Island of the Swans

Island of the Swans

Publisher: Random House/Bantam, 1989; Random House/Ballantine, 1998; Reissued in a restored edition by Sourcebooks Landmark, February, 2010.

ISBN: 9781402222689


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An award-winning, bestselling biographical novel based on the life of the flamboyant political figure, Jane Maxwell, the 4th Duchess of Gordon (1749-1812)—one of the most influential women of her time.  A patroness of the poet Robert Burns, advisor to King George III, friend to Queen Charlotte, she was the mastermind behind her husband’s political success, and a rival of the equally flamboyant Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire.  Rich in historical detail, passion and intrigue, the novel brings to life one of the most celebrated beauties of her day whose tempestuous marriage after she thought her childhood sweetheart was killed created a lifelong love triangle that threatened to destroy them all.

“Ware’s meticulous research and first class talent for invention reclaims a woman lost to history, a powerful and controversial figure in her day, and all but unknow in ours.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“Ciji Ware is a true master at bringing to life a story so fascinating that it should come with a warning–do not start unless you want to be up all night!”

Romantic Times

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Awards & Accolades

  • Best Biographical Historical Novel of 1989' from Romantic Times, a women's fiction trade organization.
  • The Dorothy Parker Award for Excellence in Fiction, 2001.
  • 'Golden Quill' award for Historical Fiction from Edna Davidson Salon, Los Angeles for ISLAND OF THE SWANS
  • Recorded unabridged by Books On Tape, Newport Beach, CA.

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