By Ciji Ware
Re-issued in its unique complete size, this acclaimed and bestselling romantic ancient novel through award-winning writer Ciji Ware tells the genuine tale of passionate and flamboyant Jane Maxwell, the 4th Duchess of Gordon (1749-1812). In love on account that youth with Thomas Fraser, while she hears that he is been killed in the United States, she marries the Duke of Gordon with disastrous effects. yet Fraser, a great deal alive, returns to England to assert her love. as well as telling a heart-wrenching love tale, Island of the Swans additionally paints a desirable portrait of a strong and debatable lady 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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She whispered fiercely. “You might even one day be called Lady Jane if I get back what’s rightly mine,” Thomas said half-mockingly. “Don’t waste your dreams on that,” Jane said flatly. ” she asked gloomily. ” “He’s not, to be sure,” Thomas replied, “but we musn’t arouse his or your mother’s suspicions that we plan to marry until I take my training and am given my lieutenancy. ” Jane looked as if she wanted to challenge the plan he had outlined, but, instead, she put her arms around him and pulled his body down along the length of hers.
Thomas stared down at the little mole at the base of Jane’s slender throat. He had an uneasy feeling that much of what this girl, poised on the brink of womanhood, said was true. ” There. He’d said it. Thomas had missed seeing her daily in Edinburgh since his return. And it was not his lifelong playmate for which he pined. He had missed her as a woman. He and Jane were children no longer, and Thomas suspected that Lady Maxwell had long been calculating the worth of her comely progeny. As Thomas stared down at Jane’s lovely face, he wondered if she were aware that she faced a stormy future.
There was nothing to see, really, for the miserable cottage had long been stripped of anything of value, if anything of value had ever been housed within its thick stone walls to begin with. “They both died on a bed that was pushed against that wall,” Simon said somberly, pointing toward a corner of the room graced only with a dirt floor. “First Sir Thomas, a few weeks before you were born, and then your mother, Marguerite, right after she… froze to death or starved, they told me. ” Simon turned his back to Thomas and his voice sounded hoarse.