4 out of 4 stars
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Are you a reader of historical fiction that takes you deep into time past and the lives of outstanding characters with an element of love? If yes, then, Hannah Swann by K. C. Fraser is ideally suited for you. The book is an incredible work of romantic tragedy that explores the themes of romance, love, friendship, and how to redeem oneself from the attendant heartbreaks and betrayals that cannot be avoided.
Tom Miller was a gentleman with no clue of what life holds for him after graduating from the university. His life changed forever after meeting the beautiful and naive Hannah Swann. Together in a relationship, they explored life and love so intensely that nothing else mattered in the whole wide world. But Hannah has a traumatic past and deep-seated feelings of jealousy stemming from inferiority complex and years of emotional abuse by the previous boyfriend. These led to a series of altercations that threatened to unravel the relationship. As the star-struck lovers found themselves in a vibrant and psychological battle to save their relationship, it morphed into a bigger problem of how they need to find meaning for their personal lives. To find out how Tom and Hannah battled their demons and whether their love triumphed or not, take a dive into this book.
Set in the Margaret Thatcher era, Hannah Swann is a book written in the first-person point of view, with Thomas Miller as the protagonist. The book contained many monologues from Tom Miller, and Fraser adeptly uses this to suck the reader into the vortex of emotions that permeated the book. We see the profound way that Tom cares for Hannah and his constant efforts to encourage her to be herself. We see the vast influence that Hannah had on his way of looking at people and the world. It was most significant in the emotional transformation of Tom, as he wandered in the storm at Glen Aig.
Although the storyline is set in the 1980s, it could fit right into the 21st-century drama between families and romantic couples.
Also, I love Hannah as a character. She was the loving, naive, and trusting beauty any man could ever want. She was a free bird who was deeply perceptive and emotionally aware, yet she battled her fair share of insecurities. This contrast of two sides of a coin is quite common throughout the book. The love that brought so much joy to Tom also threatened to consume him.
There is nothing to dislike about this book. Although I found only two errors, they did not detract from my reading experience. Therefore, I am rating this book 4 out of 4 stars for its gripping plot, lifelike characters, and the exploration of deep-seated emotions in the storyline.
I recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction and stories that cause strong emotional reactions. This book may not be a good read for children because it contains a lot of adult content. Lovers of romance will not be disappointed, as it showcases what it means to be deeply loved. In the journey of love, the demons of a partner automatically become the demons of the couple. It can make or mar the relationship. That is my takeaway from this incredible story.
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