Something is rotten in the state of Denmark...
but, it's not this book!
In Klein's version we see Ophelia as a strong and spirited girl who is motherless and allowed to roam the kingdom wildly, climbing trees, swimming and doing the sorts of things well-bred young ladies should not. Because her father is a slimy wanna-be that only cares about his status he places his beautiful daughter (which he cares little for) in the castle as one of Queen Gertrude's ladies. His plan is to use his daughter for information to gain the King's confidence, but Ophelia grows very fond of Gertrude and wishes not to betray her queen. The queen serves as a mother figure to Ophelia and introduces her to romantic books to help the young girl know what to expect from boys.
The whole time that Ophelia is bonding with Queen Gertrude, young Prince Hamlet is out in the world experiencing all it has to offer. When the prince returns Gertrude is overwhelmed with joy and spends more time with her son, selfish for all his attention. Hamlets visits his mother regularly and takes notice of the more grown up girl, Ophelia. One evening Prince Hamlet and Ophelia bump into one another in the garden and the attraction is immediate. They scheme of ways to meet in secret with the help of Prince Hamlet's trusted friend, Horatio, and fall madly in love. But, the madness is not contained to just the attraction between Hamlet and Ophelia...once it is discovered that Hamlet's father has been murdered we see just how mad Hamlet really is...
I so enjoyed reading this book. It inspired me to really pay more attention to Classic plays and stories and to think outside the box. The romantic nature of the story was probably what kept me turning the pages. It was enough like Shakespeare's Hamlet that I was already familiar with it, but different enough that it kept me on my toes. Of course, it helped that the author gave her Ophelia strength and moxie and made her a smart and quick witted heroine.
I totally recommend this book to anyone that loves romance and history. It is a beautiful story with a surprising ending...you think you know, but you have no idea. Read it.
Peace & Love
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This book was purchased by Desi.