Most people have heard of the infamous playwright Will Shakespeare, but not many know the full details behind his personal life. In LOVE DISGUISED, Lisa Klein explores the possibility that Shakespeare’s first muse, a wild woman by the nickname of Long Meg, was also his true love. Of course, true love is hardly ever easy, and both William and Meg learn that lesson for themselves.
"Full of hidden identities, confusion, comedic Shakespeare-worthy insults and the triumph of good over evil, LOVE DISGUISED is a fun and entertaining read."
William Shakespeare, the son of a wool trader and glovemaker, dreams of going to London and becoming one of the carefree, celebrated players he has seen perform. His wishes are answered when his father sends him to London to settle a lawsuit between him and a former tenant. Meanwhile, Meg de Galle, better known as Long Meg, lives a rather boring life serving tables as a tavern maid at the Boar’s Head. After two thieves, who had previously deceived Meg, steal the money meant to settle William’s father’s lawsuit, Meg offers her twin brother’s services to William to help recover the much-needed payment. The only problem? Meg doesn’t have a twin --- much less a brother! What ensues is a comical double identity for poor Meg, who delights in being able to romp in the streets as a rambunctious boy, yet comes to find her disguise as Mack is a burden that she isn’t sure she wants to carry.
Faithful readers of any genre will find LOVE DISGUISED an entertaining drama full of mystery and intrigue. However, Klein keeps the tale fun with a cast of amusing characters: the heartsick and overly dramatic Violetta, cunning thieves Peter and Davy, and hated villain Roger Ruffneck, along with lots of playful banter between Will and Meg/Mack. Readers will also learn with Meg what "being yourself" really means --- an important message "disguised" in the novel. With many masquerades, plots and changing perspectives, the story can be a bit hard to follow, but that’s what LOVE DISGUISED is all about --- misperception and multiple aliases. William and Meg’s love is most certainly a "love disguised.”
Full of hidden identities, confusion, comedic Shakespeare-worthy insults and the triumph of good over evil, LOVE DISGUISED is a fun and entertaining read. The only question is --- will Meg and William ever find a happy ending for their true love? I guess you’ll just have to read to find out!
Reviewed by Emma S. on August 19, 2013
- Publication Date: July 30, 2013
- Genres: Historical Fiction
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
- ISBN-10: 1599909685
- ISBN-13: 9781599909684