Book Reviews of Shanna

Shanna
Shanna
Author: Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
ISBN-13: 9780380385881
ISBN-10: 0380385880
Publication Date: 8/1/1978
Pages: 672
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 188 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 16
I can't help it. It's old, it's outdated, it's chock-full of screaming purple prose, but I love it. I first read this book when I was 17 years old and romance novels of its type were the new big thing. Back then, it was almost unheard of for the hero & heroine to bother getting married before they had sex, so this was actually a somewhat refreshing change. Since then, I've re-read Shanna too many times to count, and it still resides on my keeper shelf, next to my other all-time Woodiwiss favorite, Ashes in the Wind. For anyone who hasn't read it, I highly recommend doing so at least once.

As briefly as possible (and there's a lot to summarize here): Spoiled, beautiful, rich brat (Shanna - the terror) meets gorgeous, honorable, and courageous Mr. Wonderful (Ruark) - but there's a problem: He's condemned to die for a murder he didn't commit, and she's in his prison cell asking him to marry her and save her from the threat of an arranged marriage, soon to be forced on her by her supposedly unreasonable & tyrannical father (yeah right - he's really a cream puff at heart). In exchange, she promises to ease his last days with decent food and a few material comforts... oh, and to consummate the marriage. He's very taken with her right away and agrees for pretty much that reason alone. Although she feels guilty about it later, she (in typical spoiled little rich brat fashion) backs out on the second part of the deal. Ruark gets a little (very little) bit of satisfaction out of it however; he manages to take her virginity in the carriage before she can deliver him back to his gaoler.
Shanna sheds a few guilty tears when the scheduled execution date passes, but still goes whistling right back home to daddy, a newly made widow, under no obligation to marry. Unbeknownst to her however, Mr. Wonderful isn't dead. Technically he's still a condemned man, but the greedy & dishonest overseer of Shanna's father's plantation purchased him from an equally greedy gaoler, and now Ruark is Daddy's new (and soon highly valued) bondsman, and boy, is he upset with his little woman...

I cannot tell a lie, the push/pull factor in this story goes on seemingly forever, until Shanna finally does a lot of soul-searching and growing up, and realizes just exactly what she has in her formerly unwanted hubby. Frankly, if I didn't already have a long-term sentimental attachment to this book, I'm not sure if it could live up to my current standards for a highly recommended romance. It takes Shanna a long time to put away her childish fantasies and see Ruark for the hero he really is, and the spoiled, little rich girl routine becomes a little grating at times. HOWEVER, it's still a classic, and even by today's standards, it is a very sweet love story - IF you're able to forgive reformed brats, and watch them stroll off into the sunset with heroes who are probably too good for them, that is. And on the upside, the external plot is full of action and high adventure, and shows great attention to historical detail by the author. I'll always love it - most especially Ruark Beauchamp, my all-time favorite historical romance hero. He's what made me fall in love with the romance genre in the first place, and the yardstick I have subsequently measured all other romance heroes by. I very highly recommend it. It's a widespread sentimental favorite, old-school romance, and was actually pretty ground breaking and awfully darned cool for its time.
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Helpful Score: 3
Awesome! one of the best romance novels of all time
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the most-read book in my collection of books read. I reread it once a year. Shanna, the main character is headstrong, stubborn, spoiled, and raised to a life of priviledge. Shanna's father gives her a marriage ultimatum and Shanna tricks her father by going to the gallows in England to find her husband who will soon die and she can go home with his fine name attached to hers, a single woman. Story goes from England, to Carribean Islands, to the New World. Excellent story! Ruarke, Shanna's love interest in the book, is my idea of a perfect man.
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Helpful Score: 1
Possibly THE single finest historical romance of all time. The first I ever read and the one I use to measure others by. Woodiwiss sweeps you into her world and doesn't let you go until the last word on the final page.
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Helpful Score: 1
Rather than let her father marry her off, Shanna Trahern finds a condemned man with an aristocratic name to wed. He'll go off to the gallows, and she'll be a carefree widow. But the devishly clever Ruark Beauchamp thwarts her plan by escaping his death, only to turn up as a foreman on her father's estate, and even worse, he wants to claim marital privileges!
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This was one of my favorite romance books of all times. I've read it several times and I still remember the title 10 years after I first picked it up. It is a long read, though, so be prepared to enjoy it for a while!
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One of my favorite books. I have read the copy I have a time too many the book is coming apart and pages are missing. It really needs to go in the recycle bin.
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Great Story, On my Keeper Shelf
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This is absolutely my favorite fictional book I've ever read. I read it every few months and I'm sad when it ends. Ruark (the hero) is perfect in every way and Shanna is lovable, despite her flaws.
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This book had potential.When I read the synopsis I was intrigued,but sadly it fell flat for me. Too much descriptions of things that didn't matter.Boring and awful.
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The incomparable romance of beautiful, aristocratic Shanna Trahern and dashing Ruark Beauchamp-the man who escaped a hangman's knot and traveled to the ends of the earth to possess her.
Another great novel of Kathleen Woodiwiss.
Different cover, but same book.
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great historical romantic novel
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A blazing novel of eternal love
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I completely loved this book and I reccomend it to anyone.
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Woodiwiss spreads magic - this was an excellent book I shall not forget.
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i loved the book espescially the fricton between hero and heroine
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Definitely a good book. The female character was a fiery one, with so much gusto. And the male character, his charm was lovely. He put up with so much and never gave up on her.
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From the back of the book, an exquisite beauty in desperate need A condemned man with nothing to loseA magnificent tale of freedom and passionate destiny from the incomparable storyteller Kathleen E. Woodwiss.
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"The incomparable romance of beautiful, aristocratic Shanna Trahern and dashing Ruark Beauchamp--the man who escaped a hangman's knot and traveled to the ends of the earth to possess her."
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A pact is sealed in secret behind the foreboding walls of Newgate Prison. In return for a night of unparalleded pleasure, a dashing condemned criminal consents to wed a beautiful heiress, thereby rescuing her with his name from an impending and abhorred arranged union. But in the fading echoes of hollow wedding vows, a solemn promise is broken, as a sensuous free spirit takes flight to a lush Caribbean paradise, abandoning the stranger she married to face the gallows unfulfilled. But Ruark Beauchamp's destiny is now eternally intertwined with that of the tempestuous, intoxicating Shanna. He will be free and he will find her. For no iron ever forged can imprison his resolute passion and no hangman's noose will deny Ruark the ecstasy that is rightfully his.
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A pact is sealed in secret behind the foreboding walls of Newgate Prison. In return for a night of unparalleled pleasure, a dashing condemned criminal consents to wed a beautiful heiress, thereby rescuing her with his name from an impending and abhorred arranged union. But in the fading echoes of hollow wedding vows, a solemn promise is broken, as a sensuous free spirit takes flight to a lush Caribbean paradise, abandoning the stranger she married to face the gallows unfulfilled. But Ruark Beauchamp's destiny is now eternally intertwined with that of the tempestuous, intoxicating Shanna. He will be free... and he will find her. For no iron ever forged can imprison his resolute passion. And no hangman's noose will deny Ruark the ecstasy that is rightfully his. Only posting this because I have two copies of it. Great story and great supporting characters.
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Behind the foreboding walls of Newgate Prison, a pact is sealed in secret--as a dashing and doomed criminal consents to wed a beautiful heiress . . . in return for one night of unparalleled pleasure.
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Shanna - a woman with surging desires of the spirit, the flesh,and the heart
RUARK - a man burning to possess her in vengeance and in ecstacy.
Shanna - a romance of passion beyond wildest dreams
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This book is an incomparable romance of beautiful, aristocratic Shanna Trahern and dashing Ruark Beauchamp- the man who escaped a hangman's knot and traveled to the ends of the earth to possess her.
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Sensuous free spirit Shanna Trahern takes flight to a lush Caribbean paradise - leaving the dashing condemned Ruark Beauchamp to the gallows of Newgate Prison. But no hangman's noose will deny Ruark the ecstasy of his true love. An exquisite beauty in desperate need...A condemned man with nothing left to lose... A magnificent tale of freedom and passionate destiny from the incomparable storyteller - Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Behind the foreboding walls of Newgate Prison, a pact is sealed in secret--as a dashing and doomed criminal consents to wed a beautiful heiress...in return for one night of unparalleled pleasure. In the fading echoes of hollow wedding vows, a promise is broken--as a sensuous free-spirit flees to a lush Caribbean paradise, abandoning the handsome stranger she married to the gallows. But Ruark Beauchamp's destiny is now eternally intertwined with his exquisite, tempestuous Shanna's. And no iron ever forged can imprison his magnificent passion...and no hangman's noose will deny him the ecstasy that is rightfully his. Behind the foreboding walls of Newgate Prison, a pact is sealed in secret--as a dashing and doomed criminal consents to wed a beautiful heiress...in return for one night of unparalleled pleasure. In the fading echoes of hollow wedding vows, a promise is broken--as a sensuous free-sirit flees to a lush Caribbean paradise, abandoning the handsome stranger she married to the gallows. But Ruark Beauchamp's destiny is now eternally intertwined ewith his exquisite, tempestuous Shanna's. And no iron ever forged can imprison his magnificent passion...and no hangman's noose will deny him the ecstasy that is rightfully his.

I really enjoyed this book!
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This is a classic. I liked it very much. It is one of my daughter's favorites and is in her permanent collection. She has read it several times. A little different story line.