Island of the Swans

Island of the Swans

by Ciji Ware
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Island of the Swans by Ciji Ware

Re-issued in its original full length, this acclaimed and bestselling romantic historical novel by award-winning author Ciji Ware tells the true story of passionate and flamboyant Jane Maxwell, the 4th Duchess of Gordon (1749-1812). In love since childhood with Thomas Fraser, when she hears that he's been killed in America, she marries the Duke of Gordon with disastrous results. But Fraser, very much alive, returns to England to claim her love.

In addition to telling a heart-wrenching love story, Island of the Swans also paints a fascinating portrait of a powerful and controversial woman and the tumultuous era in which she lived. Patroness of poet Robert Burns, advisor to King George, painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Jane Maxwell was a towering figure in her own time and is an unforgettable heroine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402222689
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Pages: 581
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.02(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Ciji Ware has been an Emmy-award winning television producer, reporter, writer, and radio host. A Harvard graduate, she has written numerous historical and romance novels as well as non-fiction. When she's not writing, Ciji is a Scottish history and dancing aficionado. She lives with her husband in San Francisco.

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Island of the Swans 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
sandiek More than 1 year ago
In Island Of The Swans, Ciji Ware follows the life of Jane Maxwell. Born into genteel poverty, the daughter of a minor noble, Jane is a tomboy who lives to escape the strict rules of her upbringing and indulge in madcap adventures. She is joined by her sisters and a neighbor boy, Thomas Fraser. As Jane grows, she is forced to become more ladylike and respectable. She grows into a raving beauty, and her job is to make an advantageous marriage that will help out the family fortunes. Jane catches the eye of Alexander Gordon, the fourth Duke of Gordon. Her heart belongs to her childhood friend, Thomas, but he has gone to America to help the Crown settle the country. When news of his death gets back to England, Jane agrees to marry Alex. But word of Thomas' death was premature, and he returns to England time and again over the decades. Jane is caught between her marriage and children with Alex, and her lifelong love of Thomas. Which man will win out and keep Jane for his own? Ciji Ware has created a gorgeous tapestry of the time period, woven around the love conflicts of Jane Maxwell Gordon, fourth Duchess of Gordon. She weaves in information about the politics of England at the time, famous men, Scottish dancing, poetry, food, and the state of women's status. This is a glorious book and is recommended for lovers of historical romances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! Really an unexpected surprise and pleasure to read. It reminded me of Gone With The Wind, North & South by John Jakes, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. High praise from me! The heroine was a realistic woman in a realistic situation. The plot was engaging and never contrived. The characters were well-defined and compelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story draws the reader in and takes us to another time. G
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book i love to read this book
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Couldn't put it down! A must for historical fiction lovers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book so much. Can't wait to read more on Jane Maxwell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book and was absolutely unprepared for the end of it. The characters were so descriptively and realistically portrayed, and each one added to the overall story line to make it full and complete. I felt many times that I was right there with them in the middle of the events. Will seek more books from this author.
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