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Robin (The Head of the House of Coombe #2)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In the years when Victorian standards and ideals began to dance an increasingly rapid jig before amazed lookers-on, who presently found themselves dancing as madly as the rest-in these years, there lived in Mayfair, in a slice of a house, Robert Gareth-La
Paperback, 344 pages
Published December 20th 2006 by 1st World Library (first published July 21st 1922)
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Mary Ronan Drew
Most people when they think of Frances Hodgson Burnett, if they think of her at all, remember The Little Princess, The Secret Garden, and Little Lord Fauntleroy and dismiss her as a writer of children's books. But Burnett wrote many adult novels, including The Making of a Marchioness, which was republished not long ago by Persephone and has become popular among discerning novel readers. She wrote about 30 adult novels and 15 or more children's books, many short stories, and a few plays and some ...more
I really should not give this four stars. It is absolutely sickeningly sentimental. It is utter bathos. Whatever! I adore the wretched yet impossibly beautiful and innocent Robin, and her divinely handsome (if somewhat inarticulate) lover Donal.

"Robin" picks up where "The Head of the House of Coombe" leaves off: it is the eve of WWI, soldiers are leaving to fight the Kaiser, and Donal, despite his beauty, charm, and noble estate, is prime cannon fodder. Donal may never come home again, so he and
I thought the first part was weird but you really have to read both books to get the full basket of odd that is this novel. The second part spends 100s of pages on the horrors of WWI for those women and old men left behind in England. Then because it's a romance it has a twist you see coming for miles while still suddenly veering into nascent theories about psychology and metaphysics. It reminded me of the Maisie Dobbs novels (which I love) and also of Georgette Heyer a more modern writer who wr ...more
Kilian Metcalf
Burnett was one of my favorite writers when I was young. I must have read The Little Princess six times at least. Just revisited it and found it holds up very well as an adult read. I was thrilled to find that Burnett's works are out of copyright and free for Kindle, so I downloaded a boatload of titles and have been working my way through. Robin is the sequel to The Head of the House of Coombe, the story of a Marquis who supports a distant relative out of a sense of duty. Robin is the child of ...more
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his romantic drama by the author of A Little Princess and The Secret Garden takes place during WWI in a rapidly changing England where all the charm and beauty of the world seems to be disappearing. Lost in their own bubble of love, Robin and Donal Muir are elated to find each other again after being parted after their first meeting as children about 15 years earlier. Robin is the lonely only child of an uncaring mother, who upon the death of her husband, accepted financial support from the elde ...more
Linda Orvis
Robin is the companion book to The Head of the House of Coombe. Though it was melodramatic in spots and the middle of the book dragged, I enjoyed it. Robin takes place during World War 1 in England. Burnett stresses the horrors of war way too much. I have always had passionate emotions about both the world wars, but have to say she overdid in even my opinion. I understand why, however. Straight out of the Victorian era, some of the changes in morals and conventions, as well as supernatural think ...more
The sequel to The Head of the House of Coombe, Robin deals much more with WWI and its aftermath. Unfortunately, it is laughably trite. The main two points seem to be "Spiritualism is right! Completely right! I talk to the deeeeeeaaaad" and "oh that Robin, so beautiful and perfect and pure and delicate. We must protect her at all costs because she's just so darned feminine and fragile." Coombe was wonderful; I could barely finish the sequel. The Head of the House of Coombe himself, btw, is a grea ...more
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This book wasn't great but was a satisfying sequel. I have a deliciously soft leather bound copy with gold lettering on the spine. In this one Robin wastes away her nymph/sylph beauty on hearing that the man she had wed in secret is dead. There are some extremely sentimental scenes in fairytale woods, but they are tempered with the tangible horror of the German war machine creeping ever closer, beautiful manse turned hospitals, the wonderful character of the Head of the House of Coombs, et ceter ...more
This book is terrible and it pisses me off. Longer review to come later.
Dianne Hartsock
It was a sweet story until the middle, then turned very sad until the last page. Not one of my favorite old romances. They're usually much happier.
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Frances Eliza Hodgson was the daughter of ironmonger Edwin Hodgson, who died three years after her birth, and his wife Eliza Boond. She was educated at The Select Seminary for Young Ladies and Gentleman until the age of fifteen, at which point the family ironmongery, then being run by her mother, failed, and the family emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Here Hodgson began to write, in order to sup ...more
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“meant to give a new impulse to the race—to rouse human creatures to new moods, to thrust them into places where they see new things. Men and women are being dragged out of their self-absorbed corners and stirred up and shaken.” 0 likes
“The youngest youngster vibrates with the shock of cannon firing, even though the sound may not be near enough to be heard," answered Coombe. "We're all vibrating unconsciously. We are shuddering consciously at the things we hear and are mad to put a stop to, before they go further.” 0 likes
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