Elizabeth the First Wife by Lian Dolan


Lian Dolan

Prospect Park Books 

Paperback $15.95
  • 304 pages
  • Formats, paperback, various e-readers

Blurb from the author:

In Elizabeth the First Wife, Elizabeth Lancaster, an English professor at Pasadena City College, finds her dull but stable life upended with an out-of-the-blue visit from her ex-husband, A-list action star FX Fahey. While her high-profile family sniffs its disapproval, Elizabeth heads to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to protect FX from public humilia­tion in an avant-garde production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During her summer in Ashland, Elizabeth adopts a dog, attracts the attention of a handsome political operative, and proves that the immortal Bard knew something about modern relationships. The course of true love never did run smooth…but it is definitely worth the trouble. 

My thoughts:  

I thought Lian Dolan's ELIZABETH THE FIRST WIFE is an interesting, and new take on the  fantastically popular theme of blending modern women's fiction with old school, classic literature. Some don't always work, however in Dolan's newest book, it works! 

Dolan has written a multi-dimensional character in Elizabeth, she's modern, clever and her actions and reactions are spot on for today's young woman.  The inclusion of a wildly popular ex husband, who also happens to be right out of the movies is a smart plot device for Dolan to use. It's cute and different.

The writing is well paced and nicely done, mixing it up by placing some of the action at an actual Shakespearian festival could have been a awkward move, but Dolan cleverly made it work.

ELIZABETH THE FIRST WIFE is a perfect summer beach read, it's a fast read and keeps your attention. Enjoy this one, share it with friends, I can see this being a hugely popular book club read!

3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

**This book was provided to me by the publicist in exchange for an honest review.

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