“Shakespeare’s Lady” is a novel that arrived with surprise and took me in much the same way.
I always knew that the 16th century was a corrupt era, this novel paints that corruption in a vivid manner. Mistresses, deceit, lies, adultery and yet…the novel walks the line between disparaging and glowing. Giving a glimpse into a world coated in lace and pearls, but hiding so many sinful longings.
The writing of the novel pulled me in, to where I didn’t want to be let go, even though time demands were abundant. I can’t agree with what the main character Emilia did in her affair with William Shakespeare, but the book never gives the assumption that you should. It merely gives a glimpse into a life that must have been so incredibly tormented. To yearn for love, but Queen and Country must come first. Which ultimately led to Emilia and Shakespeare’s affair.
It’s a time period rife with conflict, one does not have to search hard for the drama that flows as freely as the wine. And at the close of the book, I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad for the characters. It’s based on a true story, there isn’t much room for fictional interruption, and thus it must end as history ends. Which gives the reader a very plain view of the human condition
A great work of fiction, written exceptionally well it’s a novel journey into a world we don’t see often, but one that truly isn’t much different from our own today.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers from my advance copy to review.
More about the novel...
...a love story between William Shakespeare and the Dark Lady from his sonnets. The author, Alexa Schnee, took what facts she could find about Shakespeare and Emilia Lanier, the woman she postulates is the mysterious woman from his famous poems, and has built a romance around them. It dances on the line between fact and fiction, and brings the true facts—about Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, Tudor society—to life in a way a history book never could.
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