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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
Born in the same hospital on the same day to parents who were best friends, Fernie and Andes were best friends and soul mates for 14 years, until they were unceremoniously separated. Imagine Fernie's surprise when she realised that the craftsman whose story she had been contracted to ghost write was none other than the childhood soul mate she had not seen for over 30 years. Meeting Andes took her back to memories of her childhood; dear memories created with Andes by her side in a faraway remote village in Chile. How was she going to work with this man who evoked so many emotions in her? Fernie decided that if she was going to take a trip back to her childhood home, a place that held very dear memories, she was not going to do it on the orders of her obnoxious boss. If she was travelling back to Puerto Cisnes, she wanted to do it alone, and on her own terms. However, her ever meddling best friend had other ideas. So Fernie, with Andes by her side, began the long and beautiful journey back home, each part of the journey bringing back memories of a life lived so many years ago and also creating new ones.
Swans, by Petra Aeron Lohmann, is a sweet, deeply emotional and very captivating love story with a unique plot, an enchanting setting and characters that are easy to connect with. I found myself completely drawn to the main characters throughout the story and was able to connect with and understand their emotions at the different stages of the story. Swans is the kind of book that you read and find yourself smiling for no particular reason. It had that effect on me. There is something so special about Fernie and Andes' story, something beautiful, warm, soothing and serene, and the writing style brought this out perfectly. Even the sad parts that had me tearing up still left me feeling at peace. Swans is the type of novel you want to read curled up on the couch with a warm cup of tea, or on the beach while the waves play in the background.