Island of the Swans

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Feb 1, 2010 - Fiction - 592 pages
16 Reviews

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.

 

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User Review  - Limelite - LibraryThing

Historically, mildly interesting, but lackluster in literary qualities. The largely romantic life story of the Duchess of Gordon, unhappily married to the Duke, a misogynist, while in love with Thomas ... Read full review

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User Review  - Allison G - Goodreads

Wow, this was the first book I've read by Ciji Ware and I *REALLY* liked it. The historical background, the true-to-history characters, and actual events were well-researched and made the book very ... Read full review

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Contents

Part 1
1
Chapter 1
3
Chapter 2
21
Chapter 3
29
Chapter 4
41
Chapter 5
53
Chapter 6
65
Chapter 7
77
Chapter 22
337
Part 3
361
Chapter 23
363
Chapter 24
375
Chapter 25
399
Chapter 26
417
Chapter 27
435
Chapter 28
447

Chapter 8
93
Chapter 9
109
Chapter 10
117
Chapter 11
127
Part 2
145
Chapter 12
147
Chapter 13
167
Chapter 14
189
Chapter 15
203
Chapter 16
225
Chapter 17
241
Chapter 18
261
Chapter 19
275
Chapter 20
293
Chapter 21
315
Chapter 29
467
Chapter 30
483
Part 4
499
Chapter 31
501
Chapter 32
519
Chapter 33
533
Chapter 34
553
Acknowledgments
567
Postscript
570
Reading Group Guide
571
Wicked Company
575
About the Author
582
Back Cover
583
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

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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