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Shanna [Hardcover]

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A romance masterpiece Jan. 12 2004
By Ellen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a 5-star! Nov. 3 2002
By Dana
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing novel of danger, desire and true love! Oct. 28 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars This REALLY IS the BEST historical romance EVER! May 28 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Shanna was the first romance I'd ever read and I've been a fan of KEW's books ever since (though "A Season Beyond a Kiss" was so bad I never finished it - Jeff Birmingham deserved better!). I first read it over 15 years ago when I was a teenager and I've re-read it innumerable times since.
Shanna and Ruark are great characters - especially Ruark! He's so cool! He adapts to every situation and somehow turns almost every one to his advantage. Which makes Shanna nuts since all her plans seem to go awry! Their relationship is entirely tempestuous and lots of fun to watch. While Shanna is likeable in a spoiled brat kind of way, Ruark is completely loveable! Smart, sexy and always keeps his sense of humor. Shanna can't resist his pull though she desperately wants to.
There are plenty of mysteries, twists & turns, pirates, murders and suspicions to keep the story interesting as well as several different locales including London, the Carribean and Virginia in the American Colonies.
The gist of the story is spoiled rich girl is given one year in London to find a husband before her father chooses one for her. When said daughter's year is near it's end and no prince charming is found, Shanna comes up with the devious scheme of marrying a due to hang prisoner with an aristocratic-sounding name. In this way, she gains a "husband", loses him in a "carriage accident", returns home to the Carribean a "widow" and gets her father off her back. Ruark being said prisoner (convicted of a murder he claims he didn't commit) is offered improved conditions until his death, a decent burial and the thing he wants most - to spend his wedding night with his bride. Both agree to THE BARGAIN and wed. However, Shanna has no intention of honoring the wedding night part earning Ruark's rage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Part2 made up for part1
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
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. Read more
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Published on June 1 2010 by BookLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put...
This is the best romantic novel ever written. Period.

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Published on Feb. 25 2008 by Tropigirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic and Loooong Romance!
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Published on May 18 2004 by ellejir
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had expected of a romantic novel - Better!
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... Read more
Published on May 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly romantic
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. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Cheryl A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it for the characters...
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). Read more
Published on April 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great from page 1!!!!
I have become a huge fan of Kathleen Woodiwiss after a friend gave me one of her books. Since then, I have snatched up as many others as I can find, and am thoroughly enjoying each... Read more
Published on April 4 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Kathleen's best novel
I find that most Kathleen Woodiwiss novels are extremely over-written, with way too much detail & plots that move along slooooowly...(and don't have enough romance!)... Read more
Published on March 19 2004
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