Kate Battista is feeling stuck. Stuck in her job where she is an assistant teacher for a preschool class adored by the students and frequently in trouble with the parents because she is honest and slightly inept socially. Stuck at home where she takes care of the household duties for her eccentric, widowed father and obnoxious teenage sister.
Now, Kate is in a pickle. Her father feels he is close to a breakthrough in his research and his assistant’s visa is about to expire. Father cooks up a scheme for Kate to marry Pyotr so he can stay in the country. He expects Kate to just go along with it, but of course she doesn’t. How could she just agree to marry a stranger? Her father says, “We can fix that.” And arranges for Pyotr to come by the house and see Kate. Besides being eccentric, her father shares one thing with Pyotr and Kate – they are all socially a little awkward. Will Kate agree to marry Pyotr? Would it be for in name only or would it be more? Will he come to love and value her for her honest and sometimes sharp tongue?
This is a reworking of The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare. Instead of multiple suitors, Kate has the one. And her tongue while acidic, isn’t quite as bad. As I read it, I could picture it happening more in the middle of the twentieth century than in the 21st. It has a good pace to it. There are humorous moments and plot surprises as well.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It’s a relatively short novel. It makes a good summer read. I would recommend it for people who enjoyed The Taming of the Shrew or any of its variations. But, you don’t have to be a fan of the tale to enjoy the reworking. This book was released June 21, 2016 from Hogarth.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.