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The Acadians: Gabrielle (Zebra Ballad Romance) [Paperback]

Cherie Claire

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Falling for dashing smuggler Captain Jean Bouclaire, Gabrielle Gallant's newfound happiness in the arms of the handsome rogue is shattered when a duel goes terribly wrong, causing Jean to flee, and Gabrielle must summon up the courage to risk everything to find the man she loves. Original.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High spirited and intense! Very highly recommended 12 May 2001
By C. Penn - Published on Amazon.com
Gabrielle is a woman of action, not one given to wait. Her endless desire for action leads to a deep, abiding love of the sea. In fact, the only place she truly feels comfortable is on the water. As a child she learned to sail back in Nova Scotia, going along on fishing trips throughout the Minas Basin. So it only makes sense that she would fall in love with a sea captain. Too bad that one minute she believes she nothing but a playful diversion, and the next she believes he loves her passionately, and only something unspoken keeps them apart.
Captain Jean Bouclaire is a smuggler, making his living from contraband. It's a dangerous life, and he believes Gabrielle deserves better. The only female he's ever loved as much as Gabrielle is his thirteen-year-old daughter Delphine. His daughter's mother refused to marry him all those years ago because he had no social standing and no wealth. Now Delphine's mother would rather spend the child support money on frippery than on food. Soon Jean must learn that both the love of his wife and his daughter must not be sacrificed because of his ideals about what they deserve.
Gabrielle's family waits impatiently for the return of her father and the reuniting of the family after thirteen years. Deftly weaving the loose threads to a conclusion while creating a buoyant, joyful romance, GABRIELLE spans time and distance to prove love does conquer all. I do hope that Claire intends to write an entire novel around the charming and spunky daughter Delphine. Indeed, Claire's remarkable Arcadian trilogy culminates a outstanding body of work, and establishing her remarkable story telling abilities. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Romance! 1 Sep 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
A pirate, a strong woman, and a hot romance in sultry Louisiana . . . what more can you ask for in a historical? With a thrilling plot, Cherie Claire keeps the reader turning the pages, and the historical detail is added seamlessly. If you've read the first two books in this trilogy, you've been waiting for this touching ending--and you won't be disappointed. This story stands well alone, but if you haven't read the earlier books already, it will make you want to run out and buy them!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic saga conclusion! 29 Mar 2001
By Elizabeth Benway - Published on Amazon.com
Gabrielle Gallant watches day after day as her mother waits and pines for the return of her loving husband Joseph, Gabrielle's own dear father. It has been thirteen years since his exile which had separated him from his family. Being deeply in love herself, Gabrielle begins to wonder if she too is destined to long for her beloved's return with no chance of happiness.
Captain Jean Bouclaire is forced into a duel that turns tragic which makes him a wanted man. He longs to be with his lovely Gabi but feels she deserves much more than what he, a pirate fleeing the law, can provide her with. Jean desperately wants a life with Gabrielle but realizes he can not fight the inevitable.
The passion is hot and the love plentiful in this wonderful conclusion of Ms Claire's trilogy. It is much more than a romantic tale! The secondary characters are great, particularly a courageous young lady whom will surely one day grow to be an outstanding woman. What about a reunion with Joseph Gallant? Well you will have to read this book yourself to find that out. If you have not read this trilogy you don't know what you're missing!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pirate and smuggler daunted by two women. 7 July 2001
By Affaire de Coeur - Published on Amazon.com
Jean Bouclaire was unfortunate enough to have two strong-willed women who wanted to share in every aspect of his life--his daughter Delphine and the love of his life Gabrielle Gallant. In the Louisiana Territory of 1768, those women proved to be both a hindrance and a boon. He was an independent business man, a pirate, and a smuggler. He did not want either woman with him, regardless of how much they wanted to be with him. Fate conspired against him. The settings for this story were many and varied, all well researched and well described. Enough history was mingled throughout the story to achieve a realistic feel without bogging down the flow. French phrases sprinkled about added to the feel. The characters were well defined, including the secondary ones, and the plot was well paced. The final part of a trilogy, the book can be read alone and still enjoyed. The ending of the story was a bit too contrived and expected, but did not detract from the overall enjoyability.
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