A Trace of Romance

Romance - General
95 Pages
Reviewed on 02/22/2024
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Author Biography

Ann has been a writer since junior high school, but to help pay the bills she’s waited tables, delivered newspapers, cleaned other people's houses, taught school, and even had a short stint as a secretary in a rock-n-roll radio station. She also worked as a 911 operator and a police dispatcher. Teaching elementary school was one of Ann’s greatest joys. But it didn’t leave much time for writing.

Ann’s stories began to win awards in her college days. Since then, she’s published novels, novellas, and short stories. But even if no one ever bought another book, Ann wouldn’t stop writing. For her it’s the cathartic pause in a sometimes-crazy world. Most of the time, it even keeps her sane.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

In A Trace of Romance by Ann Swann, Laynie Connor goes through her routine pre-Valentine Day business at her flower shop with a lot on her mind. Her shop in Beach Way, Oregon, makes a profit - thanks to word-of-mouth - but she feels like she's missing something. She rarely thinks about men since her first love had a place in her heart with a connection she'd never felt with anyone else. When Trace Walker comes into her shop on the eve of the most romantic day of the year, sparks definitely fly. Laynie must decide whether the sparks will lead to a raging fire over their past or just a rekindled flame.

Ann Swann's characters are deep and many-sided. Once Trace enters the flower shop, reading the book is like listening in on a conversation between old flames. Though they've had other relationships, information about each other has reached them, and it's clear that Laynie's and Trace's thoughts aren't far from one another. Even though there's a significant attachment, it's hard to tell at first if the two will end up together. Swann tackles some difficult subjects in her story and her characters have overcome hardships and suffered tragedies. The book is short enough to read during a quiet afternoon, but the well-paced chapters can also be savored over a few days. A Trace of Romance is a good selection for readers who enjoy women's fiction and sweet, second-chance romances.

Sakshi Dadwal

Title: "A Trace of Romance" by Aan Swann - Book Review

"A Trace of Romance" by Aan Swann offers readers a delightful journey through the intricacies of love, life, and fate. Set against the backdrop of a picturesque small town, the novel masterfully intertwines the lives of its diverse characters, each grappling with their own desires, fears, and aspirations.

Swann's prose is rich with vivid imagery, effortlessly transporting readers into the heart of the story. Through skillful narration, the author captures the essence of human relationships, painting a nuanced portrait of love in all its forms - from the tender blossoming of new romance to the bittersweet complexities of long-term commitment.

One of the novel's greatest strengths lies in its well-developed characters, each imbued with depth and authenticity. From the quirky local shopkeeper to the enigmatic stranger with a hidden past, every character feels distinctly real, their struggles and triumphs resonating with readers on a deeply emotional level.

As the plot unfolds, Swann expertly weaves together multiple storylines, keeping readers eagerly turning the pages to uncover the mysteries and revelations that lie ahead. The pacing is steady, allowing for moments of reflection and introspection amidst the drama and excitement.

At its core, "A Trace of Romance" is a celebration of the human spirit and its capacity for love, resilience, and growth. With its poignant themes and compelling narrative, this novel is sure to captivate readers from beginning to end.

In conclusion, "A Trace of Romance" is a beautifully crafted tale that will linger in the hearts and minds of readers long after they've turned the final page. Aan Swann's storytelling prowess shines brightly in this captivating work, making it a must-read for fans of romance and literary fiction alike.