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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,005 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Harper Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dark-haired and strong-willed, Elizabethan beauty Anne Whateley takes up her pen to divulge the intimate details of her daring life and her great love, William Shakespeare. As historical records show, Anne Whateley of Temple Grafton was betrothed to Will just days before he was forced to wed the pregnant Anne Hathaway of Shottery. Their secret wedding in a country church brings together two passionate souls whose union survives separation, betrayal, and the barbs of small-town gossips. From rural Stratford-Upon-the-Avon to teeming London, Anne and Will struggle to forge his career and remain safe from Elizabeth I’s campaign to hunt down secret Catholics. Persecution and plague, insurrection and inferno, friends and foes, even executions, all come to life in Anne’s heart-rending story. Spanning half a century of Elizabethan and Jacobean history and sweeping from the lowest reaches of society to the royal court, this richly textured novel tells the real story of Shakespeare in love. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vicki Ford | 2/9/2014

    " Interesting and well-researched view on the woman who might be Shakespeare's Dark Lady. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Doria | 1/30/2014

    " This book struck me as pretty light-weight, to say nothing of the fact that the entire premise - Shakespeare secretly married another woman before he was forcibly wed to Ann Hathaway - is pretty shaky. It's basically a paperback torrid romance, Elizabethan style: love in the time of Bubonic plague, etc. It's okay for reading on the T, but I kept finding myself covering the cover. Forsooth! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marie | 1/25/2014

    " Lots of interesting historical details about England in Shakepeare's time and an explanation for his strange personal life that is intriguing and fun in a soap opera way, although from what I've read there isn't any significant historical support for it. I probably would have given it 4 stars except that something about the narrative voice just didn't work for me, and I didn't find myself liking the characters all that much. Sometimes it felt more like straight biography than historical fiction, even though it was definitely fictional. I would probably try another book by the author if it was on a topic I was interested in; she obviously loves history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 1/25/2014

    " I've always thought of William Shakespeare as just a playwright and a poet, so it was interesting to see him as a person instead. I liked the premise of the book, but found the last part dragged a bit. Perhaps it was my impatience. I frequently get impatient with a book when I am nearing the end. One factual error really bothered me. Will and Anne go to Westminster Abbey to see the burial site of Elizabeth I in the Henry VIII Chapel. It's the Henry VII Chapel. Henry VII and his wife Elizabeth of York are buried there in an exquisitely beautiful chapel. Henry VIII is buried at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Perhaps it was a typographical error, but such errors should not be committed. "

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