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Oh! those beautiful swans! Ever listened to that wonderful Swan melody by Camille St. Saëns? It’s the core of the moving and heartbreaking story of Paul and Fiona, two lovebird musicians at the venerable College of William & Mary in Virginia – that beautiful State with the logo “Virginia is for Lovers!”- who form a duo in their last graduate year. Paul at the keyboard and Fiona playing cello. They fall in love when playing “The Swan.” And kiss for the first time on the famous Crim Dell Bridge in the W&M gardens.

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And agree to get married after graduation. But then bad luck strikes and their future together seems doomed.



Fiona’s Belgian godparents who raised her – her parents perished while sailing off the Belgian coast when she was two – block the marriage because Paul is an American. She must marry a titled Belgian as her parents had wished, a nobleman and family friend she knew early on.  When Paul lunches with Fiona at the Grand Place in Brussels, she tells him in tears she is forced to break up. Noblesse oblige…

Roi restaurant Gr-Place

Right: Bistrot Roi d’Espagne at the Grand Place

For Paul, it means a terrible psychological setback, for Fiona it means forsaking her love and hope of a life shared in playing classical music together.

Paul is offered a job in a bank in Geneva and takes the TGV.

Paris, Gare de Lyon: People with luggage walking to their train.


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but his life there is without light despite skiing and mountains. He falls for a selfish career girl. Then gets used by another in a bank fraud. His career seems doomed and he must return home. Through a sheer coincidence, he hears Fiona is back in the US and divorcing. A miraculous encounter at a house concert brings them back together, but Fiona is broken and has suffered severe abuse. Paul faces an uphill battle to win her back.  As the trailer puts it, will they ever play the Swan again?

I wrote this book because I am a romantic, like Nicholas Sparks, or Barbara Bradford-Taylor; love romantic classical music, and adore W&M’s Department of Music. What this story tells is that luck is not a given and that it can be taken away from you; that you must fight to gain it back; that you must persevere; that you must learn to accept the changes that take place in your beloved and yourself. And that when you do all that, you may enjoy happiness again, but at a different level, one that is matured to accept life as it evolves.

What readers said about this story on Amazon.com:

MJM: “John writes beautifully – I found the book difficult to put down – an easy read, full of intrigue, love, passion, international travel and dubious banking business, and lots more – a must read.”

Dan: “John Schwartz has written a fine romantic thriller that doesn’t let go until the very end…”

Doris: “…I loved this book!…After only 3 chapters I was hooked…”

Neal: “…a beautiful story — full of suspense, drama, and enduring love centered around music. John Schwartz has created a whole world, and a wonderful escape. The characters jump off the page with such personality and imagery that this book could make a great movie…” 

Vera: “Enjoyed the book. Well written book. First book to read by the author, but sure will read more books by him in the future…”

So, would you not want to read it, too, at the special e-book price of $2.99,  or spoil yourself with a nice paperback?


Give yourself a chance!




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So many things happen in ENCHANTING THE SWAN!

Paul and Fiona meet at William & Mary as grad students. Paul plays piano and Fiona plays cello and they start playing beautiful music together: The Swan by Camille St. Saëns…and they fall in love


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They kiss on the Crim Dell Bridge at William & Mary, known for the best College kisses ever!

Enchanting W&M Crim Bridge 1

Disaster strikes in Brussels, in the restaurant-café “Roi d’Espagne” in the middle of the picture below on the famous Grand Place: Fiona breaks up! Because she is of old nobility and her godparents want a noble Belgian for her…

Guildhouses in the Grand Place in Brussels Belgium

Paul does a summer course at Brussel’s UBL but feels miserable because of his loss of Fiona

BRUSSEL,BELGIUM - 18 MAY, 2015: A formal alley at La Cambre, is a renowned architecture and visual arts school founded by Henry van de Velde in Brussels in 1926.

He is offered an internship at First Swiss Bank in Geneva and takes the TGV

Paris, Gare de Lyon: People with luggage walking to their train.

At  First Swiss Bank, things go horribly wrong: Paul gets blamed by a sneaky rich girl for a huge swindle

Paul’s office in Old Town Geneva


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View of Mont Blanc from the Dole

He must leave beautiful Switzerland and takes a job at First Swiss Bank in New York

New York Skyline at sunset

To his great surprise Fiona has moved here but is divorcing from her noble husband who mistreated her badly. Will Paul and Fiona get back together again and play the Swan?

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Will the two swans be in love again?



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