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The author of Sophie and the Rising Sun "streamlines her rich Southern style and creates a narrative as delicate as a line drawing" (USA Today) A series of family tragedies leaves fourteen-year-old Dove, her younger sister, Molly, and their baby brother, Little Ellis, in the care of their stepmother, seventeen-year-old Crystal. Born into a hardscrabble world of poverty anThe author of Sophie and the Rising Sun "streamlines her rich Southern style and creates a narrative as delicate as a line drawing" (USA Today) A series of family tragedies leaves fourteen-year-old Dove, her younger sister, Molly, and their baby brother, Little Ellis, in the care of their stepmother, seventeen-year-old Crystal. Born into a hardscrabble world of poverty and abandonment, Dove must take on much of the responsibility for her siblings after Crystal turns to their Bible-thumping Aunt Bett for help. When Molly's deadbeat blood father threatens to bring a custody suit, Crystal and Dove flee with the children to a secret refuge called Swan Place, where they meet a group of devout Black women who transform their lives in unusual and profound ways....

Title : Swan Place
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ISBN : 9780452284142
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Swan Place Reviews

  • Arlene
    2019-06-18 05:43

    A great coming of age novel set in small town Georgia and Swan Place in South Carolina. Dove is a character that you will love. She has such great strength and yet a sweet vulnerability. After the death of her mama, Dove takes on the task of taking care of her siblings. Thanks to Aunt Bett, she manages to get by. After an unforeseen problem forces Dove and her family to take refuge with Buzzard at Swan Place, Buzzard steps in and helps Dove make one of the biggest decisions of her short life. And you will never forget Buzzard's prayer group, Circle of Jesus. These characters are ones that will live on in your mind for days after the book has been laid aside!

  • Dianne
    2019-06-17 04:05

    I read this again every once in awhile, when I need to run away from life. It makes me feel better, like mentholatum under my nose and a heating pad on my back.Although there are aspects of this story which are a little too much on the "Hallmark Channel" side for some folks, it's still a book you should read. And here's why. It reminds you of what's important in life. May be hokey, but really, we all need that reminder from time to time, don't we?

  • Valerie
    2019-05-23 00:08

    Loved the Main Character What a wonderful book. The main character was such a lovely creature - and I read this book as fast as I could :)Swan Place is an amazing southern read, and a true down home comfort book. As others before me have noted - you will fall in love with the main character, 14-year old Dove, right from page 1. The story centers on Dove & her family as they try to rise above one unfortunate event after another and maintain survival. And Dove does this with such grace and strength of character.When Dove & her siblings become orphaned, their Aunt Bett steps in to help the children, even though as a widow, she has a home full of her own children. Dove & the kids find themselves at Swan Place, where a strong, generous black woman named Buzzard steps in and brings a sense of comfort & stability to these children who are in a state of chaos. Swan Place is a story of the deep ties of family, the power of love, and the strength of women of all ages.

  • Teresa
    2019-06-07 01:03

    This novel is set in an unknown place (probably the deep South)and in an unknown year (possibly the early 60's). We walk with 14 year old Dove Johnson during an extremely turbulant year of her life. Dove will face numerous changes during this year. The most significant will be a constant flow of loved ones in and out of her life. The lessons she learns amidst all the changes will teach her that she is stronger than she realizes. It examines issues of responsibility, love for family and new friends, the lengthy time required to change long held mores, and learning to say good-bye and living through the pain that can bring.Although the main character is a teen, this is definitely adult-worthy reading. Ms. Trobaugh continues her rating of five solid stars with me. She has the rare ability to pull you into a story to the point where you can smell the cornbread and feel the starch in a good Sunday dress.

  • bookyeti
    2019-05-30 02:51

    Warm and delicate like a southern breezeTrobaugh returns to her southern roots with Swan Place, a coming-of-age tale of familial hardships and triumphs, that unfolds in a sleepy little town in Georgia. Despite the cloud of sad events, Swan Place allows glimmers of hope and contentment to break through, at the characters develop and grow.At the heart of the story is Dove, a sensitive 14-year-old who loves her mother dearly, and has a sense of responsibility beyond her years. Dove, along with two younger siblings, is raised by her fun-loving “honky-tonking” Mamma who works as a hairdresser at home, and her simple kind-hearted husband, a step-father to the children. Despite the struggles to make ends meet in the small town, the family are close-knit and happy, and manage to instill respect and a sense of duty in their young daughter.The story unravels with wistful delicacy, as Dove must overcome seemingly insurmountable struggles in the formative years of her childhood — the heartbreak of watching her once vibrant mother wither away with a terminal illness; assuming the household duties and the role of ‘mother’ to her two younger siblings; and the remarriage of her step-father to Crystal, an inexperienced 17-year-old and former bar dancer, a child herself in many ways.After yet another family tragedy, Crystal, Dove and the two babies are left to fend for themselves. Ridiculed at school, and fearful of losing her dear siblings, Dove comes to discover that writing offers solace, as she pens stories and experiences in her journals and notebooks.When Doves dead-beat biological father returns, threatening to break apart the little family, the girls’ only choice is to go into hiding. They enlist the help of Dove’s Bible-thumping Aunt Bett and an interesting array of newfound friends, to assist in their escape. The girls ultimately find themselves in the keep of the gruff but lovable “Buzzard” – the housekeeper of an affluent estate, hidden away on the outskirts of town, known as Swan Place. Buzzard and her fellow devout black women's Christian group keep the girls safe and help them to bear up under trials.A common thread throughout most of Trobaugh’s books, Swan Place attests to the strength of love, familial relationships, and spirituality and how, combined, they can be a formidable foe in opposition to hopelessness, poverty and racism. It is a simple yet touching – and sometimes saccharine – read that will not be easily forgotten.

  • JoyCagil
    2019-06-06 02:49

    I loved this book, its plot, its characters, and the sincere beautiful language and understanding through which the story is told. This is the first book I have read of this author, and most certainly, it won’t be the last. What I liked most about this book is the courage and strength of the main character, be it a fourteen-year old girl, who tells a grown-up story. Looking at adults through her eyes, her insight, her good-will and even her misconceptions have been a delight.The novel hovers around dysfunctions: of the family, of the characters, and of the society with cultural overtones of the South. Swan Place is the story of Dove who loved her mother, and after her death, tried to do her best to survive and to bring up her younger siblings. Although one unlucky incident after another keeps hitting her family, Dove stays strong, despite all the difficulties plus her classmates’ taunts with the help of a few adults who were good to her. One of these adults is her Aunt Bett and the other is Buzzard. Both of these women try to make Dove’s and her family’s lives a bit more livable. Moreover, there are some untold things about her family and her own background that Dove finds out as the story progresses. What makes this story a perfect example of Southern fiction is: The splendid flow, fantastic characters, deep family ties, religious thought that doesn’t preach to the reader, quirky and well-developed characters, steady pace even through the twists, and the most wonderfully sincere storytelling through Dove’s point of view. If Faulkner’s specialty is known as the Southern Gothic, I would think Augusta Trobaugh should be known as the Southern Hope.

  • Aimee
    2019-05-19 02:51

    Swan Place was an enjoyable read about Dove, a girl trying to find her way after many heartbreaking difficulties in her life. What I liked most about Dove was her total devotion to her family and her ability to keep going one day at a time no matter what. With all of the sadness in Dove's life the book could have been a depressing read, but Trobaugh manages to fill this book with faith, love, and hope even during times of deep sorrow.Though I enjoyed reading about Swan Place and the time Dove and her family spent there, the heart of the story for me lies in the love found in the family relationship between Dove and her brother and sister and her Aunt Bett and her family. Aunt Bett has had a hard time herself but she obviously loves her sister's children very much and does everything she can to help them. I love reading stories about families who pull together during rough times, and this family definitely sees it share of difficult situations.I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys family stories set in small towns. There is also lots of talk in this one about faith and prayer. It is a heartwarming story that by the end had me emotionally involved in the lives of Dove and her family.

  • Tatumn
    2019-06-02 23:47

    An enjoyable, albeit somewhat predictable read, full of lessons about faith and family. Loved the Christian messages!

  • Rebekah
    2019-06-08 02:43

    Great coming of age story about love and learning that circumstances may choose you but you choose how to react to them. The book brought up issues of family, poverty, and racism. It kept me on my toes. There were plot twists I didn't see coming!

  • Natalie
    2019-05-20 06:59

    The girl(forgot her name), and her YOUNG step-mom and step-siblings in this book are forced to go into hiding to protect their family from being torn apart. During which they find safety and sanctuary at "Swan Place". A coming-of-age book that brought a smile to my face and warmed my heart. If you want a happy feel-good read this is it!

  • Michelle
    2019-05-31 04:06

    Yet another Southern novel that I really enjoyed. Trobaugh did a wonderful job with characterization and capturing the language of people of different ages and races – all of the voices rang with authenticity.Dove is a young girl with big hardships and a lot of responsibility. The relationships in her life are very satisfying and the plot was not predictable. Highly recommended.

  • Donna
    2019-06-12 02:01

    Dove is a strong fourteen year old who is the oldest child in her family. She has more and more s responsibilities after her mother dies. Her step-father marries a 17year old. Tragedy strikes again. Dove has some important decisions to make.

  • Jill
    2019-06-14 23:45

    This sweet book was a wonderful treat to read in a day's time while being sick in bed. I loved the characters, the wisdom, the family bonds and humility of it all. I cried while reading the final pages and feel like those characters will be with me for a long while.

  • Cheryl
    2019-06-11 23:58

    A perfectly wonderful book! The characters are believable and likable. The storyline is interesting and carries some surprises. I'll have to check out more of Augusta Trobaugh's books. This one is five stars.

  • Mom2nine
    2019-06-04 23:56

    I love Trobaugh's writing style. Get your cup of coffee, put your feet up and enjoy this book. The story is not earth shaking, it won't keep you up at night, but it will take you away for awhile. A bit of an insight into how we treat each other, but not preachy

  • Shannon
    2019-05-21 06:07

    Utterly charming!

  • Karen B
    2019-05-24 00:51

    Teenage Dove is a character I will never forget. Her dignity, strength and courage shine through this charming, well written read.

  • Angel
    2019-05-17 22:57

    Loved every second of this amazing story. I never wanted it to end. The only thing I wonder is the timeline. I like that it is left open, but still wonder.

  • jackie
    2019-06-11 02:49

    free book from amazon, an enjoyable read, felt very honest and heartwarming.

  • Linda Kaplan
    2019-06-18 02:04

    I loved this little treasure of southern fiction. I picked it up yesterday at the library and read it in a day

  • Linda
    2019-06-13 06:49

    I loved this book! It was full of familiar places and personalities.

  • Diane Flanagan
    2019-05-22 05:08

    Really enjoyed this. Couldn't figure out what was going to happen.

  • Vicky
    2019-06-03 03:02

    Quick, easy read, a little bit predictable but kind of fun. Another southern author, a little to godly for me but I enjoyed it.

  • Merredith
    2019-06-07 01:07

    this is one of those hallmark special type books, but good nonetheless. A girl and her 2 much younger siblings keep having their parents die on them, and people help her out.. pretty good read..

  • Lyonsmbox
    2019-05-18 22:54

    Loved this book!

  • Belladora Ahumada
    2019-06-18 05:57

    This was a lovely story with complex characters that you feel entwined with. I enjoyed this book immensely and would recommend it. Wonderful details and imagery. What a great author!

  • Holly
    2019-05-20 00:56

    I really have loved this author so far. Yet again, I love her characterization (loved the protagonist Dove!) and her way with language. Great read. Sad at times and funny at others.