Search Results: "Robin Maxwell"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET DIARY OF ANNE BOLEYN by Robin Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, Jean Plaidy) gallery of royal queens. (Author tour)"
An energetic, full-dress period novel, Maxwell's first, constructed from the adventures of Henry VIII's doomed second queen, mother of Elizabeth I of England. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN'S BASTARD by Robin Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Thundering dialogue supporting plot upon plot."
In Maxwell's first novel, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn (1997), Queen Elizabeth discovered her beheaded mother's diary with its injunction, "Never relinquish control to any man." Read full book review >

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MADEMOISELLE BOLEYN by Robin Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Some melodramatic scenes and unduly American locutions can't spoil this accomplished rehabilitation of much-maligned Anne as an empowered woman."
Historically plausible account of Anne Boleyn's adolescence in France as a courtier of King François. Read full book review >

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VIRGIN by Robin Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Fascinating and historically accurate, but the story sinks fast under the weight of clumsy exposition and a stilted style crowded with minutiae."
More trials and tribulations of the Tudor dynasty from Maxwell (The Queen's Bastard, 1999, etc). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"Sure to spark the interest of animal-loving children, this engaging portrait will also please history buffs and Anglophiles. (timeline, author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Maxwell presents a brief biography of Abraham Dee Bartlett, the self-taught animal expert who became superintendent of the London Zoo in 1859 and subsequently made significant improvements in the understanding, care, and treatment of animals in captivity. Read full book review >

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COUNTING ON SNOW by Maxwell Newhouse
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Lovely and, thanks to its small trim, intimate. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A quiet Arctic counting book takes readers from "10 caribou crunching" and "9 muskoxen mingling" down to "2 snowy owls swooping" and "1 moose, silent in the falling snow." Read full book review >

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SWEET UNREST by Lisa Maxwell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 8, 2014

"A tale of magic, murder and romance in the steamy South. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
History has a way of repeating itself in this atmospheric Southern gothic ghost story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Though she'll go to almost any length to muscle out a story, Maxwell writes with refreshingly little machismo."
A wryly told, delightful mÇlange of footloose chronicles by a sometimes anxious wanderer. Read full book review >

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ALL THE WINTERS THAT HAVE BEEN by Evan Maxwell
Released: April 26, 1995

"Soft-focus themes—of decades-deferred sexual attraction, family as an antidote to mortality, and save-the-wolves eco- correctness—for the crowd who like their novels short, clichÇ- ridden, and bargain-basement poignant."
A Bridges of Madison County knockoff, from a former journalist who has co-written mysteries (Murder Hurts, 1993, etc.) with his wife under the name A.E. Maxwell. Read full book review >

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TINE TO LIVE, A TINE TO DIE by Edith Maxwell
Released: May 28, 2013

"The first in a planned series offers plenty of organic gardening lore, characters too nice to kill anyone and a mystery guaranteed not to keep you up at night."
An organic farmer has a lot more than crop failure to worry about. Read full book review >

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BILLIE DYER AND OTHER STORIES by William Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 1992

"Treasurable small masterworks of American literature."
From a writer whose career has now spanned almost 60 years comes a volume of breathtakingly perfected and lovely stories that have most of the past century for their grazing land. Read full book review >