The Year the Swans Came by Barbara Spencer

  • File Size: 4325 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
  • Language: English

Description

Best friends Ruth and Maidy live next door to one another. Stunningly beautiful, rich and wilful, Ruth has always insisted she will marry Pieter, Maidy’s eldest brother, only for him to vanish from their lives late one night. Is his disappearance linked to the arrival of the swans, feared as cursed and birds of ill-fortune?
What will happen when they return six years later, on the morning of Maidy’s sixteenth birthday?
“★★★★★ It didn’t take me long to get into this story. I found it gripping and intriguing…It touched my imagination and fed my romantic nature gently so that I was reluctant to put it down when I had to and looked forward to reading on as soon as I got the chance,” – Verified Amazon Reviewer
“★★★★★ …it is beautifully written, the descriptions powerful, tender, evocative, the characters rounded – some that you will love, some that you will pity, some that you may despise or be irritated by, but all imprinting themselves on your mind and staying with you long after the end of the book,” – Verified Amazon Reviewer
“★★★★★ This book captivated me from the beginning, I struggled to put it down the characters leapt out of the text and formed images in my mind. Wonderful,” – Verified Amazon Reviewer
“★★★★★ This is a beautifully written coming-of-age story, that weaves legend with reality in a compelling blend. It has been described as a fairy tale but it is so much more,” – Janet – Verified Amazon Reviewer
“★★★★★ A different and unique twist on the usual fantasy novel, really imaginative. I loved the characters these were well written and relatable, so much I happily disliked other characters on their behalf. A well crafted tale, good pacing and interesting plot,” – Tara K – Verified Amazon Reviewer

And who exactly is the charismatic and mysterious Zande?

Follow Ruth and Maidy’s cursed tale of love as they discover what happened to Pieter, and how the appearance of Zande will affect both their lives, unleashing events as tragic and fantastical as one of Maidy’s stories.

Comment: I could read this book over and over and never tire of it. A brilliantly crafted and beautiful story, with magic flowing through every page.

“What a fantastic book. A lovely story so well written and descriptive you could feel yourself there.” Pauline Barclay – Founder of Chill with a Book Awards”