Finding Kate by Maryanne Fantalis (Review by Jaime – #NerdGirlJay)

Title: Finding Kate  

Author: Maryanne Fantalis 

Published Date: March 5th 2017

Genre: YA /  Shakespeare Retelling


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Kathryn’s strong will and sharp tongue have branded her a shrew in her small town. Now, not even the generous dowry offered by her wealthy father can tempt any man to court her. But when Sir William rides into town on his magnificent war horse, Kathryn’s world turns upside down.

William is like a burr in Kathryn’s side from the very beginning. Even the way he insists on calling her “Kate” irritates her thoroughly, yet she can’t keep from listening for his voice. Though he claims he is the only man for her, she is certain he only wants her rich dowry. When he proposes marriage, she accepts as a way out of her miserable home.

Freed from her cruel family and judgmental town, Kathryn must decide whether she will continue her battle of wills with the sometimes charming, often maddening Sir William. Will she remain the shrewish Kathryn or find a way to be Will’s Kate?

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***Jaime – #NerdGirlJay’s  Review***
An enjoyable retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. I loved Kate’s spunk and snarkiness, which I guess was considered shrewish back in those times. I felt bad that she had so much to deal with on the family end of things, the comparison to her younger, spoiled sister then having to deal with Will’s ways.

It starts off really well, then slows down and gets a bit off track but otherwise it was enjoyable. I love that, unlike the original, it is told from the female’s point of view, so you really get to see what was going on in her mind and heart.


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