It’s a far-fetched premise even for the most seasoned time traveler: sixteen-year-old Miranda is spirited back to Elizabethan England by fellow actor Stephen Langford to rescue William Shakespeare from joining the priesthood. If they are successful, the world will know the sonnets and plays of the Bard; if not, Miranda will return to a very different modern-day Boston. The plan? Miranda, acting as Stephen’s sister, Olivia, will seduce a teenage William Shakespeare, thus convincing him that he is unfit for the priesthood. Debut author Mingle makes good use of Shakespeare’s “lost years” as she weaves an improbable but no less fascinating story of a contemporary young woman coping with the harsh yet courtly conditions of rural sixteenth-century England. Olivia, Stephen, and Shakespeare all play a rather predictable romantic cat-and-mouse game, but there’s just enough violence, intrigue, and suspense to keep readers on their toes. Although she takes certain liberties with Olivia’s involvement in Shakespeare’s writing process, Mingle remains true to the history and events of the era, thus revealing the challenge of living in a time of religious persecution and suppression of women. Grades 7-12. --Frances Bradburn
School Library Journal, August 2012:
"This novel is definitely a cut above the typical teen romance. A delightful story about star-crossed, time-traveling lovers."
Booklist, September 15, 2012:
"Mingle remains true to the history and events of the era, thus revealing the challenge of living in a time of religious persecution and suppression of women."
Kissing Shakespeare has all the elements I like in a book - historical fiction, fantasy, and romance. I especially liked the way the author handled Miranda's dilemma around sex. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aleia Schaum
Miranda is the teenage daughter of a pair of Shakespearean actors. She loves the stage, but how can she ever hope to live up her mother, let alone excel? Does she even want to? Read morePublished 3 months ago by CPL
After bombing a performance of The Taming of the Shrew, high school actress Miranda vows to forget about Shakespeare and find something else to do with her life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Molly the Librarian
Originally I wasn't planning on writing a review for Kissing Shakespeare since I started this book two years ago and put it on hold until now but here I go. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephanie Verhaegen (Bookfever)
I loved this book--so glad I found it when browsing books on line. Highly recommend if you like time travel, history and love stories.Published 21 months ago by Nimue
I have always enjoyed historic fiction novels, and this is one of the best ones I have ever read! I have read a few Shakespeare themed books in my time, and this one really got me... Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by Maddie.TV
I'm a big Shakespeare fan. So that idea that someone could go back in time and potentially influence him into become the great playwright that he is, well of course I will read... Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by P. Eberhardt
I had the honour to receive a free copy of this book from Pamela.Thank you sooooooo much,Pamela!
Which one of you would give anything to have a chance to meet Shakespeare? Read more
I couldn't put this book down! It was a fun, fantastical read with enough historical facts to make me wish I had paid closer attention in my history classes. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Jennifer Letheby