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Swan [Kindle Edition]

Katherine Hole
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Read the wonderful modern fairytale readers and reviewers describe as "Funny," "Heart-warming" and "Too cool for words!" 

From the beginning Madeline's life was a narrative of disappointment and broken dreams. Plump, plain and past her sell by date, happiness and hope were no longer part of her vocabulary. But one day like a bolt from the blue, destiny delivers a massive dose of compensation in the form of David Powell, her strange and elusive neighbour. From the moment they meet, Madeline is plunged into a world of excitement and intrigue where nothing is what it seems. This classic reversal of fortune tale reminds us that ultimately life is a mystery, perfectly able to demolish and reconfigurate even the most hopeless situations.

Please note:  This romance contains steamy scenes and is recommended for readers 18+

"This story let's us chunky, plain girls fantasize about dreams coming true." Amazon Reviewer

Swan is a full length novel of approximately 80,000 words, the equivalent of 350 pages.


"Some parts were so funny. Reminded me of Bridget Jones and Pretty Woman. Highly recommended." Amazon Reviewer

"This story really touched me. I really liked it and would recommend it to anyone! I liked the characters and could really identify with Maddie." Amazon Reviewer

"It was a great story. The ending came and blew me away." Amazon Reviewer

Editorial Reviews


"This book is a quick, but amazingly fun read. You have to love Maddie. She's everyone who's ever felt dissatisfied with their life. And Ms. Hole brings her to life brilliantly (plus, I learned a lot of new Britishisms)." Amazon Reviewer

From the Author

Hurrah for the average girl out there! I wrote Swan to cheer myself up during the credit crunch. Everybody was so gloomy at work I decided to write a story to make 'em all smile :) Madeline Smith is everyone who's ever dared to dream. A part of her lives in all of us.  I'm a big dreamer, a sucker for Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman, and believe that fairy tales do come true. So if like me, you're rooting for the underdog, give Swan a try and be transported to a land of make believe!

Product Details

  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Majesty Publishing; 1 edition (January 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2F3W0W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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187 of 196 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I must have read a different book.... January 27, 2013
By K.D.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book based on the high reviews from other readers...but I just don't understand the hype. I lost interest in this novel for several reasons. The top one was the author's peppering the novel with strong language. Don't get me wrong, I've read plenty of books where a well deserved f-bomb was called for, but it was used way too often in this novel for my taste, and in a crass fashion.

The characters were difficult to root for. The heroine had little, if any appeal. Instead of being a plausible down-on-her-luck character she comes across as a whiny Debbie-Downer. To make things worse, she makes no effort to improve her situation in life. She just plugs away at her sad, lonely existence with an "oh wo is me" attitude. Stop being so turned off by the human race and make a friend! I felt that her lonely lot in life was too much of her own fault to feel any sympathy for her.

But the heroine wasn't the worst offender. Almost every secondary character was either rude, shallow, or snotty. The hero took the cake for poorly developed characters. His behavior was often crass or selfish, so much so that it didn't seem plausible that he would care about the heroine, or anyone for that matter. Does anybody really find a man appealing when he whines about all of the faults of his previous girlfriend? The author tried to make too much of him (multi-language, massage specialist, consummate chef, pedicure master, ninja) but fails to make him an appealing person. His final moments in the book seem beyond ridiculous. The whole feel-so-bad-for me-while-I-publicly-and-tactlessly-expose-my-ex approach was the final nail in his coffin for me.

To be fair, I understand that the point of this novel is to provide a fun, escapism for the reader.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reversal of Fortune January 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
OK, I hate plot re-hashes but this one is too much fun not to.

At the beginning, Madeline Smith is a sad 41-year old Londoner with no social life, no relationships, hasn't had sex in...well, a long time, her totally dead-end job could go away at any second, and has a self-involved sister with the "perfect" life. Plus the American superstar actor Chet Vincent, who she has had a crush on,...OK, is madly in love with...since they were teens (they're the same age) has fallen off a yacht in the middle of the Mediterranean and is presumed dead. Not such an auspicious start, huh? So the only place it can go is up, right?

Hell yeah!!

See, David Powell moves across the way from her apartment. He has a potbelly. He wears clothes from the 70's. He has a large red nose, a messy beard, and may just be wearing a toupee. To top it off, he has really bad teeth and very smelly feet. Maddie is instantly revolted by him. Until...she finds herself staring into his beautiful and oddly familiar eyes and begins to fall for him. And he for her.

And then the story takes off. Because David has secrets. Big secrets.

This book is a quick, but amazingly fun read. You have to love Maddie. She's everyone who's ever felt dissatisfied with their life. And Ms. Hole brings her to life brilliantly (plus, I learned a lot of new Britishisms). I loved David. I thought Beth was great (once she got her nose out of the air). And then there is another character that shall not be named (SPOILER!) that is pretty awesome too.

And the ending? Too cool for word - but Ms. Hole found them really well.

Drop everything you're doing. Drop your other books. Drop your kids (but on the bed, please) and grab this book.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
**May contain spoilers**

This story bills itself as a modern fairytale, but it's too ridiculous even for that. Imagine that you're a fat (self-described), friendless, down on her luck 41 year old woman who hasn't had sex in 25 years and is the world's biggest fan of Brad Pitt. Somehow, Brad Pitt fakes his own death to get away from Angelina Jolie. Brad takes on a disguise and moves into the apartment next door to you. In the course of time, you two fall in love while his identity is concealed. You get a haircut and start wearing makeup and now everyone thinks you're gorgeous. Brad eventually confesses the ruse and his love to you. You two embark on sex marathons with each other, and you're able to satisfy his sex addiction despite being completely out of shape and out of practice, since you've not had sex in 25 years. It's so cataclysmic that you get pregnant. On Oscar night, Brad shows up, removes his disguise and excepts the award for best actor, explains why he faked his death, holds up a picture of you, tells the world he loves you and all the reasons why he loves you, and then proposes. You marry and then live happily every after, I guess.

I rolled my eyes so hard in this book. It was too ridiculous, and I just could not suspend disbelief. I liked it better when "Brad" was in disguise, although even then his character was written as a virtuouso when it came to everything. There were some editing errors, and in some cases, the hero was addressed by the wrong name. This wasn't the worst book I ever read, and I did finish it. However, my main impression is "you have got to be kidding me!" Two stars for that, and I don't recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy tale come true
Yes, this is a fairy tale, but it is fiction and anything can happen. Swan is a well written, interesting little romance that will keep the reader engaged until the end. Read more
Published 1 day ago by linliv3
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Probably only worth one star as it was ridiculous but my first book on Kindle and got me hooked on the medium.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy summer reading
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was a nice story. Kept me happy to read.
Published 4 days ago by Dottie
3.0 out of 5 stars easy read.
Predictable and "cheesy", but a light, easy read.
Published 4 days ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Great story of a woman overcoming a ...
Loved it! Great story of a woman overcoming a humdrum and lonely existence to living out her best fantasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maddy
Maddy worked at a call center where people would call to complain about parking tickets and cars being towed. Her favorite actor had disappeared and was assumed dead. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good things can come to you
I just love the story line. It makes you believe dreams can come true. Fast reading, you don't want to put it down.
Published 7 days ago by Betty Reaves
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was well developed, lots of great twists and turns. The only thing that would have improved this story was developing the characters a bit... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the cover
Ok I'm not sure this would be entirely believable in real life but a whole of of fun to read. Didn't like the explicit sex scenes and felt they were put in because that's what is... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Denise Holdsworth
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