598 pp. Sweeping from the golden serenity of the Maryland horse country to landscape aflame with war as North and South clash, to the high seas where great ships journeyed to the Far East, Swan's Chance continues the magnificent saga begun in Wild Swan as Celeste De Blasis turns her gift for storytelling and her passion for history richly retold to an unforgettable chronicle of a great dynasty. For Alexandria Thaine Falconer, life centers around Wild Swan, home to her remarkable racing and breeding stock and sanctuary to her beloved husband and children. Now Wild Swan's indomitable matriarch and guiding spirit, in her heart Alex is still the young woman in whose arms Rane Falconer discovered love and all its sensual majesty -- a love that has sustained them, and will see them through years of triumph and tragedy, separation and retribution that leave no one they care for untouched. But the dreams she and Rane have built demand that the torch be carried by new generations. As the years pass, Alex devotes herself to shaping the destinies of her children and grandchildren, insuring that Wild Swan's hard-won reputation in racing circles will flourish. When the thrilling debut of a great Thoroughbred named Swan's Chance is nearly overshadowed by the growing corruption of slavery in their adopted land, Alex must renew her struggle to keep Wild Swan a haven from the rising political turmoil that threatens all she holds dear. Her children share her love for the land and her hopes for the horses, but follow paths of their own: Morgan pursues his father's dreams of the sea and faraway lands, and Blaine seeks justice under the law, while Nigel shares his medical skills with the poor; Flora elects the cause of women's suffrage, and Gweneth, the last child of Alex and Rane's great love, will be drawn back to England to pursue her heart's dream. But it is Gincie, Alex's fiery-willed granddaughter, who becomes the child of her soul; Gincie who will be Alex's spiritual heir as a healer, fighter and peacemaker, a young woman whose courage and daring leads her to risk her life on the Underground Railway -- and to find enduring love amid the danger. But the coming of war is most devastating for the people of Wild Swan. Torn by divided loyalties and the need for tragic choices, the Falconers face this harshest test of all through paths that lead to the bloodied ground of Gettysburg, to the bleak horror of Andersonville, to the clear and present danger threatening Wild Swan itself. No one can foresee the cost of keeping the dream alive -- or where the future will lead. They know only that, whatever fate may command, a part of their hearts will remain forever in the good earth of Wild Swan. An extraordinary panaroma of its times, Swan's Chance is a stunningly detailed and moving story, an epic saga of love and loyalty, passion and pride, that continues the spellbinding tradition of Wild Swan. Celeste De Blasis, a native Californian, lives on a ranch high in the Mojave Desert. She is author of such memorable novels as Wild Swan and The Proud Breed.Keywords: AMERICAN LITERATURE FICTION HISTORICAL FAR EAST NORTH SOUTH MARYLAND ALEXANDRIA THAINE FALCONER WILD SWAN RANE ALEX SWAN SWAN'S SWANS CHANCE NIGEL MORGAN BLAINE SUFFRAGE FLORA GWENETH ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN UNITED KINGDOM UK ENGLISH BRITISH GINCIE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY RAILROAD SLAVES SLAVERY GETTYSBURG ANDERSONVILLE CELESTE DE BLASIS Page ridge lightly foxed, two one-inch tears to front jacket, sticker on jacket rear, jacket edges rubbed. New York: Bantam Books, 1985. Book Club Edition. Very Good/Good. (Inventory #: 2197771)
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