Shanna Hardcover – Jan 1 1991
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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.See all Product Description
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I read an older German interview with the author, from sometime in the early 2000s, (http://www.die-buecherecke.de/woodiwi...) 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 It is such a shame that Kathleen E. Woodwiss's story should be forgotten by the silver screen because of outdated, sexist reasons.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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Enjoyed every minute of this book !!!! Recommend it to all, it was full of excitement. The characters kept you wanting more .Published 23 months ago by Cheri
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 morePublished on April 6 2014 by Karen
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 morePublished on Oct. 17 2011 by Amazon User
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,... Read more
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. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by ellejir
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 morePublished on May 4 2004
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 morePublished on April 24 2004 by Cheryl A.
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 morePublished on April 19 2004
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 morePublished on April 4 2004