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Carnal Gift [Libro de bolsillo]

Pamela Clare

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Great romance AND historical accuracy. . . a rare treat these days! 5 de enero de 2012
Por Joyously Retired Teacher - Publicado en
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
Picture it: It's the mid-eighteenth century when the English are occupying Ireland and pretty much treating all the Irish like serfs. It's against the law to teach the Irish to read and write; Catholicism is outlawed and priests are hung; Catholics and Protestants are not allowed to marry. Attending a Catholic mass or giving an Irishman a gun will get you hung for treason, even if you are from a prominent family.

Brighid and her brothers are poor Irish who must survive on their own after their schoolteacher father is arrested (for teaching reading and writing) and sold as a slave in Barbados. Life is hard, but they are hard workers, determined to live honorably in spite of the tough conditions. Unfortunately, Brighid is uncommonly beautiful, and catches the eye of the local English earl, who takes her by force and gives her to his friend Jamie Blackwell, who is visiting from the Colonies, as a gift.

Now Jamie is no angel; it was he who started this chain of events by his obvious interest in the beautiful Irish girl. But when he is presented with her as a gift and expected to rape her--under the watchful eye of his cruel friend--he finds a way to fake it and rescue her from the earl, who he knows will certainly expect to have his turn at her when Jamie is gone.

However, while trying to escape the earl's home, Jamie is attacked by one of Brighid's brothers, who thinks James is abducting her. Since Brighid owes him for not taking her virginity, she persuades her brothers to find a hideaway where she contrives to save his life. By this time, the two are beginning to develop real feelings for each other, but refuse to acknowledge them, knowing there is no possible future. They cannot marry (either in Ireland or England) because of the religious bigotry of the time, nor can the devout Brighid be his mistress. In addition, the crazy earl is hopping mad and determined to take revenge on Brighid's family, as well as Jamie himself.

Another issue is that Jamie has come to England to request help in repelling the attacks on British colonists by the French and the Indians. It doesn't help that he has made a powerful enemy of his former friend; however, he cannot jusify allowing his friend to destroy Brighid's family.

The author states that she has restored 100 pages of her original manuscript that had to be cut from the printed version in 2004; and I am glad she did. The historical details gave this story an authenticity that one doesn't see very often. One minor complaint: toward the end a former love of Jamie's named Sarah was briefly mentioned, but other than the implication that she had turned down Jamie's marriage proposal and given him a distaste for marriage, nothing more was said. I'm assuming this was in the previous book in the series, which I will be reading next. Or perhaps this part was inadvertently left out?

But that is such a small issue that I can't even justify taking a star from the rating. I loved the honor and loyalty demonstrated by the characters, the touching devotion of the Irish for their country and their justified resentment for the way they were treated by the English. It is sad that I see some of this same bigotry today by Americans toward immigrants, ethnic groups, poor people, women, and homosexuals, just to mention a few. The fact that these attitudes exist do not surprise me so much as the willingness by people to express their prejudices in public. Has the human race learned NOTHING from the tragedies of the past?

This is an outstanding love story, but also something that will give you pause for reflection.
14 de 14 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Great bloody story ... 2 de octubre de 2011
Por Mo - Publicado en
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
Just finished this book - LOVED IT. Had been a bit skeptical about reading something about Ireland and Irish characters especially by non-Irish authors (I am Irish so I feel I have the right to be critical). Was I wrong. Everything from the historical aspect to the language (even the bad language - when she mentioned someone's bloody gob it made me laugh as it something I would say myself - gob is someone's mouth in case you are wondering). The Irish/Gaelic translations were spot on even down to the accents on the letters - well done to your Irish language expert. Could feel the hate the Irish had for the bloody Sassanachs (and believe me they did and some still do - our history runs deep and passionate). It made me want to pick up my pike and start another bloody revolution ...... well nearly. This book is book 2 of the Kenleigh/Blackwell series and I enjoyed the first one in the series just as much as this one (Sweet Release is Book 1). Can't want for the next book. I hadn't realized Pamela Clare wrote historicals as I am more familiar with her Suspense books but I am glad I discovered this book. Eireann go Bragh!!!
17 de 19 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas CARNAL GIFT The Saga Continues 27 de marzo de 2004
Por Kally Jo Surbeck - Publicado en
Formato:Libro de bolsillo
Though I enjoyed the intense detail and historical accuracy of SWEET RELEASE (2003), I was delighted by how much I enjoyed the characters and the plot of CARNAL GIFT (2004). In the continuing family saga, which had engrossed me in SR, I found friends that I found myself rooting for and hoping for their happiness. Both Jamie and Brighid captured my heart and my imagination in their plight for love, freedom and happiness. If you are looking for an engaging historical, I recommend both SR and CG. Thumbs up.
26 de 31 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Carnal Gift is a Gift of love! 14 de abril de 2004
Por Vickie McCloud - Publicado en
Formato:Libro de bolsillo
Pamela Clare has done did it again! Has she EVER!
I just watched the sun come up after having spent the whole night reading what I consider a "read of the year"! I don't even know where to begin. I'm simply stunned.
Pamela Clare has been compared to the uncomparible Johanna Lindsay and while she definitely has a writing style that is all her own, she takes us back to the "vintage" era of romance writing in the excellent style of Johanna Lindsey and others who's writing we so loved and sorely miss.
Each & every character, from the most beloved to the most reviled, will touch you in some way. You will connect with not only the main characters, but everyone in between. She has given such life and emotion to her secondary characters that you will not want to leave any of them behind. And that in my opinion is a rare talent.
This is a story of immense love of family as well as between a man and woman. One can see that each & every character came from her own love of them and they live within her heart which is so obvious as they enter your heart too.
"Carnal Gift" is a sterling example of what the genre began as and should always be, from beginning to end. And, I myself give it a TOP PICK!
OH! And did I mention.......HOT? Lawwwwdamighty girls, hang on to your drawers!
18 de 23 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Awesome! Totally Awesome! 2 de diciembre de 2004
Por M. Rondeau - Publicado en
Formato:Libro de bolsillo
Setting - 1754 - Ireland and England --- This was an extremely good historical that showed us atrocities heaped upon the Irish by the English, with strong tones of religious persecution. The protagonists are Brighid, a poor Irish peasant girl and Jamie Blakewell, an American colonist come to seek a favor from an old school chum, Sheff, who in their intervening years from pleasant schooldays pranks and carousing had changed immeasurably to a bitter and vengeful man.

During an English hunt the party came upon an outlawed Catholic funeral and Jamie would be struck by the beauty and innate pride of the peasant maid Brighid. Sheff, ready to hang the peasants for practicing their outlawed religion was held back by Jamie's impassioned plea for leniency. Sheff making note of his friend's attraction to the peasant girl later arranged to have her snatched back to his hunting lodge as a surprise gift for Jamie. By threatening the life of her brothers, Brighid would be blackmailed into appearing willing. Jamie, knowing that they were being observed had all he could do to convince Brighid that he would not harm her and convince his `peeping Tom' friend that he was `doing the deed'. The fact that Bridhid's hatred and contempt for all things Sasanach, including the handsome stranger, would make his heroic attempt to save her all the more difficult. Not withstanding, of course was Jamie's attraction for the beautiful maid and only his honor and innate goodness would make keeping her safe from Sheff as problematic as keeping her safe from himself.

The nefarious undertones of this novel were superb showing the libertine and morally depraved actions of Jamie's friend. As both Brighid and Jamie came to realize a love between them that could never be between a Catholic and a Protestant, the sensuality of the hopelessness was skillfully written with heart wrenching emotion. This was an obstacle that I have rarely seen have as much prominence in a historical romance thus far, yet, the romance, the thoughtfulness and kindness were truly a joy to experience. In addition, to the protagonist's story there is also a sweetly rendered romance between Brighid's brother Fionn and friend Murin. Sprinkled liberally with sensuality, action, adventure, and some wonderful doses of Goidelic phrases, this is a novel to please all lovers of this historical romance genre.

***** Marilyn Rondeau, Official Reviewer for
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