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  • Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (April 1 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380385880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380385881
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A legend . . . The queen of historical romance." -- -- Alanta Journal-Constitution

"A phenomenon." -- -- New York Times

About the Author

With more than thirty-six million copies of her bestselling novels already in print, Kathleen E. Woodiwiess remains one of America's most successful and beloved storytellers. She is the author of twelve enormously successful masterworks of romantic fiction, including The Flame and the Flower, Shanna, Ashes in the Wind, Petals on the River, and The Elusive Flame.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BookLover on June 1 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I LOVE this book...i think i must have read it over 50 times in the past 10 years. This is my favorite book by far. I even have a copy of this book on my iphone. Shanna and Ruark story is so different from other romance novels theres more depth to this story than most. Shanna is beautifull rebelious, spoiled but caring toward others. While Ruark is handsome mysterious and bent on getting what he was promised. I loved the chemistry between these two characters. This is definetly K Woodiwiss best book. If you like books from Judith McNaught and Johanna Lindsey you'll definetley like Shanna. I urge you to try this book, i promise you wont regret it.
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By Ellen on Jan. 12 2004
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I admit when I first started reading this book I just wanted to quit because it's so long, but I'm glad I stuck with it because it's one of those books that you'll never forget. What's so great about this book is that Woodiwiss really takes you through a journey of growing up and finding love. When we first meet Shanna she's spoiled and headstrong but as the novel progresses, she goes through a maturing process and you really see that when she realizes she's fallen in love with Ruark..."I'm afraid you will touch me and I will crumble. I am afraid you will say, "I love you," and I will melt at your feet. I am afraid I cannot stand against you anymore. Don't you understand? I am defenseless now. You have known me too closely, and I have known you too dearly..." And Ruark, he is absolutely divine, a true hero who will stay with you through thick and thin, and it doesn't hurt that he is sexy and gorgeous. He's really the glue that holds the novel together because he's the one that fights for Shanna's love. So, if you want a quick, lighthearted romance to read in one sitting, this isn't the novel for you. But if you want something that will leave an impact in your heart, and if you're willing to stick with it, this novel is definitely worth it.
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By Dana on Nov. 3 2002
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Shanna is a willfull girl who prides herself on being so, but is also selfish and used to getting what she wants. She is past the age where a nice lady usually gets hitched, and her father, bent on making sure she has little heirs lined up, sets up a deadline for her to marry of her own will. If she fails, he will pick a suitor for her.
Shanna comes up with the ingenius plan of picking out a man on deathrow, and the one she picks just so happens to be Ruark, innocent of his crime, quite handsome, honorable, and all the other dreamy attributes. She figures her bargain will be enough, he gets a few luxuries for the last days of his life, and she can go home a widow. But he ends up matching her will for will.
After she leaves him hanging and heads home after the nuptials, he, by a twist of fate, is put into bondage and -gasp- is heading towards the island Shanna's father owns! Once there, he is a common bondslave and ends up practically stalking her, because they are man and wife and she didn't follow through with the deal. She, obviously, doesn't seem to mind really after all her complaining. What follows is a struggle between Shanna and her heart and brain, and then the forces of fate.
I'm used to the cliched romances, where the man is selfish and denying, and the woman sacrifices and chases after him. But in this story, the roles almost seemed reverse, and in the end Shanna was the one to prove herself. I didn't find her too bad, but sometimes I wanted to slap her when Ruark was being open and loving. I found this book thrilling, beautiful, and well-thought. I don't usually have romance novels in my favorites, but this one surpasses the others.
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I don't think I've ever read a book wherein the author has woven her words together so magically. KW is an exceptionally gifted writer. This story begins on a cold misty night in London when a desperate young woman enters into a bargain with a man who is destined to hang. Believing him a total wretch she sees this bargain serves her own good and she believes it will only hold her until he dies, yet she will receive all she could want from it. But as fate would have it, true love somehow endures and their beautiful tale really begins once we are spirited to Los Camellos, a tropical island owned by Shanna's father.
Slowly we see Shanna's cool disposition melt under Ruark's loving and tender care. I could go on and tell you all about the rest of this exotic love story, but I don't want to ruin it for you. I'll just say that I fell in love with the characters in this novel, and not just the main ones. I felt I knew each of them with their own distinct personalities, not only that... I cared for them. I laughed with them, cried with them and I truly felt as though I was watching it all unfold.
The plot was fasinating and the romance and sensuality in this book was steaming! This book could make you feel that true, eternal love really does exist! Plus, the writing was so beautiful, the descriptions so vivid... there were times tears just came to my eyes at the way their feelings were described for each other. I think I felt every possible emotion while reading this book and for that reason I have put it in the top 3 favourite books I have ever read! When a book can pull raw emotion out of you and leave you reeling with the feeling that you have experienced what the characters have... well then it is an extrordinary book! Shanna is worth a permanent spot on any readers bookshelf. A true classic.
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