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Swan's Chance (The Wild Swan Trilogy #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  514 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
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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LemonLinda
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Civil War book is always dramatic and a Civil War romance generally has an element of death and destruction and this is no exception, however, it is seen through the eyes of a Maryland horse racing/ shipbuilding family with soldiers on both sides of the conflict and romance crossing boundaries and borders.

DeBlassis is a great story teller and a great character builder. She does include steamy hot sex scenes but balances that with real historical research of the time and place. Truly she is a
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Jeanette
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This second tome of the trilogy primarily details Alex's children's choices in occupation and family for the 30 years prior to the Civil War and throughout its completion and for 30 years afterwards. Her horse farm, Wild Swan, her marriage to Rane and its outcomes of business and connection being a continuance of the epic family and thoroughbred race horse farm saga. Lots more characters than the first book, and I believe that was a problem for me in attachment. You find out much more about the ...more
Darby
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Teresa
Jun 16, 2009 added it
This is my favorite book of all time. There should be a mini series from this book.
Sally Brandle
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another page turner.
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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
Pam
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Linda
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Rena Mcgrath
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Anne Marie
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Barbara
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great sequel with finally the right guy. Ok a lot of tragedy hits the family but also a lot of happiness. To bad we skip ahead in time and miss an event which I would have liked to read about, but which has obviously happened.
Tracy Sandler
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kayla
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was good, but it wasn't a match for the first book. I loved reading more about the family, but I found the discussion of the horses and their lineage distracting and uninteresting.
Vicky
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goed vervolg op de eerste boek. Kon de boek niet wegleggen
Alice
het 2de deel, ik vind het heerlijk om deze weer eens te lezen, lang geleden en ondanks dat ik normaal veel thrillers lees, ben ik nu even helemaal over op de romans.
Amanda
Apr 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is part two of this very long epic story. The downside of this book was the civil war. While I understand that it's important history, it tended to lag in this book.
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