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Island of the Swans
     

Island of the Swans

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by Ciji Ware
 

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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

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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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Reading Extravaganza
I couldn't put it down until every last tear was shed and every last sigh sighed... Ciji Ware certainly knows how to touch hearts.
— Lilliana Swistek
From the Publisher
"Witty, intelligent and vivacious." - Books Like Breathing

"An emotionally enveloping story that will tug at your heart with each page turned. Phenomenal storytelling by Ciji Ware. " - Blog Critics

"A deliciously wonderful novel of fiction and history culminating into a rich historical romance filled with tender affection and wrenching heartache." - Rundpinne

"With it's intriguing characters, exciting dialogues, and a highly interesting woman at the center of it all, Island of the Swans is a must read. A Reviewer Top Pick!" - Night Owl Romance

"Ciji Ware has created a gorgeous tapestry of the time period, woven around the love conflicts of Jane Maxwell Gordon. " - Booksie's Blog

"Ciji Ware has written an unforgettable tale that easily brings this Duchess of Gordon to life and into your heart." - The Burton Review

"A phenomenal read! " - Enchanted by Josephine

"I was completely immersed in this story. " - Jenny Loves to Read

"Island of the Swans is a romantic tale that reminds you love does not always play a fair game with your heart. " - Smexy Books

"Sweeping... " - Apprentice Writer

Books Like Breathing
Witty, intelligent and vivacious.
— Grace Loiacono
Blog Critics
An emotionally enveloping story that will tug at your heart with each page turned. Phenomenal storytelling by Ciji Ware.
— Wisteria Leigh
Rundpinne
A deliciously wonderful novel of fiction and history culminating into a rich historical romance filled with tender affection and wrenching heartache.
— Jennifer Higgins
Night Owl Romance
With it's intriguing characters, exciting dialogues, and a highly interesting woman at the center of it all, Island of the Swans is a must read. A Reviewer Top Pick!
— Danya
Booksie's Blog
Ciji Ware has created a gorgeous tapestry of the time period, woven around the love conflicts of Jane Maxwell Gordon.
— Sandie Kirkland
The Burton Review
Ciji Ware has written an unforgettable tale that easily brings this Duchess of Gordon to life and into your heart.
— Marie Burton
Enchanted by Josephine
A phenomenal read!
— Lucy Bertoldi
Jenny Loves to Read
I was completely immersed in this story.
— Jennifer Ritter
Smexy Books
Island of the Swans is a romantic tale that reminds you love does not always play a fair game with your heart.
— Mandi Schriener
Apprentice Writer
Sweeping...
— Maya Missani
Medieval Bookworm
A nice sweeping, epic feel.
— Meghan Burton
Passages to the Past
The combination of meticulous research and Ciji's seemingly effortless writing make for one unforgettable, un-put-down-able novel!
— Amy Bruno
Thoughts from an Evil Overlord
A sweeping historical romance.
— Elizabeth Bogardus
Libby's Library News
Historical fiction at it's finest... Ciji Ware is a master story teller.
— Libby Neas
She Read a Book
Ciji Ware is a wonderful storyteller.
— Virginie Barbeau
Muse in the Fog
An excellent and moving book... Remarkable.
— Svea Love
The Tome Traveller's Weblog
A fantastic historical novel, rich with the lush scenery of Scotland, the glitter of London and lively, interesting characters.
— Carey Anderson
Bookfoolery and Babble
Meticulously researched and detailed; an engrossing read, highly recommended for history and historical-fiction afficianados.
— Nancy Horner
Historical Novels Review
Ware gives readers a satisfying historical novel that is hard to put down once started. This story can't be recommended enough.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402246777
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
192,998
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Ciji Ware is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with tremendous media savvy and charisma in addition to being an author of historical fiction novels. She has appeared on the Today show to promote her books, and continues to be highly involved with her own projects in the television and film industries. 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
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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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