Jane by Robin Maxwell
The Woman Who Loved Tarzan

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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.

Jane is the first version of the Tarzan story written by a woman and authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. Its publication marks the centennial of the original Tarzan of the Apes.

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About Robin Maxwell

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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 screenwriter. Working for the major studios and networks, she wrote comedy, drama, and even feature animation for Disney. Maxwell is the author of several historical novels featuring powerful women, including the award-winning Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, now in its 22nd printing, and Signora Da Vinci. Her books have been published in England, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Indonesia, Hungary, Portugal, Czech Republic, the Ukraine, Japan and all the Spanish-speaking countries in the world. Maxwell lives in the high desert of California with her husband, yogi Max Thomas. Vist her Online at robinmaxwell.com.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Tor Books. 321 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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The author fully reinvents the character of Jane Porter, so often the “damsel-in-distress,” by making her a budding paleoanthropologist and giving her good reasons to explore the wilds of Africa.

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A different Tarzan tale, from the point of view of Jane.

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Maxwell set out to write a different Tarzan novel and she succeeded, taking a beloved character and reimagining her completely, but then she went and, in what I could only guess to be an homage to the Burroughs series, created an ending which simply doesn’t match the elegant tale she has weaved.

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Examiner

And of course there is a love story… Robin Maxwell describes their love affair in exquisite taste- true to the naturalness of the environment itself, love is consumed as would be expected in the realm of the jungle.

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Examiner

Tarzan and Jane form a beautiful relationship and bond as Jane helps Tarzan discover who he truly is.

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Seattle PI

Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell is a feminine take on the famous Burroughs novel.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

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.

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A Tarzan story through Jane’s eyes.” What I ended up finding was really two separate books wrapped in an adventure story well worthy of Edgar Rice Burroughs—the author of the now century-old original Tarzan stories and whose “real-life” meeting with Jane frames the story in the context of her re...

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