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Shakespeare’s Lady

By Alexa Schnee

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Hi again!! Welcome back. Today I have a great book for you. This is definitely worth taking a look at.

I read this as an e-book from the Library. It was released back in 2012. It is 360 pages, but it went fast for me. I really liked this book. I found it very engaging. It is a beautiful love story between Emilia Bassano and William Shakespeare. This is a great book. One of the best I have read in a while.

For centuries, readers have debated the identity of the mysterious Dark Lady in William Shakespeare’s sonnets. Emilia Bassano — lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth and one of the first women poets in England — could be the answer. In Shakespeare’s Lady, Emilia Bassano is one of the most dazzling ladies at court when she meets the little-known playwright William Shakespeare.

Emilia’s life is not always an easy one. She is first a mistress to Henry Carey and then married off  after she becomes pregnant to an abusive man. This story is based on factual happenings. Emilia falls in love with William Shakespeare who works with her husband. I found the ending was the best part. I won’t give it away, but we find that her true husband shows his love for her through a selfless act.

I did not realize that this was published by Guideposts a Christian publisher. It seems a little out of character for a Christian novel. There is nothing really bad in the book, but nothing really religious either. The affairs and adultery make for a strange match with the publisher?

I absolutely loved this book. It revolves around the Tudor court with the familiar characters, but with a new spin. I can’t believe that the writer was only 18!!! Very well done!! Well written and well researched. This young girl writes like an experienced and accomplished writer!! I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

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