Review~The Tutor by Andrea Chapin

122Hardcover/Paperback: 368 pages

      Publisher: Riverhead Books

    Release Date: February 5, 2015

SYNOPSIS

The year is 1590, and Queen Elizabeth’s Spanish Armada victory has done nothing to quell her brutal persecution of the English Catholics. Katharine de L’Isle is living at Lufanwal Hall, the manor of her uncle, Sir Edward. Taught by her cherished uncle to read when a child, Katharine is now a thirty-one-year-old widow. She has resigned herself to a life of reading and keeping company with her cousins and their children. But all that changes when the family’s priest, who had been performing Catholic services in secret, is found murdered. Faced with threats of imprisonment and death, Sir Edward is forced to flee the country, leaving Katharine adrift in a household rife with turmoil.

At this time of unrest, a new schoolmaster arrives from Stratford, a man named William Shakespeare. Coarse, quick-witted, and brazenly flirtatious, Shakespeare swiftly disrupts what fragile peace there is left at Lufanwal. Katharine is at first appalled by the boldness of this new tutor, but when she learns he is a poet, and one of talent, things between them begin to shift, and soon Katharine finds herself drawn into Shakespeare’s verse, and his life, in ways that will change her forever.

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REVIEW

An intelligently crafted novel that stays true to the time period. The main characters are well developed, the story line is creative, and Chapin’s descriptive nature brings the era to life. Elizabethan literature is not uncommon, but the unique approach used here was a pleasant surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I recommend for lovers of Shakespeare that are sixteen and older.

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