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Publisher's Summary

They say that it takes 21 days to form a habit. They lie. For 21 days, she held on. But on day 22, she would have given anything for the sweet slumber of death. Because on day 22, she realized that her only way out meant certain death for one of the two men she loved.
A haunting tale of passion, loss, and redemption, The Paper Swan is a darkly intense yet heartwarming love story, textured with grit, intrigue, and suspense.
©2015 Leylah Attar (P)2015 Tantor
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By Laura on 11-23-15

A COMPLETE experience of every emotion.

If you could sum up The Paper Swan in three words, what would they be?


What did you like best about this story?

This books goes back and forth between the POVs of the two main characters and also over time (about 20 years). I usually hate when the story jumps around like this, but Leylah Attar does this quite seamlessly expertly invoking suspense and filling in the holes in the story that come from seeing it from another POV.

What about Shirl Rae and Zachary Webber ’s performance did you like?

I am a Zachary Webber FAN. His performances are always top notch. I have also listened to several books narrated by Shirl Rae. I like her male voices. Sometimes her cadence bothers me a bit but otherwise she is very good. Both Zachary and Shirl did a great job with the pronunciation of Spanish words and phrases interspersed throughout the book.

Any additional comments?

This book delivered raw, intense emotion. I cried. I cringed. I hated. I loved. The romance was bittersweet but was also sexy. It delivered. The majority of this book is set in Mexico and drug cartel activity is a major plot line of this book. The violence was copious and graphic (fair warning for squeamish listeners). HOWEVER, underneath that seedy underbelly lies a beautiful love story. This is one of my favourite books of 2015.

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By Denise on 01-19-16

Epically, amazing book!! BEST READ EVER!

This is the first time I have read/listened to a book by this author. In my opinion she is talented. She weaves a story around two childhood friends who embark on a bitter, sweet, loving, vengeful journey coping with what life throws at them.

From the first paragraph you are drawn into the idyllic life of two children. One wealthy, one a son of the hired help. Circumstances bring tragedy and the brutal life begins.
The trusting naive children who love each other learn that life is not fair and is very hard. This is a gritty, gripping tale that is not for the faint of heart. No spoilers but eventually there is a happily ever after..... but only after suffering, plot twists and anguish for all parties involved.

I highly recommend this story. It is one of the best reads I have had the pleasure of coming into contact with in the last two years. Narration performance is also stellar. The author has a clear idea of the story to go and her character development/plot/twists have you on an emotional roller coaster.

If you want feel good read this is not the book for you. My emotions ran the gambit of happy, anguished, horrified ... teary eyed .

This read was beyond credit worthy! Certainly worth buying. Credit/Buy/Sale .

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By Amazon Customer on 03-11-17


A captivating love story spanning three lifetimes with all the fear, horror, passion and realism of a movie. Excellent characterisation and storytelling. Very enjoyable and recommended. Five stars!

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By Helen Williams (All Booked Out) on 01-27-17

An epic story

I went in blind and wasn't quite expecting this, but what an epic story. It is a journey of a book, really beautifully written even when it is terrifying.

Easily could be a movie as I can still see everything so vividly, all the scenes, the settings... one for everyone's TBR / listened to.

The narrators did a great job portraying the accents and the emotions in the book.

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By Susiewat on 05-27-17

I am ruined!

I absolutely loved this book. Every single moment. I am officially ruined for any other book for a while.... major book hangover. Incredible 👏👏👏

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By MeGaVoltZ on 03-29-16

Beautiful story

A very unusual story that's anything but cliche. It's so full of raw emotions and unexpected turns of events. It held my attention and intrigues that I finished listening to it within 1 day.

Zachary Webber's narration is perfect as usual, I think I've become a fan of his works. In fact I found this book as I was looking up all the books narrated by him! Shirl Rae's narration of this book however is a bit awkward in the way she interprets the emotions through her tones and her accent was a bit distracting to me.

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