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Shanna [Hardcover]

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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Jan. 1 1991
In 1749, heiress Shanna Trahern marries convict Ruark Beauchamp, only to abandon her bridegroom to set sail to the Caribbean, with her determined bridegroom in pursuit. Originally in paperback. 25,000 first printing.
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"A legend . . . The queen of historical romance." -- -- Alanta Journal-Constitution

"A phenomenon." -- -- New York Times --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Part2 made up for part1 April 6 2014
By Karen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
All along I thought Shanna selfish, a snob and stupid. The miseries Ruark endured because of her are frustrating to read about. I thought this book deserved a 2stars.
But then part 2 of the book began, and the story then became more interesting...making up for part 1. Then things got better and finally there was love. I'm a huuuge romantic who loves love, and a book filled with it(at least for part 2 in this case) is well worth a read. When the book ended I was actually sad. So I gave it a 4stars.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic and Loooong Romance! May 18 2004
By ellejir
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At well over 600 pages, this book is much longer than your average romance novel and it is packed with location changes and secondary characters, mysteries and misunderstandings. Part of the action takes place near Richmond Virginia and I was stunned at the research that must have gone into the book when I realized that the throw-away locations of roads that they took and inns at which they stopped were *accurate*!
The best part of the book was the hero, Ruark. He was a fabulous character who made the best of everything that life threw at him. The character of Shanna was more problematic for me (hence only 4 stars). Frankly, she was a selfish, self-pitying, manipulative, lying brat at the beginning of the book and she took almost 600 pages to realize that Ruark's love was more precious than her pride and her fancy dresses. Of course, she was *drop-dead* beautiful, but how on earth did she ever get a fantastic guy like Ruark to fall in love with her? She *slowly* matures during the course of the book, but she is so immature and selfish during the initial part of the story than I could not ever really like her. (A minority opinion, perhaps, since many other reviewers *loved* the character of Shanna.) Alot of her behavior is excused by other characters because she was "spoiled" (yeah, no kidding) or "very young" (actually she was 21 or 22 years old, not really all that young). Her only other good characteristics (besides her stunning beauty) were her plucky spirit and her intermittent concern for the villagers on her father's island (she also rides very well.) In her favor, she is a strong character--consistent and rarely boring, even when she is most annoying.
Despite my reservations about Shanna, this is a very good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Romance Novel of all time!!! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Oct. 17 2011
By Amazon User TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Kathleen really knows how to write a Romance novel. I have never been a reader/fan of Romance novels until I picked one up by this author in the late 70s. I have purchased all of her books so far and have never been disappointed with any of them. I enjoy sinking into one of her stories, even in the middle of my work day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put... Feb. 25 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the best romantic novel ever written. Period.

Judith McNaught (Whitney, My Love), Jude Devereaux (A Knight in Shining Armor), and Johanna Lindsey may presume, but none touch The Queen, may she rest in peace. Even after all these years, Shanna still reigns supreme.
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By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before this book was given to me, I wouldn't have dared to touch a "romantic" novel! Ms. Woodiwiss definitely cleared my library space for many of her other novels soon after I read Shanna! I was hooked. Shanna gave me the escape that I needed and it certainly wasn't as corny as I had expected a novel of this category to be. Ms. Woodiwiss' heroines are strong, slightly vulnerable and quite determined to reach whatever goals they have set for themselves and they do so successfully. Those goals could mean escape from captivity, marriage to a desired beau, reclaiming due property, etc. Her stories have it all and her prose also sets the tone perfectly for the period. I also highly recommend The Wolf and The Dove as well as The Flame and The Flower.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly romantic April 24 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This has been my favorite historical romance of all time for over 20 years. I loved this book so much, I named my daughter Shanna. Ruark and Shanna are the most unforgettable couple in romance fiction. As I said in the title, Incredibly romantic about sums it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it for the characters... April 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kathleen Woodiwiss does it again -- creating an unforgettable romantic duo. This book is LONG, however, and should be read at one's leisure (and you will need lots of it). But, that in itself creates a dreaminess about this book which I think KEW intended. The island setting -- the clouds wistifully floating by --- it's all here for you to seep in. I will never forget Shanna and Ruark, I cried when the book was over. A romance masterpiece!
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