About The Book:
Cambridge, England, 1905. Jane Porter is hardly a typical woman of her time. The only female student in Cambridge University’s medical program, she is far more comfortable in a lab coat dissecting corpses than she is in a corset and gown sipping afternoon tea. A budding paleoanthropologist, Jane dreams of traveling the globe in search of fossils that will prove the evolutionary theories of her scientific hero, Charles Darwin.
When dashing American explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane and her father to join an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck. Africa is every bit as exotic and fascinating as she has always imagined, but Jane quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secrets—and so is Ral Conrath. When danger strikes, Jane finds her hero, the key to humanity’s past, and an all-consuming love in one extraordinary man: Tarzan of the Apes.
As a little girl, I can remember my father reading action-adventure novels. He devoured books such as the "Doc Savage" series and many of the James Bond books, but his absolute favorite were the "Tarzan" stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs. He would tell me stories of the "wild man of the jungle" and Jane, the girl who was often by his side, and I was glued to his every word!
So I was interested to see how a woman would present the "Tarzan" story, and author Robin Maxwell does not disappoint with her novel "Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan."
With a fast-paced story line and a cast of mesmerizing characters, Maxwell takes her readers from the heart of England to the deepest, darkest Africa as she spins the story of Jane Porter, the intrepid, curious young woman who follows her heart's desire to learn more about the early stages of man and finds herself learning so much more. Readers can expect to find action, intrigue, drama, and romance in the pages of this enthralling novel.
I was particularly fascinated with the interaction between Jane and her Tarzan as they struggled to communicate with each other, finding an easy rhythm as the days pass. It was also exciting to read of the native tribes Jane encountered, as well as Tarzan's family of Mangani apes who appeared to be possible missing link between primates and humans. And my heart broke as Tarzan takes Jane to the place where his mother and father had been shipwrecked and where clues to his background were to be found among the debris left behind.
I truly enjoyed reading "Jane," and I would highly recommend it taking place on your Fall list of books!
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.
Robin's latest novel, JANE: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan, is at first glance a departure from historical fiction. Yet while taking two of literature's most beloved and iconic characters into a world of exotic adventure, it was only natural that she use her skills as a historical researcher to entwine real people and events with life-long passions for archaeology, ancient civilizations and the search for the "missing link" in human evolution. Set during the post-Darwinian scientific revolution at the turn of the twentieth century, Maxwell's Jane Porter is a budding paleoanthropologist with a rebellious streak who will make a discovery that will rock the world -- just as her own world is unexpectedly rocked by love for a gorgeous young savage reared by anthropoid apes.
Check out her website at www.robinmaxwell.com for more information on Robin and her writing.
My thanks to PR By The Book for including me on this blog tour and to the publisher for providing the review copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.