Ophelia by Lisa Klein
I was skeptical going into reading this book. As an avid Hamlet fan (I taught it to skeptical seniors for several years) I didn’t think someone could do the story and character of Ophelia justice, but I really enjoyed this book! It is interesting and intriguing from the very beginning, and I think readers will like regardless of whether they know the story of Hamlet or not. There are some plot twists that are expected, but some that are not.
Ophelia’s young life is discussed briefly, and we follow her take on the happenings at court of Denmark after Hamlet’s father is killed. Her love interest, Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, is struggling with the death of his father and the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia deteriotes as a result. It doesn’t help that Hamlet and Ophelia, because he is a prince and she is not royalty, shouldn’t be together anyway and they have to hide their feelings for one another. Things progress and get particularly difficult for Ophelia, but I don’t want to give anything away! Just know it’s a read worth your time, especially the ladies!
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