By robin Maxwell
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robin Maxwell grew up in New Jersey, graduated from Tufts University School of Occupational Therapy, and practiced in that field for several years before moving to Hollywood to become a parrot tamer, casting director and finally a screenwriter. Working for the major studios and networks she wrote comedy, drama and even feature animation for Disney. Her credits include "Passions," a CBS movie of the week, starring Joanne Woodward.
A bestselling author, screenwriter and Huffington Post blogger, Maxwell specializes in women "ahead of their time." Her historical fiction novels take readers straight to the heart of the period, offering fresh and unique perspectives on well known figures from the past. Moving like a detective through the brittle pages of history she finds the "untold" stories, then tells them from the heart. "With Robin Maxwell...history doesn't come more fascinating" (Entertainment Weekly).
Maxwell's previous book, O, Juliet, fused the classic characters of Romeo and Juliet with the historical Florentine families on which Shakespeare based his original play. Signora da Vinci tells the story of Caterina da Vinci, Leonardo's mother, a woman who has been remarkably absent in most historical accounts of the era, but who nonetheless gave birth to one of the greatest geniuses of all time. Robin Maxwell's historical fiction classic, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, has been published in 16 languages and is now in its twenty-fourth printing.
Okay! I'm of two opinions on this book and having a difficult time cementing either one. It's a fun read, well worth a few hours of my time. But I think my problem is that I had a whole realm of expectations that just didn't happen. I wanted more action, more time exploring the relationship between these polar different characters. I wanted to live the experience day-to-day with Jane and Tarzan. While the book definitely has some of those elements, the story of these two people is diluted by pages of diary reading for historical background and a whole realm of scientific research and evolution theory. Those two things aren't necessarily wrong, but they kept yanking me out of the main stream, or what I thought was supposed to be the main stream, JANE-The Woman Who Loved Tarzan.
Like so much of today's love stories, the relationship seems to hinge on sex alone, and not on the deeper character traits that draw and hold people together. While 'Tarzan The Ape Man' was definitely an adventure, the title of this book led me to believe I was going to read the romance of the century. Just didn't happen.
So okay, let's get past my narrow point of view. Did this book deliver an interesting read? YES, it did. Was the writing of professional quality? YES. Did this story have a fast plot pace. NO, but the pacing fits the elements included in the overall story arc. So, on just the merit of the book itself, and not my expectations, I give this book four stars!
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