Author – Sue Barnard.
Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet. She was born in North Wales some time during the last millennium, but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester. After graduating from Durham University she had a variety of office jobs before becoming a full-time parent. If she had her way, the phrase “Non-Working Mother” would be banned from the English language.
Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.
Sue speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad. She is also very interested in family history. Her own background is far stranger than any work of fiction; she would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.
Sue now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.
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Publisher – Ocelot Press
Pages – 281
The Blurb –
Was this what really happened to Romeo & Juliet?
Think you know the world’s most famous love story? Think again. What if the story of Romeo & Juliet really happened – but not quite in the way we’ve all been told?
This part-prequel, part-sequel to the original tale, told from the point of view of the Friar, tells how an ancient Italian manuscript reveals secrets and lies which have remained hidden for hundreds of years, and casts new doubts on the official story of Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers.
If you love the Romeo & Juliet story but are disappointed with the way it ended, this is the book for you.
Today is my stop on The Ghostly Father blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – What a great read and a clever idea. The author has taken a classic and reworked in a fresh and unique way.
The story starts long before Romeo and Juliet were born, with a man forced into the monastery by his father, unaware that his son had met the love of his life and she was pregnant. Unable to be together, they secretly wed, she then flees to Verona.
Bound by duty he throws himself into the monastery and spends many happy years doing the Lord’s work, but never forgets his wife and child. He is thought well of in the monastery and asked to help setting up a new monastery in Verona.
Once there, he meets his wife and is made aware of his son who is none other than Romeo..
A very interesting and satisfying read, and well done for tackling a classic that most would leave alone and creating a new story around it.
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