A Company of Swans

By Eva Ibbotson

Ballerinas and unique rogues abound during this fascinating and lyrical historic romance for lovers of Amanda Quick

For nineteen-year-old Harriet Morton, existence in 1912 Cambridge is as dry and boring as a biscuit. Her stuffy father and her opressive aunt Louisa permit her just one outlet: ballet. while a Russian ballet grasp involves category looking for dancers to fill the corps of his ballet corporation sooner than their South American journey, Harriet’s international alterations. Defying her father’s needs and narrowly escaping the clutches of the guy who needs to marry her, Harriet sneaks off to hitch the ballet on their trip to the Amazon. There, within the wild, lush jungle, they practice Swan Lake in grand opera homes for the rich and culture-deprived rubber barons, and Harriet meets Rom Verney, the good-looking and mysterious British exile who owns the main ornate opera apartment. completely enchanted by means of either the unique atmosphere and by way of Rom’s affections, Harriet is swept away by means of her new existence, thoroughly unaware that her father and would-be finacé have all started to trace her down. . . .

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