A Swan's Sweet Song

Romance - Contemporary
210 Pages
Reviewed on 10/27/2015
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Author Biography

Born in New York, raised in Toronto, J. Arlene Culiner set out young, to have a life of adventure and discovery, not one of security and comfort. She has since crossed much of Europe on foot, traveled, by bus, train, car, or truck throughout North and Central America, Europe, and the Sahara, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted stone house on the lonely English moors. Such a lifestyle has meant staying flexible and taking up any sort of work that presents itself: belly dancer, fortune teller, b-girl, translator, fashion model, storyteller, radio broadcaster, actress, social critical artist, photographer, and writer. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest, and protects all creatures, especially spiders, earthworms, and snakes. She particularly loves incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction works, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities with their strange characters, and very odd conversations.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite

A Swan's Sweet Song by J. Arlene Culiner is a contemporary romance that takes two seasoned and mature characters who are opposites and asks what happens when they fall in love. Sherry is a hard working, determined woman who pulled herself out of poverty and jumped into the limelight as a country western singer. She's busy traveling across the country, always surrounded by her fans, paparazzi, and wannabe groupies. Her life is loud, fast, and always moving. Carston is the complete opposite. He's a playwright who cherishes the quiet, enjoys spending time alone in the woods, and the peace of his home environment. He doesn't want a long term relationship, but when he and Sherry meet, the instant attraction is hard to deny. Carston isn't necessarily against a passionate fling. Until their names are paired together in a press scandal, and suddenly Sherry's plans to become an actress are flaunted in front of the whole country. Are opposite personalities too much to overcome? Or can this pair of passionate lovers unite in their differences?

A Swan's Sweet Song tells the love story of two characters who find romance later in life (in their forties), which will appeal to specific readers who enjoy this type of romance with older, more mature main characters. The story is delightful and what it lacks in steam and sexiness it makes up for in pure entertainment. The connection between the two characters was well written and very realistic so readers will really come to love these characters and the story. Nice job!

Jean Livingstone

A swan's sweet song review
Having just read J Arlene Culiner's 'Felicity's Power', her third book, and thoroughly enjoyed it, I
couldn't wait to read this, her second romantic novel. And I was not disappointed! With her
consistently masterful writing style, and her in-depth understanding of romance, life and the
vagaries of humankind, she brings her characters vividly to life. They are totally believable in
their vulnerability and their struggle with themselves and each other - can this work, or not?
Can strong sexual attraction between two people from very different backgrounds, and different
high-profile careers, who have just met each other, end up with them being totally in love?
You are caught up in their feelings of doubt, passion and fear of practicalities, and wonder if they
are going to make it. No crude explicit sex here, just warm tender passion that is just as much of
a turn-on given J Arlene's writing skill. One of those books you don't put down until you've
found out what happens.