Island of the Swans by Ciji Ware

By Ciji Ware

Re-issued in its unique complete size, this acclaimed and bestselling romantic old novel by way of award-winning writer Ciji Ware tells the genuine tale of passionate and flamboyant Jane Maxwell, the 4th Duchess of Gordon (1749-1812). In love because formative years with Thomas Fraser, whilst she hears that he is been killed in the US, she marries the Duke of Gordon with disastrous effects. yet Fraser, greatly alive, returns to England to say her love. as well as telling a heart-wrenching love tale, Island of the Swans additionally paints a desirable portrait of a robust and arguable girl and the tumultuous period during which she lived. Patroness of poet Robert Burns, consultant to King George, painted by means of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Jane Maxwell used to be a towering determine in her personal time and is an unforgettable heroine. (20100126)

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With that, he gave her unbandaged left hand a soft squeeze, transferring it gently to Lady Maxwell’s waiting grasp and quietly left the room. “Don’t go,” Jane said in a whisper only her mother could hear. ” Two September 1763 S imon Fraser shifted his massive bulk uncomfortably in his favorite chair. He was unaccustomed to entertaining female visitors in his down-at-the-heels Edinburgh townhouse, save for the occasional wench whom he spirited up the servants’ stairs to his private bedchamber. In any event, he was certainly not used to serving tea.

Cried a tanner clad in an apron, his face nearly purple with Jock’s contagious rage. ” shouted another who ran beside the barrel-chested Sinclair. ” Jane felt the bile rise to her throat. Eglantine began to weep. Catherine tried to shield and comfort their younger sister. Then something in the marshes caught Jane’s eye. “Oh, God… no! ” screamed Catherine as she observed her sister racing down the steep incline toward a small dinghy moored in a patch of reeds. The crowd was now moving as one along the bank, following Jock.

Lady Maxwell nodded to the lad, reluctantly granting him permission to return to Jane’s bedside. “Jenny, lass, you’re safe in your mother’s house now—not to worry, pet,” he said. He suddenly felt painfully self-conscious in Lady Maxwell’s presence. ” “I know, Jenny girl… I know. ” “Hold my good hand,” Jane gulped between uneven breaths. With that, he gave her unbandaged left hand a soft squeeze, transferring it gently to Lady Maxwell’s waiting grasp and quietly left the room. “Don’t go,” Jane said in a whisper only her mother could hear.

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