books that make you go hmmmm....

The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare

by Arliss Ryan

Release Date:  June 1, 2010

SYNOPSIS:  Dramatizing a marriage born of passion and strained by ambition, Arliss Ryan’s fascinating historical novel chronicles a love affair for the ages, and the story of a woman who dares to fulfill her
own surprising destiny.

Anne Hathaway is weighing her prospects for marriage when a dalliance with young Will Shakespeare, the poetry-writing son of a rural glovemaker, leaves her pregnant and wed. When Will joins a traveling acting troupe and moves to London, Anne leaves their children in his parents’ care and boldly follows him. Taking up a new identity at Will’s side, Anne supports his career as a struggling actor by sewing costumes and transcribing manuscripts in the rough-and-tumble world of London’s theatres. As Will finds his true calling in writing, Anne’s own literary skills begin to flower, leading to a secret collaboration that makes Will the foremost playwright in Elizabethan England.



  1. I like the cover... love that she isn't headless. Not so sure about the story.

  2. Yeah, I am on the fence about this one too.

  3. It does sounds very good. Love the cover. :)

  4. Gorgeous cover, but the plot sounds a little like Shakespeare in Love but with his wife!

  5. I'm confused by her name, which brings images of the actress in my mind... other than that, it sounds like it might be interesting story.

  6. Very different from the one I just read, Loving Will Shakespeare!

  7. Hmmmm...this definitely does make me go "hmmmm..." because like Elizabeth said, it makes it sound like Shakespeare is actually in love with his wife, which to my knowledge, he was not! But, I'd be willing to give this one a chance, I love any hist-fic Shakespeare-related. I was just given a nonfiction take on him, Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt, while I was up seeing family for Thanksgiving. Can't wait to read that one!


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