[ Reading ] ➿ The Secret Swan Author Shana Abe – Bassgrotto.co.uk

The Secret Swan Shana Ab Has Captured The Imagination Of Readers Everywhere With Her Superbly Sensual Tales Of Forbidden Love Now She Weaves The Exquisite Story Of A Man And Woman Torn Apart By Fate Who Realize Years Later That Love S Second Bloom Is The One That Matters Most.At Fifteen Lady Amiranth St Clare Became The Bride Of Tristan Geraint She Thought All Of Her Dreams Had Come True Until She Learned On Her Wedding Day That Tristan Had Married Her Only For Her Bloodline A Week Later Tristan Deserted Her For The Glories Of Battle Heartbroken, Amiranth Felt She D Been Abandoned, Not Knowing That Tristan Had Become A Prisoner Of War Nor That He Would One Day Return To The Life He Didn T Know He Wanted Until It Was Taken Away Eight Long Years Pass Before Tristan Finally Comes Home A Beautiful Woman Greets Him In The Garden, Claiming To Be Amiranth S Cousin Yet Somehow She Seems Hauntingly Familiar, With An Ethereal Radiance That Stirs Him Deep Within His Heart Is She Really His Wife, Grown Into A Lady Of Breathtaking Beauty Or Another Woman Who Has Awakened Within Him A Passion He Has Never Known To Discover The Truth, Tristan Must Reveal The Secrets Of What Happened Those Years He Was Away And Find The Love That Was Closer Than He Ever Imagined From The Paperback Edition.


10 thoughts on “The Secret Swan

  1. says:

    I thought instead of raving about this on every which page of GoodReads, I should just review the book and give the poor masses a break At least part of the reason that I was taken with The Secret Swan may be because I had somewhat low expectations This is not my first Shana Ab I loved her cunning dragon earls in her Dr kon novels but I just don t like medieval romance The heroes always come off as stupid brutes trying to learn Middle English Swan was a pleasant surprise There s no Middle English No Zounds or thee or Come here, wench I don t care if you re Shakespeare reincarnated Middle English will never be sexy Ab uses something closer to modern English in dialogue and the same elegant language and succinct exposition no bloating we ve come to expect from her, rife with imagery He was dressed as the rest of the young men around him were, in fine tunics and colorful hose, each wearing the heraldry of the lord they served He blended in well with them Were it not for just one stray beam of sunlight sliding along the floor, she might not have noticed him at all.But the sunlight was there, slanting down from a window high above, and at just the moment when she glanced his way he took a half step into the light, jostled by a friend, the two of them laughing so...


  2. says:

    Even though I didn t like the plot or the romance, I have to say that Shana Abe can write There s nothing wrong with the way she describes the setting, the people, or the customs The only bad part is that her writing in this book at least tends to tell and not show Because of this, I just couldn t believe that Amiranth and Tristan were truly in love.At age 15, Amiranth was wed by order of King Edward to Tristan Gerault, the young knight that she had loved from afar since she was a girl When she overhears Tristan and a friend discussing his lacking plain bride, she is understandably crushed Her wedding night is little than abjectly horrible, she is taken to a remote, forbidding estate, and the next morning her groom heads off for war in France Eight years later, the plague has swept through the estate, leaving sole survivor Amiranth She, however, has decided to leave her own life behind and presume the identity of her beloved, beautiful cousin, Lily, whom she had always admired and who she now very closely resembled Her plans are thwarted when her dead husband returns, although he doesn t realize it s Amiranth And so, not knowing wher...


  3. says:

    The Secret Swan is a beautiful historical romance about a fifteen year old girl named Lady Amiranth St Clare, who has been hopelessly in love with eighteen year old Earl of Haverlocke, Tristan Geriant since she was just a little girl The day finally arrives and all her dreams and fantasies come true, she is about to marry the love of her life But at last, Tristan only married her out of duty and for her bloodline Soon after they are wed, he abandons her at one of his manors Safere and rides out to seeks his true passion, the glory of war 8 long years as passed and Tristan has finally come home He sees a lovely, achingly familiar, woman in the garden and learns that it is his wife s cousin, Lady Lily Granger and comes to learn that he has lost a great deal while being presumed dead His title, his identity and his wife, Amiranth But there is is still the lovely Lilybut is she really who she clams to be She has stirred something deep and passionate in Tristan s heart Can he finally be the man he s always meant to become This is only the second book I ve read from Shana Ab and I think it s safe to say that I finally found a historical author w...


  4. says:

    Dark, unusual, and rewarding romance in the saddest of settings, a castle devastated by the plague The Black Death wiped out entire villages and a substantial portion of medieval Europe s population, so there must have been many instances where a warrior returned after years away to find few or no survivors In this story, a knight has come home to reclaim the wife and castle he abandoned 8 years ago when he joined the Crusades What he finds is a castle and village all but empty in the aftermath of the plague and a woman who informs him that his bride is among the dead What ensues is both a mystery and a love story of haunting beauty It s less about the question of the woman s real identity than of how the returning warrior can win the t...


  5. says:

    Some Spoilers Here But I m not hiding them.I like romance novels I think they get a bad reputation from pretentious readers, but I like a book that will make me smile, that has characters I can cheer for, that just takes me away from my daily hustle for a little while Romance novels the ones that aren t trying to imitate the Sookie Stackhouse series or 50 Shades of Grey are the mac and cheese in my literary life Sure, you can live without it, but why would you want to I could live without this book It used to rank among my favorites, and now I question if the books that are my favorites actually were that good.The characters didn t strike me as people The hero, Tristan, is imprisoned for eight years while fighting in France, and he returns to his estate in search of his wife, whom he had abandoned Much of the story is told through his perspective, allowing Ab to write about how breathtaking the heroine is her golden hair, her pale skin, her golden hair lying on the pillow, her breasts, her golden hair floating in the wind It is a novelized Pantene commercial.But, really, there is not much else to say about Amiranth I suppose you could make an argument that she is resilient, but I d counter that her cousin is resilient Her cousin, Lily, pushes her through all the off stage hardships and conveniently dies before Tristan makes it to the ...


  6. says:

    I admit that when I first read this a month ago, I really really enjoyed it It reminded me of one of my favorite books Something Wonderful But I m giving it 3 stars because I just now had to go back and read the summary to remember what this book was about I guess that means that the ...


  7. says:

    A disappointingly quiet book with a tepid plot The hero was a bit of a jerk The heroine would have been better off without him Also, surprised she stayed at that abandoned little manor for so long.


  8. says:

    It s so wonderfully written with bittertaste that leaves me aching.


  9. says:

    This is not a bad book, I guess It s nice that there s an awareness of the currents that bring them together that Tristan is marrying for bloodlines and Amiranth for wealth I don t have much else to say about this book I liked how decisive Tristan was, although view spoiler the sex part was terrible Once Tristan found out that Amiranth was still alive, his attitude became rather possessive There are scen...


  10. says:

    Great


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