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Waiting on Wednesday: Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

Expected Release Date: August 14, 2012

Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school’s staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.

Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she’d like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he’s a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen’s really from. He wants Miranda use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lost its greatest playwright.

Miranda isn’t convinced she’s the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it’s her only chance of getting back to the present and her “real” life. What Miranda doesn’t bargain for is finding true love…with no acting required.

(summary via Goodreads)

Confession: When I was in high school, I was obsessed with The Taming of the Shrew.  Blame the teen-comedy 10 Things I Hate About You.  Blame my proclivity for the theatrical.  Whatever the case might be, I was obsessed with the play (and yes, I’ve seen Kiss Me Kate on Broadway, which was pretty much amazing).  So the fact that the Shrew is name-dropped in the summary?  Means that I’m already hooked.

The rest of it sounds like a lot of fun, although I’m admittedly not a huge fan of time-travel books in general (The Time-Traveler’s Wife notwithstanding).  Despite any hesitation about the book’s magical properties, you can bet that I’ll be checking this book out when it arrives in August.

What are you waiting on this week?

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3 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

  1. I can’t blame 10 Things I Hate About You for being so awesome.. I actually recently re-watched it 😀 Anyway, this sounds really good. The cover leaves something to be desired, but oh well. I just hope it doesn’t veer into the ridiculous.

    And I recommend (highly) Paisley Hanover Acts Out by Cameron Tuttle if you want something else with a little Taming of the Shrew 🙂

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