Search Results: "Virginia Henley"


BOOK REVIEW

DREAM LOVER by Virginia Henley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A few sordid moments, but should satisfy romance readers who like their stories sensuous. (Author tour)"
In historical romances, where sex ranges from a premarital chaste kiss to a velvetized version of down-and-dirty, British veteran Henley weighs in at the erotic end. Read full book review >

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A YEAR AND A DAY by Virginia Henley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"That, and an element of frank eroticism, make this one an enjoyable (if unsurprising) addition to Henley's shelf of historical romance genre."
Historical high jinks in medieval Scotland, as the ``wild, untamed'' Jane Leslie, daughter of the steward of Dumfries Castle and a woman gifted with the power of healing, finds herself increasingly fascinated by the handsome, brooding, and secretly desperate Lynx de Warenne, a warrior nobleman more concerned with finding a wife and fathering a successor to his knightly holdings than subduing the unruly Scots. Read full book review >

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THE BORDER HOSTAGE by Virginia Henley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2001

"Colorful scenery compensates a bit for the predictable story and breathy prose ('When her liquid tremors caused his white-hot seed to erupt, he was sheathed so deeply that they merged and became one')."
Henley (A Woman of Passion, 1999, etc.) is an old hand at spicy romances, and this time out she sets her scene in the borderlands between England and Scotland. Read full book review >

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THE MARRIAGE PRIZE by Virginia Henley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"For those with a lower melting point than Rosamond's, scenes like this should induce many pulse points of pleasure."
Closing volume in Henley's Plantagenet trilogy (The Dragon and the Jewel, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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A WOMAN OF PASSION by Virginia Henley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 1999

"Written in reckless, slamming prose that mirrors its redheaded heroine's blazing tantrums."
Henley's 16th dish of romance (A Year and a Day, 1998, etc.) tells of commoner Bess Hardwick's life from ages six to forty as she rises from poverty to become Queen Elizabeth's lady-in-waiting and to make a spectacular marriage to the richest lord in England, all the while taking full advantage of the period's sexy freedoms. Read full book review >

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VIRGINIA HAMILTON by Julie K. Rubini
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"A biography worthy of the larger-than-life Virginia Hamilton. (Biography. 10-16)"
If the children you know think biographies are boring, this one will make them reconsider. Read full book review >

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CONCORD, VIRGINIA by Peter Neofotis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"A patchy collection—sparse in places, repetitive in others."
Uneven debut offers a nod to the Southern tradition of oral storytelling. Read full book review >

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VIRGINIA WOOLF by Viviane Forrester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"An engrossing, intimate, and deeply empathetic portrayal of a brilliant and enigmatic woman. The book won the 2009 Prix Goncourt in France."
Exploring the palimpsest of a literary life. Read full book review >

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VIRGINIA WOLF by Kyo Maclear
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Knowledge of Virginia Woolf and her painter-sister Vanessa Bell is unnecessary; this works beautifully as a bad-day/bad-mood or animal-transformation tale, while readers who know actual depression will find it handled with tenderly forceful aplomb. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In the literary bounty of books about bad moods and bad days, this one goes deeper than most, poignantly showing literal and metaphorical glimpses of real depression. Read full book review >

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VIRGINIA HAMILTON by Arnold Adoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"By any standards Hamilton was an unusually clear thinker and brilliant wordsmith. Here a lesser-known facet of her glittering reputation gets a fresh shine."
Before she died, Hamilton (1934-2002), likely the most honored writer for young people ever, also had a thing or two to tell adult audiences about her art, craft, milieu and African-American identity. Read full book review >

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VIRGINIA BOUND by Amy Butler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2003

"Butler's lively prose and brisk pace make for an excellent first effort sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction and to anyone who enjoys a well-told tale. (author's note, acknowledgments) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Newcomer Butler's title is a play on words: Rob Brackett and Nell Cranston are bound for Virginia, where they will be bound in servitude to the highest bidder for four to seven years. Read full book review >

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VIRGINIA WOOLF by James King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"In interpreting her life as a heroic struggle against her morbid impulses, King ironically portrays Woolf's life and literary achievement with the gloom she sought to overcome. (16 pages b&w photos, illustrations, not seen)"
Despite its claim as the first full-scale literary biography of Virginia Woolf, King's (William Blake, 1991) thick work breaks no new ground, but instead tries lugubriously to make the writer into a self-help heroine and her books into a kind of therapy. Read full book review >