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.
You can't go wrong with a Julie Garwood book and this one delivers! A great read.
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.