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 lost 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 didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I love Shakespeare, I've taught Taming of the Shrew for the past five years, so I'm familiar with that play, I love a good time travel, and I love a good romance. But I don't usually love historical, so despite all of the elements I liked, I still went into this book with pretty low expectations. And then it went and surprised me, because I really, really enjoyed it!
The historical aspect didn't really throw me off too much because Miranda, the narrator, was from the present day. So the narration of the story was in modern language, not historical language. Yes, the proper words for things were used, but Miranda would explain them or find modern words for them, and I liked that a lot because it helped me feel at home in this story and not just like a visitor.
There is a really fun slow-burn romance in this book that kept me smiling on every single page. I don't want to say too much about it, but I really did love these characters and loved seeing this relationship develop. Fun, fun, fun.
There's also a fun mystery sub-plot, and you really do learn a lot about the history of religion in England, which is a fun little bonus.
I don't think I realized how much I enjoyed this book until
1) I couldn't fall asleep because I was thinking of alternate endings for the characters
2) I dreamt about possible sequels
3) I woke up and wanted to immediately re-read my favorite parts
Yeah, I dreamt in fan fiction.
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