Elizabeth the First Wife is a great book where the author accurately captures characters so that they seem real. I felt like I knew them, and I know people that reminded me of the characters. I loved all the pop-culture that was throughout the book. It is fun to read about current events, and it helped me relate to what the characters were doing. I also really enjoyed the Shakespeare plot, but felt as though it took over from Elizabeth's character. The love triangle was not really believable for me. My hubby would not let me accept an offer to move away from an ex. No matter what the perks were. However the book was enjoyable to read and I did really enjoy the book. I am giving this book a 3/5.
I was given a copy to review from Night Owl Reviews, however all opinions are my own.
Elizabeth Lancaster, an English professor at Pasadena City College, finds her perfectly dull but perfectly orchestrated life upended one summer by three men: her movie-star ex-husband, a charming political operative, and William Shakespeare. Until now, she’d been content living in the shadow of her high-profile and highly accomplished family. Then her college boyfriend and one-time husband of seventeen months, A-list action star FX Fahey, shows up with a job offer that she can’t resist, and Elizabeth’s life suddenly gets a whole lot more interesting. She’s off to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the summer to make sure FX doesn’t humiliate himself in an avant-garde production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
As she did so skillfully with her first novel, Helen of Pasadena, which spent more than a year on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list, Lian Dolan spins a lively, smart, and very funny tale of a woman reinventing her life in unexpected ways.
Lian Dolan is also the co-author of The Satellite Sisters' Uncommon Senses. As part of the Satellite Sisters, Lian and her four sisters found national acclaim first on NPR, then on ABC Radio and XM Satellite Radio. She also creates the popular podcast and blog Chaos Chronicles.