Expected publication: August 14th 2012 by Random House Children's Books
Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school's staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.
Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she'd like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he's a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen's really from. He wants Miranda to use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lose its greatest playwright.
Miranda isn't convinced she's the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it's her only chance of getting back to the present and her "real" life. What Miranda doesn't bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.
I had a feeling I would like Kissing Shakespeare before I started reading it, but I didn't realize just how much I would like it. In less than a day, I finished this book. I just couldn't put it down. I love books that take a part of history that little is known about, like this time in Shakespeare's life, and create their own version of what it could have been. The story mixed fun and flirty with the dark realities of the time in which Shakespeare lived. The characters were vibrantly brought to life. I fell in love with them. Through the authors words I could clearly feel Miranda's fear, anticipation, sadness, and anxiety (just to name a few). Pamela Mingle created a world that I didn't want to leave, and even though this book stands on its own just fine, I can't help but hope for a sequel. Pre-Order now!
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The ARC of Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle was sent to me by the publisher through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.