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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Dell Pub Co (September 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440106117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440106111
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure or romance.
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I must have read these two books ten to twenty times and it still holds me in it grasp.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Karla Bushway on July 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
The late 1970s historical romance has such a bad rep as rape-friendly bodice rippers and I've read a few that do fit the stereotype, so I figured The Black Swan would have a heavy dose of those elements. You know, Too Stupid To Live heroine & obnoxious Alpha Male hero, impractical situations and endless pages of purple prose. (See: Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss.) However, The Black Swan takes its time to bring the hero & heroine together, instead giving the reader solid character arcs for both Adam and Dulcie. The first 50+ pages of the book is actually the story of Tom & Ullah, a rich Southern son & the quadroon slave woman he falls in love with and marries against all that was considered right & proper. Their doomed story becomes intertwined with Adam's, shaping who he becomes as a man. He's probably the greatest "old school" hero I've ever encountered: solid, real, and sympathetic.

Dulcie Moran is far above the "usual" TSTL heroine. She is stubborn, but it is born of conviction in principles, not bull-headed simply to provide obligatory conflict. She is also given many pages to develop her character without instantly throwing her with the hero. Circumstances completely independent of the hero make her grow and discover herself. After their initial encounter, their paths diverge, only to meet up again later. It may make many readers impatient, but it was very rich and fulfilling for this reader. Likewise, given the trend in recent romances to have hero and heroine be monogamous from Meeting #1, both Adam's and Dulcie's dalliances with others (chaste & not-so-chaste) is a nice departure from the offerings of today.

Taylor doesn't shy away from the history of the period, which has me labeling this book more on the "historical novel" side of the genre spectrum than "romance".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bluerose on January 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. I have read it at least 20 times. And every time I read it is as good as the first time I read it. It has to be the best book that was ever written based on civil war times. But it could never be considered boring because it is focused on so many of the real issues of that time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I wish I could give this book more stars. Gone With the Wind was always the standard that I measured every story in this genre up to, and The Black Swan certaininly measured up to my very high standard. I read this book for the first time about eleven years ago, and since that time have read it many times over. this is a compliment to the author since I rarely, if ever, read a book more than once (with the exception of Gone With the Wind). My copy was so worn and well-read that I foolishly tossed it out! I did not realize I couldn't just go out and replace it! I think this book should be re-printed. Now, this book is back in my possession,thanks to sellers of used books online. I will never be so silly as to toss it out again! I can recommend this book to anyone who loves civil war love stories, or any historical fiction about the south. If you can locate a copy, never let it go!.

It is quite an adventure story of a young girl with a strong will and honest convictions. Although the daughter of a prosperous slave-breeder, she falls in love with a man determined to risk his life in order to lead slaves to freedom. Day Taylor is an incredible author who describes the deep south in intricate detail. It is a classic story of love encountered, lost, found, lost again. This story moves from New Orleans to the Caribbean forests, including some exciting encounters in New York and terrific historic detail of Nassu's port. Plus, it has a riveting ending that will make it impossible to put this book down even for a second. If you are like me and love historic fiction, please read this book. Also read the sequel Moss Rose.

I really wish Day Taylor's novels were still in print. Everything she writes is good!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on October 7, 2003
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I first read this book when I was in my teens, and it left a lasting impression as I have remained interested in this style of writing ever since. Day Taylor's writing style really makes you connect with the characters and leaves you unwilling to put the book down for even a second. Adam Tremain is a man who could make any woman swoon and his incredible story from adolescense in the pre-war south to his privateering adventures as a man to be reckoned with leave you wanting more from this writer. I regret to say that I have lost my copy of this book over the years, but consider it to be one of the best books I have ever read, and reread.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Denise M. Walker on September 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book for the first time in Jr. High. I knew immediately if ever blessed with a son, his name would be Adam after the hero in the book. Blessed with three sons, my oldest is indeed Adam, named after Adam Tremain in The Black Swan. I have read and re-read it ever since and am now in my thirties. I always suggest it to anyone who ever asks, "Know of any good books?" It is timeless and the best I have ever read of any genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michell Maas on January 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. It's been years since I've read it but everytime I go on Amazon to look to add a book to my Kindle I search to see if perhaps it's available. Day Taylor, Rosemary Rogers, Kathleen Woodwise, Celeste Deblasis, Shirley Busby....these were true romance writers. I've started building up my Kindle library with all the books I read in my youth back in the '70s. Please request that these author's book be made available to Kindle users. They are phenominal and entertaining.
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