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Swan's Chance (The Wild Swan Trilogy #2)
Sweeping through history-from the lush Maryland horse country to the thunder of Gettysburg-the epic sage of Wild Swan continues. The unforgettable story of a family whose lives mirror their country's turbulent growth...a vibrant authentic panorama of its times.
Mass Market Paperback, 688 pages
Published August 1st 1986 by Bantam
(first published August 1st 1985)
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I had this series and read it OVER and OVER. I read it so much the pages were falling out. Then during one of my moves, I lost the books. I miss them as I would like to reread them right now. I just searched my library's online catalog and of course they have books 2 and 3 but not the first. I read this book the first time when I was in high school. My Mom had read the first book and gave it to me to read. I ended up buying the 2nd and 3rd books when they came out as I just enjoyed Wild Swan so ...more
I enjoyed the first book in this series because I like how it was a nice, light story where everything basically worked out. I was hoping this would be the same case for the second, but I found this not to be the case. What really bothered me about this book was how emotionally detached I felt from everything that was happening. There were some real tragedies and deaths of characters we had previously grown close too, but I found the emotional reactions of the characters to be so wooden that it ...more
Sep 05, 2008 Misfit rated it 4 of 5 stars
Swan's Chance begins in 1836 and takes up the story of the Alex and Rane Falconer where Wild Swan left off, as the Falconer family continues to expand their line of Thoroughbred Horses at their farm Wild Swan, along with Rane's ship building enterprise. Their children grow to adulthood, marry and have children of their own as the tensions between the North and South heat up over the issue of slavery. Alex's beloved granddaughter Gincey works with the Underground Railway and during a mission gone ...more
Celeste De Blasis was ahead of her time in her portrayal of strong romantic heroines who took control of their own lives and demanded equal footing with their men. Give Heather from (Kathleen Woodiwiss') The Flame & the Flower her due, but she would have been knocked on her butt by any of De Blasis' formidable women. De Blasis' greatest accomplishment was the Wild Swan trilogy. The novels span the lives of Alexandria Carrington Falconer and her descendants from 1813 to 1894 in both England a ...more
I loved this book just as much as I did the previous Wild Swan. Swan's Chance is the sequel and covers the lives of the Falconers. Rane and Alex are the main protagonists and in this second book there is more of a focus on the children and grandchildren and the intersecting of the history of 19th century Maryland's horse country with the huge growth of the U.S. in that century. Slavery, women's rights, the plight of immigrants and the Civil War are all included. I'm almost finished and will add ...more
I enjoyed this second book of this series. This second book focused on what was happening during the Civil War. It really brought events to life and it was so interesting and heart breaking to read about and "experience" what it was like during that war. Before I read this book, battles and places were only names. Now I have a better understanding of this historical time.
A wonderful read. I read the entire Swan series when it first came out in the 1980's and had to read it again this year. Unfortunately it is out of print but if you can find it online you must pick it up. Great saga spanning the civil War era. Truly enjoyable.
Celeste N. De Blasis was a successful American writer of historical-romance novels. She grew up on the Kemper Campbell Ranch in Victorville, California, in the high Mojave Desert. She attended Wellesley College, later transferred to Oregon State University, and in 1968 graduated from Pomona College, near her home. She continued to live on the ranch until her death.More about Celeste De Blasis...
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The Wild Swan Trilogy (3 books)