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The Swan-Daughter (The Daughters of Hastings Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Carol McGrath
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The Swan Daughter is a true 11th C tale of elopement and a love triangle by best-selling author of The Handfasted Wife, Carol McGrath.

A marriage made in Heaven or Hell.

1075 and Dowager Queen Edith has died. Gunnhild longs to leave Wilton Abbey but is her suitor Breton knight Count Alain of Richmond interested in her inheritance as the daughter of King Harold and Edith Swan-Neck or does he love her for herself? And is her own love for Count Alain an enduring love or has she made a mistake?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Accent Press (24 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L5JN5K2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read 28 July 2014
By Susan
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I so love these books although the Handfasted Wife is still my favourite. Carol has the knack of transporting you back to the time of Harold and the Norman conquest giving you a first class view of both the bigger political picture and the day to day lives of both ordinary and extraordinary people. How I hated Christina with her spitefulness and cruelty under the umbrella of the spiritual cleansing of the soul of human desires whilst trying to grab every bit of material wealth she could; aided and abetted by the disgusting Brother Francis. I loved the triangle of Hilde, Alan and Niall and won't divulge any more of their story you'll just have to read it for yourselves - highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The second book, by Carol McGrath was fascinating and very enjoyable. As with the first book, this takes you back to the Saxon Royal line and the very early Normans. It tells how all the widows and daughter of Senlac (Hastings) fled into nunneries or abroad rather than marry a Norman so they could get their hands, legally, on their land. Once again, I didn't know this story so each page was taking me back into a world, that upon till now, was unknown to me. Now I can't wait until the third book comes into Kindle which follows Edith Swan Neck's other daughter Thea. Let's have more books about the Saxon Royals. Miss. McGrath tells a very good story that she has based on fact and she updates the story at the end of the book, so that the reader is well and truly ready for the next instalment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story 3 Oct 2014
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The Swan-Daughter is a lovely story. It tells the tale of Gunnhild, one of the daughters of King Harold of 1066 fame, and his first wife, Edith, known for her beauty as Edith Swanneck. Edith Swanneck’s story is told in 'The Handfasted Wife’. The Swan-Daughter is the second in the trilogy of The Daughters of Hastings.

Once again, the reader is taken back to the period of the early Normans, which is exquisitely conveyed through the attention to detail that Carol McGrath, a highly skilled researcher, has paid to the period.

The political events of the times are brought alive for the reader, and are a backdrop for a vivid depiction of the lives of the people at that time, of the castles and houses in which they lived, rich and poor, of their food, their clothes, of childbirth and medical care, of the role that religion plays in society and especially of the position of women in the Middle Ages. The constraints and obligations placed upon women at that time, particularly those born to the nobility, are graphically captured in the pages of the novel, and will be of great interest, I'm sure, to women of today.

Gunnhild was brought up in Wilton Abbey, and not surprisingly since she is an heiress of importance, the church is keen for her to stay in the nunnery. Gunnhild, however, has no desire for a religious life, nor for any sort of life within the precincts of a nunnery. She longs to escape, and she longs for love. The possibility of escape comes in the attractive form of the slightly older Count Alan of Richmond and Brittany, the red-headed knight who had once been a suitor for her mother’s hand.

Count Alan’s path crosses Gunnhild's on more than one occasion, and each time they exchange friendly banter. He then proposes that they elope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful second book! 27 Aug 2014
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Couldn't wait for this second book from Carol McGrath. It continues the story of 'The Handfasted Wife, the daughters of Hastings'. It tells the story of Gunnhild one of the daughters of King Harold and Edith Swan-Neck. What a difficult but fascinating life Gunnhild must have had in a time when women were of no importance. The descriptions of Wilton Abbey were particularly fascinating as Wilton is near to where I live!
It is a beautifully written story, the sentences rolled like 'honey' on the page and any story that has me in tears for most of it warrants a second and even third re-read. Just can't wait for the third book now!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this period 14 Aug 2014
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I like this period, and enjoyed this follow up to the handfasted wife by the same author. It was well written, and the parts that the author filled in around the known facts was very believable. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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By Deborah Swift VINE VOICE
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The Swan-Daughter is even better than the Handfasted Wife, which is in itself an excellent read. It follows the adventures of Gunnhild, daughter of Elditha and King Harold. The period of the Norman Conquests is brought vibrantly to life by Carol McGrath, with all the rich detail of the period woven skilfully into the narrative.

Gunnhild is a sympathetic and believable heroine. She was brought up in the local Abbey, and as a noble lady the church has a vested interest in her lands and inheritance. Gunnhild has other ideas, feeling no desire for a life of seclusion. There appears to be a solution in the form of a suitor, Alan of Richmond, who at first appears to be all a woman of her status could desire. An elopement ensues, and Gunnhild imagines her future will be rosy. But as she uncovers more about her new husband, a controlling man who is more at home in battle than in the bedchamber, she begins to doubt his reasons for marrying her, and the love she so desperately needs seems to become even more elusive.

However, when her husband's duty takes him away from home, Gunnhild develops strengths she did not know she possessed.This is one of the pleasures of this book - watching Gunnhild mature and become the agent of her own destiny, no mean feat in this period of history. And of course there is a satisfying ending, which I wont reveal, because if you have any sense you'll click 'buy' and read it for yourself.

Although this is the second in a trilogy it stands well in its own right. However, you'll want to read the others in the series, they are so well-written and researched.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect 'Empire Strikes Back' in The Daughter of Hastings trilogy.
Great 2nd book in the series. A wonderful love story that sets things up for the finale part of this superbly written series of books. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Tim Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars swan daughter
cant wait for the next book .love history ,love the swan daughter .hope there is a lot more to come .
harold & ediths children do add to the royal line eventually . Read more
Published 14 days ago by eunice
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
A fantastic read from a fascinating period. Carol McGrath creates the mood of the time vividly and excitingly but also brings us wonderful characters we can really relate to even... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Courtney
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed Carols second book in her trilogy
Thoroughly enjoyed Carols second book in her trilogy. She builds and expands with skill and sensitivity the character of Gunhild, young woman seeking a life, love and freedom amid... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike Heath
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story. May even read more of Carol McGrath's ...
Enjoyable story. May even read more of Carol McGrath's books. Intriguing tale and takes one back into the 11th century where we ladies were not treated that well at all ! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christine Pacey
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great read
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book and am waiting patiently for the 3rd ...
I loved this book and am waiting patiently for the 3rd book of this trilogy to come out. In her writing Carol has a knack of setting the scene so well you are drawn into the book... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jaqueline Webber
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as good as the first book. I look forward to reading The Betrothed Sister.
Published 1 month ago by mrs rosemary s mullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story to get lost in..
Another great book, by carol McGrath. not many books cover this era so I found it interesting to read a different area of historical fiction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this book, facinating insight into that period of history. look forward to the next book
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Blake
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