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Robyn Hood didn’t set out to rob the rich, but in Nottingham, nothing ever goes according to plan....

After a fateful hunting accident sends her on the run from the law, Robyn finds herself deep in the heart of Sherwood Forest. All she really wants to do is provide for her family and stay out of trouble, but when the Sheriff of Nottingham levies the largest tax in the
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Bywater Books
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Jude
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay. This book broke me. It tore my heart out then proceeded very slowly to put it back. Very very slowly.

Nottingham is the second lesbian Robin Hood retelling I’ve read in less than six months. While Niamh Murphy’s Outlaw: A Lesbian Retelling of Robyn Hood had a definite YA feel, Anna Burke’s Nottingham is all grownup.

An endless feud between the Sheriff of Nottingham and Robyn’s family sends her hiding in the Sherwood Forest, when all she was trying to do was care for her family. The woods are
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Gaby LezReviewBooks
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘Nottingham: The True Story of Robyn Hood’ is a lesbian retelling book of English folklore legendary character Robin Hood, one of the most well-known stories of the Middle Ages. This is the third published book by Ms. Burke though the author says that this is the first novel she ever wrote. For some reason, she waited some time to publish it but I’m glad that she finally did. Ms. Burke is part of a new generation of young lesfic talented authors which gives me hope for the future of the genre. I ...more
Angel
Oh my gosh!!! I’ve been anxiously awaiting this story that’s filled to the brim with awesomeness!!! I couldn’t get enough of these unique and endearing characters because I’ve spent my Christmas Day in good company with Robyn, Marian and the other badass women in this novel. I’ve had the pleasure of living vicariously through Robyn as she did her best to keep her family and her group of merry women safe and I had the time of my life just laughing at the way Robyn and her fellow outlaws did ...more
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Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This incarnation of Robyn and Marian surpasses the legend that inspired it. Call them star crossed lovers, but Burke gives them an emotional depth that resonated with me and kept me captivated from beginning to end. Nottingham is populated with a wonderfully queer and robust cast of characters. Burke creates side characters who are completely unique and immediately sympathetic.

Burke has the amazing ability to bring a fictional world to life with her exceptional prose. She infuses every scene
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Rebecca Crunden
Jan 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
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LGBT retelling of Robin Hood with a central f/f pairing, you say?
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Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Set in medieval England, Nottingham re-imagines the story of Robin Hood and his merry men in the Sherwood Forest with an entire female, lesbian cast.

Read the full review @ https://www.bestlesficreviews.com/202...
Clarissa
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing fairy tale, another amazing novel, another amazing book I couldn’t put down once I turned that first page. I managed to finish this a few minutes before the new year, and I’m completely happy that this was the last book I read before 2019 ended.

While everyone is celebrating, I’m in the corner just clutching this book to my chest. This was a good way to end the year.

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Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nottingham: The True Story of n Hood
by Anna Burke
Paperback, 340 pages
January 21st 2020
by Bywater Books

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

An action packed, stunning, gender swapped retelling of Robin Hood.
When an endless feud between the Sheriff of Nottingham and Robyn’s family, Robyn is into hiding deep within Sherwood Forest . The dark and treacherous woods are not safe
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Pamela
Anna Burke has created a clever retelling of the Robin Hood legend, the outlaw of Sherwood Forest fame. In this telling, though Robyn Hood is a woman as are all the characters – Little John was a blacksmith who fled to the forest and changed her name to John; Will Scarlet – is a woman whose father is willing to give her to man known to abuse his wives; Friar Tuck – is the prioress of a small nunnery, and let us not forget Maid Marian – the daughter of the Sheriff of Nottingham, who wants to ...more
Paula Pergament
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A queer retelling of the Robin Hood legend. Ms. Burke infuses her story with characters facing realistic challenges of the time that still resonate today, e.g., gender identity and politics, the risks of childbirth, and ways in which men control society and women's bodies. The writing is strong, and even though the story is familiar, Ms. Burke's pacing and prose are compelling.
c, (½ of readsrainbow)
no one is sadder abt this turn of events than me

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Rep: lesbian mcs, wlw side characters, trans side character
Heidi
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Move over, Disney, and take your weirdly attractive fox with you. This is now the best version of Robin Hood ever.

The Sheriff of Nottingham is waging a personal vendetta against Robyn's family, leading her to hide out in Sherwood Forest in order to keep on taking care of the people she loves. But the woods aren't safe for anyone, let alone a young woman. When she meets John, an outlaw with his own secrets, Robyn disguises herself as a young boy and together they try to evade both the Sheriff
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CR
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
This gender swapped Robin Hood story was one that I was so excited for!! I mean who wouldn't want to read an LGBT retelling of one of my favorite stories?? But sadly this one just didn't work for me and I was bored out of my mind.


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Raised in Upstate New York, Anna Burke graduated from Smith College in 2012 with a B. A. in English Literature and Studio Art. She was the inaugural recipient of the Sandra Moran Scholarship for the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy.

Anna has lived all along the Eastern seaboard, but wrote her debut novel, the high seas adventure Compass Rose (2018), while living on a small island in
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