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 notorious pirate, Pagan.
The man who now stood before her was perplexing, arrogant and powerfully handsome...a warrior-gentleman whose gentle touch aroused her to the wildest, deepest pleasures of love.
Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara's sweet, defiant ways.
Aboard his ship, The Seahawk, she was brave, imperious and determined to win his heart completely -- yet upon their return to England, her love would be sorely tested as a vile conspiracy tried to tear them apart.
With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion...for all time!
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 04/11/1996
- Category: Historical romance
- ISBN: 9780671702502
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Review by CathyLeming
I liked this story (high seas adventure) and loved this hero.
Review by dearheart
Third book in a regency series, we’d met Nathan in Caine and Jade’s story from Guardian Angel. It’s time for Nathan to go kidnap his bride—the baggage he’s got to accept in order to get the king’s gift of gold. He needs the money to grow his shipping business.In an attempt to stop a long standing feud between the Winchester and St James families, King George came up with a contract, forcing four year-old Sara Winchester to marry fourteen year-old Nathan St James. They’ll be awarded a valuable strip of land that resides between the estates of both families. And when she gives him a child, the king’s gift of gold. If either breaks the contract, the other family gets the land. The two haven’t seen each other since being wed fourteen years ago and her family desperately wants Nathan to break the contract.Chaotic humor abounds as naïve Sara is the cause of one mishap after another while aboard his ship, to the point where a sailor getting a wart also gets blamed on her. The two are as different as night and day. She’s a dreamer who grew up with the fairy tale belief that her husband loved her and should protect her from everything. That faith gets put to the test. For his part, he’s relieved that she’s nothing at all like her despicable family in either looks or temperament and both he and his crew come to appreciate her.I love the characters. First read back in the 90s before I’d started reading so much urban fantasy with capable, kick butt heroines, today Sara seems like a wet noodle in comparison. But she’s so charming and funny. Her backbone is obvious from the start, but we see growth in that area. Expect to shed tears in more than one place as it’s easy to slip into Sara’s head and feel her emotions.It’s not necessary to have read Guardian Angel first, but it would definitely help with a better understanding of some of the relationships as well as an issue that comes up. The characters and storyline from the first book, Lion’s Lady, have nothing to do with this third story.
Review by rubyandthetwins
For my #15 challenge (Title Has Two Words), I read The Gift by Julie Garwood. As a child bride, Sara Winchester had dreamed of the day when her husband, Nathan, Marquess St. James would arrive to claim her heart and take her away from her family. Charmingly innocent, she dismissed the ancient feud which divided her family from Nathan's. She had no idea of Nathan's past as the infamous pirate, Pagan. The man who arrived to claim her was perplexing, arrogant and sinfully handsome.Nathan had never bared his soul to another woman but soon he was utterly beguiled by Sara's sweet, defiant ways. Aboard his ship the Seahawk, Sara was brave, imperious and determined to win his heart completely - yet upon their return to England, her love would be sorely tested by a vile conspiracy designed to tear Sara and Nathan apart. I give this regency romance an A+!
Review by Jaguar897
This was a fun, fast read like most of Garwood's earlier novels. The heroine, Sara Winchester was comedic, innocent, and charming. Although I admit her crying and whining was a bit grating after awhile, hence the three stars. Nathan St. James was loveable, handsome, stubborn, and oh-so-yummy. There wasn't a whole of drama, but there were some really funny moments as Sara got use to ship life and Nathan got use to the fact that he can love. Overall, this was a good read.