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Shanna Hardcover – Jan 1 1991

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  • Hardcover: 666 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books (Jan. 1 1991)
  • ISBN-10: 0861883861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861883868
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews
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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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One raging, irresistible yearning impels the bold adventurer, Ruark Beau Champ, to cross vast and buccanear-infested waters: a burning desire to hold the lovely Shanna once more...and to make her pay for her deceptions with her body, her soul and her heart. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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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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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When I read Shanna, I could not put the book down! Throughout reading the entire novel, I was consistently shocked that there still hadn't been a film adaptation after so many years. Seriously, go right now and email telling them to once again present it to film producers! It's original, a favorite of several generations, and considered by many female readers as one of the (if not the) best historical romance novel, besides Gone With The Wind. It has high adventure, action, Pirates, forbidden love, murder, mystery, sexual tension, sexy main characters, rags vs. riches (...or is it), bad boy vs. good girl, coming of age, scandal, a beautiful heroine who is independent and confident but spoiled and immature, a hero who is brave, high spirited, smart, and sexy. The dialogue is intricate and witty. The writing is so descriptive that you can see everything in your mind; the scene, clothing, hair, body language...

I read an older German interview with the author, from sometime in the early 2000s, ( where she mentioned that she was very excited that film makers, like Orion Pictures, had wanted to adapt Shanna and had even written the several scripts for it, but had changed their minds because most moviegoers were a young male audience?? What?! It is such a shame that Kathleen E. Woodwiss's story should be forgotten by the silver screen because of outdated, sexist reasons. Things have definitely changed since then, just look at the success of Fifty Shades of Grey! There is definitely an audience for the romantic, interesting, and intense storyline and characters of Shanna, and I think film makers should reconsider it.
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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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