Island of the Swans is the story of Jane Maxwell, the Fourth Duchess of Gordon, from Scotland. I adore historical fiction so given the chance to read something from an author I hadn’t read before, I jumped at the chance. The book is excellent. Ciji Ware is a wonderful storyteller and an obvious amount of research and work went into the telling of Jane’s tale. Apart from all the history included, I love how the author incorporates real people into the story (Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire, for one).
Full of tragic romance, the book definitely sent me on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. Don’t forget to bring your tissues when you settle in to read this one – you are going to need them! The book is long, but not drawn-out. And I never found myself wishing it would end. In fact, I want a sequel…or a movie! Anything that will give me more. The only good thing about being done reading this book is that I will finally get to sleep!
Many thanks to Danielle at Sourcebooks for sending me this fabulous book.