wet noodle in comparison. But she’s so charming and funny. Her backbone is obvious from the start, but we see growth in that area. Expect to shed tears in more than one place as it’s easy to slip into Sara’s head and feel her emotions.

It’s not necessary to have read Guardian Angel first, but it would definitely help with a better understanding of some of the relationships as well as an issue that comes up. The characters and storyline from the first book, Lion’s Lady, have nothing to do with this third story. ( )
  dearheart | Mar 26, 2014 |
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. ( )
  Jaguar897 | Mar 31, 2013 |
For my #15 challenge (Title Has Two Words), I read The Gift by Julie Garwood. As a child bride, Sara Winchester had dreamed of the day when her husband, Nathan, Marquess St. James would arrive to claim her heart and take her away from her family. Charmingly innocent, she dismissed the ancient feud which divided her family from Nathan's. She had no idea of Nathan's past as the infamous pirate, Pagan. The man who arrived to claim her was perplexing, arrogant and sinfully handsome.

Nathan had never bared his soul to another woman but soon he was utterly beguiled by Sara's sweet, defiant ways. Aboard his ship the Seahawk, Sara was brave, imperious and determined to win his heart completely - yet upon their return to England, her love would be sorely tested by a vile conspiracy designed to tear Sara and Nathan apart. I give this regency romance an A+! ( )
  rubyandthetwins | Feb 29, 2012 |
I really loved this book, similar to her medievals, only this time it's on board a ship, with the endearing, screwball heroine and her stern captain - her husband. A winner!

http://ktleyed.blogspot.com/2012/02/gift-by-julie-garwood.html ( )
  ktleyed | Feb 4, 2012 |
This is the story of Nathan and Sara, who at the ages of 14 and 4 (respectively) were forced to enter into a marriage contract by the king to restore peace to their feuding families. The bride and groom have not seen each other since their wedding day. Fourteen years later, at ages 28 and 18, Nathan has decided to claim his bride in order to receive the king's gift--lands and money owed to him in exchange for cohabitating with Sara and producing an heir. Nathan "kidnaps" his bride and sets out with her on one of his sailing vessels. (He has now begun a shipping business.) On their journey, the bride and groom share many passionate nights and fall in love, but as is typical, one of them (Nathan) doesn't know he's in love yet. There are quite a few tender moments, and several funny ones as well. Sara can be annoying, but she's young and has been very sheltered. I accepted it as perfectly natural. Nathan is a likable hero--brooding, handsome, strong, and willful. I thought he was especially endearing when he kept reminding Sara to have faith in him and not to give up on him.

What I found lacking was more depth regarding the treason/mystery subplot. I really enjoyed this element of the story line and would have liked it to have been longer and more suspenseful. ( )
  halo776 | Mar 8, 2011 |
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A child bride, Lady 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 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 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 most desperate conspiracy sundered them from one another. Now as their future trembled in the balance, they would discover the true destiny of their passion... for all time!
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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 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!

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When the man she had wed as a child returns to claim her, Sara Winchester finds him arrogant yet handsome, but she is unaware of his past as the notorious pirate, Pagan.

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