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Shanna

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Great Read

    I just noticed this book as a former free boo friday selection...and wow...did it take me back?

    I read this when I was about 21.... at my sister's recommendation...It was one of the reasons I became an avid reader of all kinds of books.....

    This author allowed this character to be so interesting....you wanted to read about other fictional characters in all kinds of genres....

    When I read this book, I was more of a dreamer, and this book took that vice of mine to a place that made it possible for there to be a Shanna and many characters like her to exist between the pages...

    When a writer does that, you want to read more of their writing...Shanna will make you want to read all of this writers work....I have never been disappointed in KW book...

    I am older now....and my tastes in fiction has changed somewhat...but when I see or hear KW mentioned...it takes me back to a very sweet time in my life where I was dazzled by simply opening a book...my love of reading was born because of this writer...and for that, I will always be grateful...

    For years I kept this book on the top shelf of my closet....and would vow to read it again when the memory of the story had faded....however...it never did fade....I eventually felt a little guilty that I had kept the book to myself for so long....and thought why not pass it on to others....so I let it go eventually...and now that I have a nook...

    I will put it back on my shelf....as it will remind me not only of one of the best love stories written....but my sister who introduced me to a book that changed the way I spent time to myself.....

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    this is one GREAT READ!! It compares to the GONE WITH THE WIND

    this is one GREAT READ!! It compares to the GONE WITH THE WIND of my teen generation. I read this book some thirty years ago while I was in Germany, I loaned it to someone else to read and never got it back. I searched for years for another copy and finally found one in a second hand book store. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a wonderful romance novel that will trigger enough emotions to keep thinking of the book years after you finish it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    The Best ... BY the Best

    Woodiwiss will forever be the be all end all of all romance writers in my opinion. I will never get sick of picking up my tattered copy of this book and reading it over and over again. I am more in love with him each time I read it - :) Woodiwiss to me wrote the best historical romance novel ever when she penned Shanna - it will never be topped - :)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Good Good romance

    Love this author work great hero but didnt like how many times shanna threw him to the dogs but he loved her and didnt give up on her would recomend

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Classic!!

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. I have read this book several times over the years and each time it captivates me. Love, love, love it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Love this book!

    Shanna was the first book I read by Kathleen E Woodiwss and because of it I have read all of her other books too. She has amazing creativity and her characters capture you from page one. If you aren't sure whether you should read her I say, you should. And you should start with Shanna because its one of her best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Love this story

    As good as I remembered from years ago when I first read it. You can see how much Shanna grows up over the course of the story, and even how much more mature the hero she finally comes to know and love becomes. I like how the characters have distinct personalities, and are well developed. The storyline is phenomenal, with a little of everything in it, and it is all tightly woven together in a master plotline. I am old enough to remember how different this book was from any other romance novel when it came out. It was a masterfully done story which was really the first to give the romance genre respectability because of the wonderful quality of the writing. I can remember the librarian asking me if I had heard of this book and recommending it by saying it was not like anything else out there or any other book published. Many years later, I can say that the love scenes which are so realistic and at the time caused quite a stir because they are descriptive in a way that wasn't done in books before then , got it exactly right. There is a trend in current romances that I have seen that go too far and sacrifice the romance of the story by inserting really gratuitous and vulgar sex scenes between characters that haven't known each other long enough to actual have any real feelings for each other. This book is not like that, and remembers that first and foremost, the love and romance is the most important part. I swear, some of the modern romances come pretty close to pornographic, at the expense of believable character development and a plot that is fully developed and carefully crafted. I enjoyed reading this again, and it's still one of my very favorites after all these years. It is not dated at all, being historical fiction. With everything I've said I hate to mention this, but someone needs to edit this e-version. Everything else is edited fine, but my copy is missing periods at the end of multiple sentences on almost every page. As the original novel had no such problem, it's got to be from when they formatted it to an e-version, but for some reason I haven't seen this mentioned in any other reviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Totally entertaining. Wish my man was so patient when I am spoiled and entitled, but Shanna came through like a champ. Sad when it ended.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    One of my favorite books.....Lots of action through  the end of

    One of my favorite books.....Lots of action through  the end of the book, never a dull moment. LOVE this book.....

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Highly recommended check it out if you love romance...

    I have read Shanna since it came out in paper back., and now I have Purchased it for my NOOK! I have read it many times & just love the storyline.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    This was my very first romance novel.  It is absolutely my all t

    This was my very first romance novel.  It is absolutely my all time favorite.  A strong heroine, a determined hero, vivid scenery and passionate love scenes set the tone for ALL romance novels to come.  I fell in love with Ruark Beauchamp, and I read every Woodiwiss novel - even going back to her first -The Flame and The Flower.  Every now and then I re-read Shanna, and it has not lost its timeless appeal in almost 40 years.  I highly recommend readers purchase this book.  You will not be disappointed, and you will know why Woodiwiss become the Mother of Romance Novels.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    A Classic in Romance...

    Have read this too many times, lost count, over the past few decades. Never gets old.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    WOW!!! Great story!

    I enjoyed this story many years ago in paperback - but this is one that will be loved over and over again. The characters are developed perfectly and the story is wonderful. This is a must have, so I added it to my nook favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    I love this book!!!

    I read this book back in HS. My gram thought it to mature for me and hid it from me. But I found it.......WOW!!

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    My favorite of all. I read this book in the 70's and loved it t

    My favorite of all. I read this book in the 70's and loved it then. So glad I came back t read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Loved it

    Favorite romance novel! I love many of her books but this one is the topper for me. Right from the start it gets you hooked... I love Shanna but I LOVE me some Ruark!!! Enjoy!!!

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Love the book from the beginning to the end.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    good, but not great

    This is one of Woodiwiss' very first books, it is a really good book, but once you have read her other books, you can tell that her writing improved tremendously. The characters are well written,but the storyline seems to drag in several places. I ADORE Woodiwiss book, but this is my least favorite...but I do highly recommend it for your library. ENJOY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    I like her book

    I never read her books before,but will start now.She keeps you interested in the story.I love it.thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Loved it!!!!

    Loved this book!!!

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