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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380800233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380800230
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chritina Skye has eaten snake meat in Shanghai and armadillo in Canton. A Ph.D. graduate in Chinese literature, she has translated for Chinese generals, dissident poets, and fifth-generation puppet masters. In 1981 the Ohio native was nearly arrested when a businessman she was working for insisted she help him smuggle two "ladies of dubious virtue" into Peking's prestigious State Guest House.

The armed PLA soldiers at the gate were not amused, shenotes. But these days Skye's greatest love is England,especially the fog-swept southeast coast. Here she firstencountered the portrait of a proud-faced, sad-eyed aristocratand a great gray cat sitting protectively beneath it. Adrian andGideon haven't given her a moment's peace since.

Two Draycott novellas later (one appeared in Avon Books'Haunting Love Stories and one in Bewitching Love Stories),the award-winning author of four historical romances is deepat work on a new novel set at magical Draycott Abbey.

A descendant of Revolutionary War hero Adam Helmer,Christina Skye currently lives with her husband and youngson in New Jersey, where she prudently avoids snakes andanything that resembles an armadillo.


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Christina Skye is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 books. She is a pushover for Harris tweed, Scottish cashmere, Chinese dumplings, French macarons and dark chocolate.

Not necessarily in that order.

After receiving her doctorate in classical Chinese literature, Christina worked as a writer, translator and consultant to travel companies, importers, museums and magazines, including the National Geographic Society, the Asia Society and the American Museum of Natural History. In 1990 she sold her first novel. Since then she has written four different series for five different publishers. She has appeared on ABC Worldwide News, Travel News Network, the Arthur Frommer Show, Geraldo, Voice of America, Looking East, and Good Morning, Arizona.
She generally has her knitting right beside her while she writes.

"Colors and textures running through my fingers help me concentrate on the flow of a book and the mystery of characters coming alive before my eyes. Knitting pulls me to a quiet place where a story can unfold at its deepest level."

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Again, her books are the best, I will continue to read her books as they are written very well.
KFiddletown
And as I usually want to read in order, this series was on hold for years as I am missing one book.
Aurian
They're a great combination of romance, action/adventure, and ghost story -- plus guys in kilts!
Beth Ann Buist

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Maheno on October 21, 1999
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If you want a well-written, contemporary story that flirts with the past; romantic settings in New York, Scotland & England; interesting, multidemensional, flawed (yet still appealing) characters; a plot with danger, intrigue, passion, humor, paranormal sightings & gifts; and the chance to learn something new (the jewelry-making craft), you should enjoy this book as much as I did. Maggie & Jared were characters worth meeting and getting to know; their mutual attraction sizzles. This is Skye's 7th book in her Draycott Abbey series & can stand alone, but it helps if you've read previous titles in the series (well worth your time). I'm lookng forward to her promised sequels with Faith & Chessa, but I think Skye could have another interesting story with the intriguing Izzy.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on November 30, 1999
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I had almost given up on Ms. Skye. After reading her last 4 books I kept telling myself that this would be the last book I was going to buy unless she reverts to her earlier writing style. I am glad I persevered to this story. I have always loved the idea of the Draycott series, but with the exception of Adrian's story, I have found the others in the series poorly written. The Perfect Gift finally shows us Ms. Skye's potential. It is well executed, with strongly defined characters, and an in depth plot.
Jared is an interesting character, and though I feel the tortured, modern warrior who suffers some calamity and must rise above it (the ex-special agent, ex-cop, ex-army/marine, ex-fed, etc), is over written about, this story works. Maybe it is the touch of the paranormal that adds a different slant, maybe it is just my desire to see a successful Draycott series. Our heroine must also work through some problems of her own, but she has a wonderful support system with her cousins and new friends.
I liked the way the plot twists and turns, interweaving all of our characters. Everything and everyone fit in well together (unfortunately there is a "but" coming), but I thought the actual "evil" in this story was a bit corney and unbelievable. Ms. Skye gets us to believe in ghosts, witches, reincarnation and the paranormal, but I couldn't swallow the bad guys and their evil empire. I felt like I was in a bad "B" movie when this part of the story unfolded. All in all though, this is definitely a book worth reading, and I feel the best in the series
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on December 15, 2002
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This was another entry in the Draycott Abbey series that is again another chapter in this wonderful creation by the gifted Christina Skye.
Our hero, Commander Jared MacNeill, is connected to the abbey through an association of having served in the Royal Marines and having had his life saved by Nicolas Draycott. So, when a personal favor was requested by Nicolas to ask Jared to `check out' a proposed artist he and his wife were planning to commission for a specific venture they would be sponsoring - Jared felt compelled to grant this one last favor - before he died. Through a special `sixth-sense gift' Jared, had seen his own death and by touch, he can read another persons thoughts.
Highly independent since her father's supposed death and jewel theft, Maggie Kincade's life had left her vulnerable and wary of anything and anyone that smacked of `reporters'. She was attempting to carry on with her life relying solely on herself when this Scotsman, Jared, invades her mind and sends signals to her body that are quite unsettling. Arriving at the Abbey, she has no idea why it somehow feels familiar and why she has the feeling that someone is always watching her.
What follows is the highly sensual attraction that our two main characters have with Jared quite vocal with his admiration and Maggie not quite understanding or believing her feelings. The fact that Jared knows what she is thinking drives her crazy! Then of course you have the mystery of why someone is trying to harm Maggie and whether her father is really dead.
As always, you get to see Adrian and Gideon, the abbey's guardian ghosts - who help out when the going gets tough and you get to visit other characters from previous novels who you have come to know and love.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EmmasGram on May 19, 2002
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As usual, Christina Skye tops her previous books. Her heros are always straight arrows, her heroins are usually experienced in romance but not to the point of being slutish. It is a joy to watch her plots unfold. I am never bored, waiting to get to the meat of the plot. Her past and present characters blend extremely well with any given situation. She always knows where every one is and what they should be doing at any given time. Makes it all so believable that I want to keep reading and reading. I hate the end of any of her books. What happened to the two sequals involving the two female cousins? Do you know when they will hit the shelves, or have they and I just missed them??
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kerrie franklin on May 5, 2013
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This story stands well alone, and also as part of a series.
well, written interesting characters that you care about
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KobeAri on May 5, 2013
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I absolutely love the Draycott series. The characters are always interesting and the reader quickly begins to care about their problems. I hope Christina Skye will continue this thoroughly entertaining series.
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