When we first meet Miranda, she is resentful and hard on herself. She is the daughter of a famous stage actress and is trying to carve her own path while still vying for her mother’s approval. Stephen’s real identity, someone from Shakespeare’s time sent to take her back and set history straight, was a bit far-fetched, but sometimes you just have to go with these things. It is obvious that Pamela Mingle did a great amount of research because the world that Miranda travels to is full of the wonders and inconveniences of the time. Catholics must worship in hiding, technology is non-existent and Miranda must pretend to be someone else and seduce Shakespeare. It’s a plot that The Bard himself could have written.
Kissing Shakespeare was a fun, light read. Although the premise was a little more far-fetched than I usually like in a time travel story, it ended up having a lot of heart with a bittersweet ending. Miranda’s journey through time and space made her appreciate not only her love of acting and Shakespeare’s work, but it also gave her some perspective on the challenges she faced in her life. I guess you can say that traveling back in time helped her grow up a little bit. Fans of Shakespeare will love this book, which had a good balance of romance and intrigue.
I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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