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Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Swanhawk by Alexandra Collard

The SwanhawkThe Swanhawk 
by Alexandra Collard


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reviewed for +Readers' Favorite 

Have you ever felt the sense of being somewhere or having seen something before even though you know this is the first time you have ever been somewhere? Every wonder about parallel universes and dimensions? The Swanhawk is a unique and wonderful story that takes us into the heart of the idea, through the lives of Gillian and Zoe. Gillian is a prime and proper ballerina, see lives a modest life of dance and longing for a wonderful career but yet suspicious of men in general. If anyone is any different, it would be Zoe, a fun-loving, free spirited wild child who is a singer and writer of music. The only thing that Gillian and Zoe have in common is that they look identical, in fact so much so that the people of St Ives, where Zoe occasionally lives, think Gillian is playing a prank on them. What follows in the twisting and intermingling of their lives through the men that they each fall for Neil and Paul. Author Alexandra Collard fabricates an intricate tapestry of life and relationships, each seeming to play off the other until finally the two, Gillian and Zoe are destined to meet.

The Swanhawk takes place in the recently past times, so it is not hard to understand, but the concept of parallel universes and dimensions becomes so paradox that you aren't sure who to like more Gillian or Zoe. The first part of the book is mostly about Gillian, then Zoe and only in the last third does this paradox start becoming the focal point, and solving the mystery of who belongs and who doesn't takes over. Author Alexandra Collard write an engaging novel of these two women who look alike but take almost completely opposite paths in life. Could they be the same woman just taking a different path in a parallel dimension? Have you ever thought what your life might have been like if you had made a different decision? This is a wonderful story, mostly about two women, that plays on that idea and takes the reader for an incredible journey.

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