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Friday, July 1, 2011

THE GENTLEMAN POET: A Novel of Love, Danger and Shakespeare by Kathryn Johnson

Elizabeth Person has a life changing adventure when her ship bound for Jamestown is shipwrecked on an island in Bermuda where she befriends a mysterious poet named William and a very attractive ships cook.

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Ruby Cheesman said...

I loved this "what if" historical novel. If you love Shakespeare, this one is a must!

Monika said...

Easy, pleasant read.

Anonymous said...

This is loosely based on historical events. A servant girl (Elizabeth) is part of a voyage from England to the Jamestown colony that shipwrecks in the Bermudas. Her confidante becomes William Shakespeare, traveling under an alias, who is inspired by their adventures to write The Tempest. Meanwhile he plays matchmaker with Elizabeth and the ship's cook.

It's very easy and smooth reading, not too long, and pretty engrossing. It gets a little sad at times.