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ISBN: 0142409405

ISBN13: 9780142409404

A Company of Swans

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For 19-year-old Harriet Morton, life in 1912 Cambridge is dull. Her stuffy father and her oppressive aunt Louisa allow her only one outlet: ballet. When a Russian ballet master comes to class... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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A Favorite

This book is one of my favorites. I picked it up not knowing the author at all and became lost in a touching romance. I now try to find her books wherever I can. This is usually in libraries, because most of her adult books at out of print.

Why Do The Best Books Go Out Of Print (OOP)?

This book is not hard to find used or at a public library. Otherwise, I would hate to get anyone's hopes up. There is nothing worse than saying, "I just read a fabulous book and you will never be able to find it yourself." This novel is set in Europe and South America in the early 20th century before WWI, a time period I would like to see used more frequently. The heroine, Harriet, meets a little boy at an English estate who tells her she must somehow travel to South America and find his lost uncle to redeem his faltering estate. Harriet enters a touring ballet company of "Swan Lake" as a dancer in the corps by running away from the stifling home of her father-professor in Cambridge, England. The troupe travels to South America to perform and there she meets the hero, Rom, the lost uncle. There are some amazing coincidences in this book that you might not accept in a lesser work. There are also some big misunderstandings between Harriet and Rom. However, this novel is so well written by its Viennese author that those plot devices cause no annoyance whatsoever. The author's writing style is quite distinct from an American's or a UK writer's style which I found a refreshing change since those two writing groups tend to dominate the market. There are also many humorous moments and characters that will have you LOL as you read. The prima ballerina and the insect professor, to name two, are absolutely hilarious. I am now trying to find this author's other novels, all of which seem to be out of print and I can only hope that I beat you other auction aficionados to the punch! Thanks to EP and LLF for recommending this over on an online message board. You couldn't have been more right about this novel.

A Well Thought Out and Beautifully Written Love Story

Rummaging through a book sale I stumbled across this book. Never could I have foreseen the grip this wonderful story would hold me in until I turned the final page. It's the type of story that one hates to finish because now there is nothing even remotely interesting to read. Poor Harriet, a young woman with no hope in her desolate future except to become the wife of a droll man who is obsessed with bugs. A family so disinterested in her that she might as well not exist. And then her whole life changes in an instant and suddenly a world not even her imagination could produce is opened up to her, as well as the charms of Rom Verney. As I read this story I was caught in the twists and turns of each delectable moment, hoping that all would turn out right when Harriet's existance is hung in the balance of love and learning to let love go. A must read for the person who craves gentle and sincere romance. I can't wait to find other books by this talented author!

One of my favourites

To use a cliche I picked this book up and couldn't put it down. The characters, the plot and the setting all grabbed my imagination and pulled me into another world. The suspense of the impending romance was another key ingredient that led to my enjoyment. There was a real danger of this book tipping into mere melodrama and yet it never did. For me it was a great read.
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