Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Love Disguised

Today's Waiting on Wednesday pick again brings us back to Shakespeare.  But this time it pulls towards that historical fiction side I love, rather than a retelling of one of his plays:

Love Disguised by Lisa Klein

About the Book: "Will Shakespeare is about to meet the girl who will change his life forever. After a mixed-up courtship with the Hathaway sisters ends badly, Will jumps at the chance to go to London, where he can pursue his dream of becoming an actor. There, Will meets the unusually tall (and strong) Meg who has earned the nickname "Long Meg" for her height. She's also fleeing her own past as an orphan turned thief. Disguised as "Mack," Meg was once a member of a band of boy thieves who betrayed her. When Will is robbed by those same villains, Meg disguises herself as "Mack" again--telling Will that Mack is her twin brother--in order to help Will recover his money. As Mack, she finds true friendship with Will. But is there more? And who is Meg really fooling with her disguise?

What ensues is a tale involving love triangles, mistaken identities, and the pursuit of hapless villains, as Shakespeare becomes a key player in a lively drama that could have sprung from his own pen."

Hmmm... sounds kind of like a YA version of Shakespeare in Love?  I have to say, I love Lisa Klein's books.  Now, Klein has already proved she can do a good job with Shakespeare, with her books Ophelia and Lady Macbeth's Daughter.  But she also does a good job with actual historical events like in Two Girls of Gettysburg, and Cate of the Lost Colony.  So perhaps this 5th book, which seems to combine both elements, will be a hit out of the park? 

This also reminds me a bit of Carolyn Meyer's Loving Will Shakespeare, and Carolyn Meyer is probably my other favorite YA historical author. 

Now, about that cover... what do you think?  I'm not a fan.  It's certainly eye catching, but the mismatched random body parts in the diamonds seem weird to me.  Good thing I head about this one before the cover was released, since I'm totally a "judge a book by it's cover" girl. 

Love Disguised will be available in the US at the end of the month, on July 30th.

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Confuzzled Shannon said...

This sounds like good book to me. I have loved all the fictional movies about Shakespeare and this seems very similar.

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I love the sound of this one-I hope it's even somewhat as good as Shakespeare in Love which is one of my fave movies!