- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; PF edition (January 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671702505
- ISBN-13: 978-0671702502
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 260 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Gift Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1991
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
This bland romance, which borders on formulaic, recycles a few elements from Garwood's earlier novel Guardian Angel . In 1802, in an attempt to bring peace between two warring families, the king arranges a marriage between the 14-year-old Nathanialsp ok Baker, marquess of St. James, and Lady Sara Winchester, who is four. Fourteen years later and now a pirate, Nathan wishes to claim his bride--and the property that comes with her--but the Winchesters aren't cooperating. Nathan decides to indulge in a "clean, uncomplicated kidnapping" and spirits his wife out of England on one of his ships. In fact Sara, long infatuated with her absent, mysterious husband, settles into life at sea quite cheerfully, enlivening the voyage by accidentally destroying a couple of sails, giving the crew food poisoning and setting the vessel on fire. Despite it all, her determined affection for and faith in Nathan and his crew gradually wins her a place in their crusty, seafaring souls and a loyalty that is tested when, on their return to London, Sara's father threatens to expose an old scandal that could ruin the St. James name.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Romantic Times Glorious...The Gift is a stunning achievement, full of warmth, humor, lovable characters...rich in emotion...You'll cherish this book.
Rendevous I am once again enthralled with the tale that flows from Ms. Garwood's pen...The Gift belongs on my hand off or die! shelf
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
PROS: I just love, love Nathan. I couldn't wait for his story. Here's a man trying to build something with his life. He goes to claim his bride that he married at 14 to get the money from the marriage contract.
CONS: Sara killed the story. She's whiny, cries alot and has this superior attitude. Whenever she does something she expects the crew and her husband to shower her with praise. Gag. She blames everyone for her mistakes...example a crew man fell down the stairs after tripping over HER parasol. She's sorry but she says he should have been looking where he was going. WHAT?! She expects Nathan to take care of her and to fix every problem she has. The man is trying to command his ship and keep everyone safe. I enjoyed everyone else but her.
I listened to the audiobook. I had no issues with the narrator but I couldn't finish. Sara just got to me.
We are introduced to Nathan at the age of fourteen and Sara at the age of four. The daft King decided to stop the feuding between each of their families by joining the young couple in marriage. Sara's family are despicable and throughout the story we see them at their worst. Nathan's is not much better, but they are loyal. When the couple finally come together to live as man and wife, it's not all plain sailing.
I loved this couple. Sara is an absolute crack up. Her naive outlook on life and her unquestionable faith in her husband is sweet. Nathan is a gruff and impatient man who wants the contract fulfilled without his emotions getting involved. Their journey is filled with rough seas and dastardly parasols, but Sara's positive outlook and Nathan's determination help them survive the storms.
Julie Garwood is one of the most brilliant historical romance authors and her stories always leave me with a smile on my face. She brings her characters to life and makes you fall in love with them. This was a great reminder to step back in time more regularly and enjoy the fun, excitement, sexy times and adventure that a good historical romance provides.
Although the heroine was sweet, I prefer a heroine to have more common sense and maturity to go along with the sweetness. She was just too childish in her behaviors and thought processes. She was also constantly bursting into tears. Quite annoying.
I have thoroughly enjoyed a number of Julie Garwood's books but this one was not her best.