Island of the Swans

Island of the Swans

by Ciji Ware

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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 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 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
LucyB. on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The story of Jane Maxwell Duchess of Gordon, in the 18thc, as told by the excellent author, Ciji Ware is a masterpiece read; an epic on its own. I hadn¿t really read much about this feisty Duchess who climbed to the highest rank of nobility. Fashionable, politically savvy, doting mom, business woman¿but in this magnificent novel, she mostly wears her role as a love-torn woman whose soul could never find peace.The story begins with Jane as a mischievous young girl, who defies her mother in more ways than one. Against her mother¿s will, her best friend, Thomas Fraser would become her secret betrothed. Thomas¿ uncle, Simon Fraser, being of the same mind as Jane¿s mother, would come into a pact with the latter to make sure the two youngsters stayed apart forever. It was Jane¿s mother¿s wish that her most beautiful daughter marry in the highest ranks of nobility. For Simon Fraser, the family lands needed to be fought for and salvaged back to their rightful owners of the Highlands, the Fraser family¿and so¿Thomas Fraser is sent off as a Scottish soldier to fight the American war. Although Jane begs him to stay, Thomas is excited about this adventure and promises to marry her when he gets back. Their last evening together at a beautiful ball filled with dancing and merriment, Jane, who is angry that Thomas is leaving, decides to make him jealous. She dances with the dashing Duke of Gordon. A brawl almost erupts between the two young men who don¿t like eachother to begin with (a story starting way back when the three of them were all very young¿and where Jane succumbs to a terrible accident..)So, off goes Thomas and (I need to skip a spoiler here- and jump to)¿Jane Maxwell marries the Duke of Gordon..huh? Yeah, you need to read the story to understand what really happens here..;This saga is tragic to say the least. It is an emotional roller-coaster from beginning to end. First of all, the book is no menial chunkster at 565 pages- so settle in comfy cause you¿re in for bouts of hopes and delusions-a real tear jerker. Although this novel is mainly about a mega love story, there is a lot of interesting history involving well-known historical figures, such as: Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire (Jane¿s ultimate political and fashion rival), George III and his Queen (who love Jane), The Princes and many more. I loved to read about their interactions, the civil war happening in America, the Whigs and the Torys- but yes, of course, what stole the show was Jane Maxwell¿s constant search for happiness and quench for love.Island of The Swans is the kind of book that I can totally see being made for the Big Screen¿ Gone With The Wind kind of style- Absolutely. If there is one thing though that did turn me off a little, that was the too many racy love scenes. I could have done with fewer of those (they seemed to be interjected in there constantly). And although I do understand the author¿s reasoning behind a few of these, some of the details, I personally found a bit too graphic for my liking. But other than that, this was a phenomenal read!
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This historical novel vividly recreates 18th-century Scotland, England, and America as it recounts the tale of a duchess separated from the man she loves and tormented by her jealous husband. Jane Maxwell is determined to marry her childhood sweetheart, Thomas Fraser, but she agrees to marry the Duke of Gordon when she receives the mistaken news that Thomas is dead in North America. When Thomas returns, Jane is tormented between her lover and her husband. The one thing I did not like about this novel is how long the love triangle went on with little progress in the story line other than the characters aging. Still, a good read overall and has peaked my interest in Jane Maxwell, a fascinating 18th-century figure.
knittingmomof3 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A beautifully well written and researched novel. An absolute must read for all who like historical fiction/romance.
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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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