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Dear Reader, My new story begins on a terror-filled night when two babies--identical twin girls of noble birth--are separated. One grows to womanhood as the frail, manipulative ward of the handsome young earl of Harcourt. The other becomes an enchanting, street-smart urchin who earns her way as a traveling player on the streets of England and France. The two girls' paths mig Dear Reader, My new story begins on a terror-filled night when two babies--identical twin girls of noble birth--are separated. One grows to womanhood as the frail, manipulative ward of the handsome young earl of Harcourt. The other becomes an enchanting, street-smart urchin who earns her way as a traveling player on the streets of England and France. The two girls' paths might never again have crossed if Harcourt hadn't run into Miranda in the midst of an exuberant performance. The resemblance to his ward is unmistakable--uncanny, in fact...and an ambitious plot begins to take shape in Harcourt's mind. His ward, Maude, will commit herself to a convent rather than marry the love-struck king of France, who will soon be traveling to London to claim her. What if Miranda were to take Maude's place?  Harcourt is confident that with the right training, the right clothes, and the right attitude, the lithe, carefree Miranda will captivate society--and the king. So begins Harcourt's breathtaking scheme to turn an ugly duckling into a gorgeous swan. But if he succeeds too well, Miranda may become something irresistible--even to Harcourt.... It's a delicious dilemma and a dangerous deception...and the twists and turns surprised even me. Warmest wishes, Jane Feather


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Dear Reader, My new story begins on a terror-filled night when two babies--identical twin girls of noble birth--are separated. One grows to womanhood as the frail, manipulative ward of the handsome young earl of Harcourt. The other becomes an enchanting, street-smart urchin who earns her way as a traveling player on the streets of England and France. The two girls' paths mig Dear Reader, My new story begins on a terror-filled night when two babies--identical twin girls of noble birth--are separated. One grows to womanhood as the frail, manipulative ward of the handsome young earl of Harcourt. The other becomes an enchanting, street-smart urchin who earns her way as a traveling player on the streets of England and France. The two girls' paths might never again have crossed if Harcourt hadn't run into Miranda in the midst of an exuberant performance. The resemblance to his ward is unmistakable--uncanny, in fact...and an ambitious plot begins to take shape in Harcourt's mind. His ward, Maude, will commit herself to a convent rather than marry the love-struck king of France, who will soon be traveling to London to claim her. What if Miranda were to take Maude's place?  Harcourt is confident that with the right training, the right clothes, and the right attitude, the lithe, carefree Miranda will captivate society--and the king. So begins Harcourt's breathtaking scheme to turn an ugly duckling into a gorgeous swan. But if he succeeds too well, Miranda may become something irresistible--even to Harcourt.... It's a delicious dilemma and a dangerous deception...and the twists and turns surprised even me. Warmest wishes, Jane Feather

30 review for The Emerald Swan

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandra BASIC

    Završena trilogija... bome neka je!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    The first romance novel I ever read. I stole it from my grandmother's house. The first romance novel I ever read. I stole it from my grandmother's house.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gaylina

    This was a fun story. I enjoyed the history. I gave it a four instead of a five because I had to read some parts a few times to get what the author was saying. A bit confusing. I don’t get the last pages after the Epilogue at all. Perhaps it has to do with previous books in the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emma Miller

    This was a wonderful romance. I enjoyed it and recommend it to a few people! Felt like a "classic" romance! This was a wonderful romance. I enjoyed it and recommend it to a few people! Felt like a "classic" romance!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    This is the third story of the Charm Bracelet Trilogy (I forgot to mention that the through-running thread in the first two books, and , is this snakey looking charm bracelet. Everybody finds it creepy, but they keep passing it along. Not sure how it jumps from one person in the story to another, but it does tie them all together when nothing else seems to. The prologue shows a young Huguenot mother with twins, surrounded by a bloodthirsty mob. She perishes under their knives. Her husband This is the third story of the Charm Bracelet Trilogy (I forgot to mention that the through-running thread in the first two books, and , is this snakey looking charm bracelet. Everybody finds it creepy, but they keep passing it along. Not sure how it jumps from one person in the story to another, but it does tie them all together when nothing else seems to. The prologue shows a young Huguenot mother with twins, surrounded by a bloodthirsty mob. She perishes under their knives. Her husband arrives soon after and retrieves one of the twin girls and the bracelet. Skip ahead 19 years. Henry of Navarre is nominal king but he's having to win his throne by fighting his way through to Paris. Gareth, Earl of Harcourt, is there to seek an advantageous marriage between his young cousin Maude and the Duke of Roissy, one of Henry's closest advisors. He's hoping to restore the family fortunes through this match, but back home, he knows, he has a problem. Maude is not particularly willing, and she's fighting every step of the way. Worse, she shows Catholic leanings, which would be disastrous to the match. Anyway, his efforts gain him one better than he'd hoped, and now he has to go find a way to make it work. He happens upon a traveling troop of performers, and the acrobat, a young girl, looks astonishingly like his cousin, and an idea is born. He approaches the acrobat, Miranda, and offers her a handsome reward if she will pretend to be his cousin when the "Duke" (Henry himself in disguise) comes to court his cousin. Miranda agrees, and during their travels, she begins to feel a strong attraction for this man, her traveling companion. He feels it too, but it's harder for him to let it take hold as his deceased wife was a hot mess and he's got lots of ouchy feelings. Straining credibility, Harcourt gets Miranda home, dresses her up, puts her cropped hair under a snood, and launches her into society that same night at a dinner with his family and friends, who never guess that this girl isn't Maude. Apparently somewhere in her travels with the circus, Miranda picked up delicate eating habits (though she's never seen a spoon) and while she stumbles here and there everybody buys it. No Pygmalion story here. It's all going well, but by now Harcourt has a few secrets. First, Maude has put herself out of the running for a suitable wife for Henry by converting to Catholicism. Second, it turns out that Miranda has the always convenient family birthmark and so now he knows she's really the missing twin (saw that coming, didja?) So now he figures he'll let her play the part until she hooks Henry and then spring the truth on her and... what? I guess he figures Circus Girl will have no trouble as Queen of France now, and there's no problem with letting Henry think he's marrying Maude even tho it's actually Miranda. Nobody will ever figure it out, right? Oh, and he deflowers Miranda along the way, so now it bugs him to think of her with Henry, but it's all in the name of power and family status, so what the hey. When Miranda's circus family comes looking for her, he pays them to go away. When all the secrets unravel (well, sort of, to some people, to some extent), there's hell to pay. It's a fair story, though credibility was strained to breaking too many times to count. Oh, and I wondered if Feather intended another sequel that might explain how the secondary romance fell apart, since historically it really must have.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    The Emerald Swan by Jane Feather. Intriguing premise of the lives of separated twins in the late 1500's. But I didn't have it in my head as that early as I got into the story. It seemed more 1700's to me. Politics, politics, politics. The bane of the rich and famous. Death and mayhem leads to the twins' separation when they are only toddlers. One lives the life of a street performer and one is a coddled upper class girl, as both would have been. One would make a prized wife to the future king of The Emerald Swan by Jane Feather. Intriguing premise of the lives of separated twins in the late 1500's. But I didn't have it in my head as that early as I got into the story. It seemed more 1700's to me. Politics, politics, politics. The bane of the rich and famous. Death and mayhem leads to the twins' separation when they are only toddlers. One lives the life of a street performer and one is a coddled upper class girl, as both would have been. One would make a prized wife to the future king of France, but which one is he romancing? Believable characters. Insight into the court of England's Queen. Sprinkled with humor. 8 on a 1 to 10 scale. I've been singling out this author for more reads. Don't expect it in a fancy reading club story, just enjoy the escape of a good read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    This is a fun read. The story is set in Elizabethan, England and Jane Feather describes this time period very well. Miranda is street savvy but still a little too naïve for a 19 year old at this time. Most were married off by the time they were 16. Maude is not as fleshed out and very whiny. For a family that went through so much trauma over religion I don't think they would have a Catholic nurse/companion be with Maude. I like that Harcourt has a sad back story. Good thing he found Miranda or t This is a fun read. The story is set in Elizabethan, England and Jane Feather describes this time period very well. Miranda is street savvy but still a little too naïve for a 19 year old at this time. Most were married off by the time they were 16. Maude is not as fleshed out and very whiny. For a family that went through so much trauma over religion I don't think they would have a Catholic nurse/companion be with Maude. I like that Harcourt has a sad back story. Good thing he found Miranda or the family would have just moldered away.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Worse than the others, but what did I really expect?!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rajasree Jayaram

    My favorite in the trilogy. Loved it !

  10. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan

    i enjoyed the "lost twin is found and returned to her place in society" part of the story but the bits about the bracelet were weird. did i miss something in a previous book? i enjoyed the "lost twin is found and returned to her place in society" part of the story but the bits about the bracelet were weird. did i miss something in a previous book?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Missing

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anchansiri Sriyananda

    One of my favorites.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

    Pretty good book. I am not sure that I will read the others in the Charm Bracelet Series, however.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Another good story What can I say I like Jane Feather. A different story every time. But they always turn out happy. I love a good ending.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  16. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Dicamillo

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sue

  18. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Wolff

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aleks

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mag

  23. 4 out of 5

    Charolette Hawkins

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Haley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Fernanda Bomtempo-Marzo

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie Wheeler

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Cook

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