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Written by Diane Estrella

Shakespeare’s Lady by Alexa Schnee & BOOK GIVEAWAY

by Diane Estrella

WINNER SELECTED~~~NINA C.!

About the book

Emilia has always done what others have wished. She lives her life safely, obeying others’ commands and she is never fully content with her life. She even accepts a marriage proposal from a man she does not love to appease the ruthless Queen Elizabeth and to remain in her glorious court.

But then she meets the dashing William Shakespeare and he shows her words, love, and freedom are what she has been missing. The two lovers find themselves playing a dangerous game against the Queen herself. Will the things that William has shown Emilia be what tears them apart?

Image of Alexa SchneeAbout the Author

Alexa Schnee has always wanted to be a writer. She loves the smell of the bookstore, because nothing in the world smells exactly like it. She listens to Indie music and drinks way too much coffee. She will never, ever like math and she will always love dancing in the Montana rain. Alexa is the youngest recipient ever of the Mount Hermon Most Promising Writer Award and a first place winner of the Authors of the Flathead 2010 High School Writing Contest. She is currently attending Sarah Lawrence College in New York City.

My Review

I love how the author blended the real-life person of Emilia Lanier and made a very plausible fictional story to accompany her. This book gives one possible solution to whom Shakespeare’s “Dark Lady” was. It is not proven whether this was an actual person or only a literary device that he used for his muse. Regardless, this book is filled with convincing history and made me feel like the author’s interpretation is just as good as any hypothesis out there.

The book made me feel incredible sadness for most of the people living in the time of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (late 1500′s), when the story is set. She was ruthless and moody to whatever whims she felt in that moment, it seemed. She was seen as a god and required obedience as such. Elizabeth commanded adulterous affairs and marriages based on her word alone. Emilia is required to become a Baron’s mistress, forced into a loveless marriage, and ultimately chooses to have an affair with Shakespeare as her only chance for happiness. While I do not condone any of these options, the author portrays society at this time as having few alternatives to consider. I am extremely thankful that I do not live under a dictatorship where I am commanded to commit these sins or face possible death.

The underlying truth that I personally got from this book was to not waste the precious time you have. Emilia spent YEARS living an unhappy life trying to please others out of fear or obligation. We all need to purposefully live each day and enjoy the days we have, truly, regardless of our circumstances.

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The Giveaway

For anyone that’s interested, I am giving away my ARC copy of Shakespeare’s Lady to one lucky reader. Leave a comment below, either through Facebook comments or the regular comment form, and let me know that you would like to have it.

For extra entries, feel free to do any or all of the following:

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Leave me a comment for each extra item you do so I can tally up all the entries!

A winner will be chosen from those entries and announced April 9, 2012. Good luck!

Summerside Press sent me the above books for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the books. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Summerside Press.

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Angela Holland April 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I would love to read this book (and win it). I love historical fiction not only is it entertaining but you may learn a thing or two. Thank you for the chance to win. griperang at embarqmail dot com.

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Donna Safford April 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Hi Diane! The book looks really good. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. I am following you on Twitter.
Donna Safford

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Donna Safford April 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I am also following Networked Blogs on Facebook.

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Donna Safford April 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I have also subscribed to the RSS feed. =)

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Elle April 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I would love to win this book. I am following you via twitter (@fadedparchment) and I am suscribed to your email service.
Elle
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Wendy Newcomb April 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I would love to win this book for my daughter, this is the kind she reads ALL the time.

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Gwendolyn Gage April 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I love historical fiction, and this book sounds fascinating! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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Nancy April 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm

This sounds very interesting.

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bn100 April 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I enjoyed the review. The book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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jillrkemerer April 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

I've heard a lot of buzz about this book! Thanks for the review–I wouldn't want to live back then either. Makes me thankful for my freedom. Please enter me in the drawing, Diane! jrkemer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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sheri wilkinson April 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

Nice interview! The book sounds fascinating!
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Nina C April 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Would love to win this, historical fiction is my favourite genre and this looks a great read.

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Nina C April 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Following by Networked Blogs

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Nina C April 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Following on twitter

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Nina C April 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Subscribed to RSS feed

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Carol Wong April 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Very interesting intereview and story. I also like the opportunity to learn more about Elizabeth I

I follow you on NetworkedBlogs as Carol Naomi Wong,

I follow you on Twitter as Carolee888

I follow you on Linky as Carol Wong. I couldn't get the RSS feed to work but I do subscribe to your blog via e-mail.

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septembermom April 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I have been looking for a book covering Elizabeth's reign. This looks like a very interesting read. I would love to win it!

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Margaret April 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

This sounds very good! I have not heard of it until now. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Margaret
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Margaret April 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

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Margaret April 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm

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Margaret April 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm

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