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The Gift (Crown's Spies, Bk 3)
The Gift - Crown's Spies, Bk 3
Author: Julie Garwood
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 notoriou...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780671702502
ISBN-10: 0671702505
Publication Date: 1/1/1991
Pages: 384
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4 stars, based on 407 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed The Gift (Crown's Spies, Bk 3) on + 190 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I admit, I thought this hero had less charm than the big Scot in Garwood's The Wedding. Unlike that character, Nathan St. James seems to tease his poor bride just because he finds it amusing to see her upset and in a temper. Personally, it would have been a better book for me if she'd shot him in the groin with a cannonball sometime in the first few chapters.

But hey, don't listen to me, some people like the heavy handed Master of the Universe Macho man doesn't have to explain himself routine. But me, I still think he'd have benefited from an encounter with a speeding cannonball.
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Helpful Score: 3
I love all of Julie Garwood's historicals and this one is no exception.

What happens when the groom is 11 and the bride is 3? They don't meet up for another 20 years and the sparks fly!
reviewed The Gift (Crown's Spies, Bk 3) on + 32 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Garwood's heroines are often klutzy, ditsy gals, and it can get tiresome, but once this heroine, Sara, gets kidnapped aboard her sweetie's pirate ship, comic mishaps come thick and fast. It was laugh-out-loud funny!
Truly an enjoyable read.
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Helpful Score: 2
A delightful, sensual story of two lovers destined for high adventure, and blissful rapture.

Julie Garwood is always a great read.
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Helpful Score: 2
I am a Julie Garwood avid reader. Love all of her novels. Takes place in England 1802.
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reviewed The Gift (Crown's Spies, Bk 3) on
Lady Sara Winchester is a different kind of heroine - ditzy, naive and thoroughly optimistic. She was forced to marry Nathan St. James by royal decree when she was a very young child, and has fantasized about him as her prince charming ever since. When Nathan claims his bride 14 years later, she is in for a surprise - he is surly and mistrustful, not to mention a semi-reformed pirate and general social outcast. The story of how these two come together and learn to live with one another is hilarious. And Sara does not come empty handed. She comes with her widowed aunt that she rescued.

Now Nathan is a whole different story. He likes being alone and doesn't want to depend on anyone especially a woman. He is jaded, but kind. He is at times a contradiction to himself. He would say he doesn't care about her feelings but then do things that would spare her delicate feelings. It was very sweet. But he does have a tendency to yell a lot...at her. But believe me it is funny when he does. My favorite line was when someone asked Sara what endearments he calls her by and she says, "Damn it Sara." She did this because he never called her by endearments and she wanted to upset him. Then he turns around and says "Damn it, Sara!" and then he starts laughing.

I thought The Gift was a great book, certainly one of the best in the series. (Speaking of the series, there are four books, not three. "The Lion's Lady" is the first. Then "Guardian Angel", "The Gift", and "Castles".) The two main characters are lovable, and have good chemistry, not mention some GREAT and really witty conversations. Of course, the book is more enjoyable if you have read the other two in this series first. Then you will understand how Nathan is a far more complex character than what appears on the surface. "Castles" ties up all the loose ends of the plot within the plot and interweaves all the main characters from all 4 stories very nicely.
Julie Garwood has created a thoroughly interesting plot and setting, a great cast of minor characters, and a great book! I recommend it highly.
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You can't go wrong with a Julie Garwood book and this one delivers! A great read.
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This book was really disappointing and I enjoyed Julie Garwood's previous book like "Ranson" and "The Secret" (highlander series). To quote one of the other reviewers ''she was so annoying, naive to the point of stupidity''. And not only this, SHE NEVER STOPPED COMPLAINING AND NAGGING!! Sarah's constant clutziness was beyond ridiculous. She had cried at least twice in EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER.... COME ON!!!!! She cries at the drop of a hat... I mean everything makes her cry... It was way too much. The fact that she almost sunk the ship, twice, with her umbrella is a testament to this fact. The chemistry between sarah and nathan wasn't at all strong either. Ultimately, this book was boring and such a dissapointment.

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Common Title
Series
The Crown Spies  3 of 4
People/Characters
Sara Winchester (Primary Character)
Nathan Marquess of St. James (Primary Character)
Aunt Nora [Sara's aunt] (Major Character)
Colin, Nathan's business partner (Average Character)
Jade, sister to Nathan (Minor Character)

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