The Tutor

The Tutor A bold and captivating novel about love passion and ambition that imagines the muse of William Shakespeare and the tumultuous year they spend together The year is and Queen Elizabeth s Spanish

  • Title: The Tutor
  • Author: Andrea Chapin
  • ISBN: 9781594632549
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A bold and captivating novel about love, passion, and ambition that imagines the muse of William Shakespeare and the tumultuous year they spend together The year is 1590, and Queen Elizabeth s Spanish Armada victory has done nothing to quell her brutal persecution of the English Catholics Katharine de L Isle is living at Lufanwal Hall, the manor of her uncle, Sir EdwarA bold and captivating novel about love, passion, and ambition that imagines the muse of William Shakespeare and the tumultuous year they spend together The year is 1590, and Queen Elizabeth s Spanish Armada victory has done nothing to quell her brutal persecution of the English Catholics Katharine de L Isle is living at Lufanwal Hall, the manor of her uncle, Sir Edward Taught by her cherished uncle to read when a child, Katharine is now a thirty one year old widow She has resigned herself to a life of reading and keeping company with her cousins and their children But all that changes when the family s priest, who had been performing Catholic services in secret, is found murdered Faced with threats of imprisonment and death, Sir Edward is forced to flee the country, leaving Katharine adrift in a household rife with turmoil At this time of unrest, a new schoolmaster arrives from Stratford, a man named William Shakespeare Coarse, quick witted, and brazenly flirtatious, Shakespeare swiftly disrupts what fragile peace there is left at Lufanwal Katharine is at first appalled by the boldness of this new tutor, but when she learns he is a poet, and one of talent, things between them begin to shift, and soon Katharine finds herself drawn into Shakespeare s verse, and his life, in ways that will change her forever Inventive and absorbing, The Tutor is a masterful work of historical fiction, casting Shakespeare in a light we ve never seen.
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    • Shomeret says:

      For me, this was two books. The book about the persecution of Catholics under Queen Elizabeth was touching, tragic and inspiring. The other book was about the protagonist's relationship with William Shakespeare. This storyline was lurid, cynical and totally uninspiring. The only link between the two story lines is that the protagonist was involved in both of them. I sincerely wish that Shakespeare had never crossed her path.Other reviews call Shakespeare, as portrayed in this novel, evil. I'm no [...]

    • Betsy Robinson says:

      This is the sexy story of fictional Katharine who becomes the tutor (muse, editor) of William Shakespeare; it is also the story of every woman who has ever fallen for a narcissist. History buffs and people who glory in the details of other times and want to experience them firsthand will be in Elizabethan heaven. Well-researched, The Tutor is so detailed in the minutia of everyday living that you see, feel, and sometimes even smell the times.However, I'm a twentieth-century heathen. And when I w [...]

    • Suzanne says:

      This historical novel deals with a dark and tragic period for a leading family in England still clinging to their Catholic faith despite the outlawing of those practices. Will Shakespeare, in this tale, is a crass womanizer, intent upon using everything at his disposal to tempt women. In the case of our protagonist, the temptation involves words and poetry. Most of the book deals with the obsessive behavior associated with unrequited love, felt by the protagonist towards Shakespeare; a very 21st [...]

    • Alex Myers says:

      Dove right in to this well-researched and well-written tale of Shakespeare and his muse The setting and characters were developed fully, which made the story all the more engrossing. The last third or quarter of the book was, in my opinion, not as good as the opening sections -- the ending felt a little rushed. Or perhaps that was just me wanting the story to go on for longer! Anyone looking to dip into historical waters and immerse themselves will enjoy this one!

    • Kiki says:

      The Tutor is a well researched, warm, and imaginative look at Shakespeare and English history during his lost years. Since mysteries abound with Shakespeare, and we know so little about him at certain times of his lives, there is ore to be mined, and Ms. Chapin does so, heavily addressing several different questions regarding Will and his life and times.Katharine de L’Isle is a passionate, intelligent young widow. Living on the goodness of her dear uncle is his family's large manor home, she m [...]

    • Lisa says:

      I received this book as a giveaway.I have read a few historical fictions recently, and this is my favourite. Perhaps it is because the author had more leeway with her subjects as it is an unknown time in Shakespeare's life.There are a few interesting elements to this story that kept me reading, including the lives of women in the Elizabethan era, being Catholic in that same era, and the imagining's of Shakespeare's start as a poet and his early life as a playwright and player. Will and Katherin [...]

    • Stefanie says:

      This book was very well researched, and I loved seeing the struggle of being Catholic, the many holiday celebrations, the gender roles and class rules and day to day lives.The idea was fascinating: in one of his lost years, Will Shakespeare seduces a widow who inspires him to write poetry even as she fears he will leave her and go back to London. But the sheer scope of foreshadowing of his evil nature, mimicked in the secret lives of the supporting characters, made the story trudge on as Katheri [...]

    • Elizabeth Gaffney says:

      I read an early copy of this juicy and smart book about one of the lost years of Shakespeare's early life. The heroine is amazing. You will love spending time with her and Will Shakespeare. Highly recommended!

    • Jane says:

      First, wise editors are in far shorter supply than great writers. To propose that just because a widow is well-read for the times, she could move from not even noting the poor quality of the first set of sonnets she reads to actually being Shakespeare's formative critic, guiding him to nobly suffer slings and arrows until Venus and Adonis is crafted into a masterpiece is absurd.Second, one doesn't make a novel historical by tossing in lists of what was sold at market, or changing "so" to "forsoo [...]

    • Wanda says:

      I received an ARC of Andrea Chapin's The Tutor compliments of Firstreads Giveaway and appreciated the opportunity.I was easily drawn into the times and drama in this fictional portrayal of the lost years of William Shakespeare. The author was well-researched and described the architecture, attire and religion in great detail. The novel held poetry throughout the pages, a tribute to Shakespeare and his writing. I was taken back to the time of kings and queens, the hardships and the life of the r [...]

    • Melissapalmer404 says:

      Book # 29 Read in 2015The Tuor by Andrea ChapinThis book was a good historical fiction read, telling about Katherine and her dalliance with William Shakespeare. It detailed the religious persecution of that time, the limited rights of women and how marriage matches were made. Katherine was an intelligent, interesting character. Over 300 pages long, the writing flowed nicely and made this a quick read. I enjoyed it. I borrowed this book from my local librarylissasbookpicks

    • Carolyn says:

      I loved the unique perspective of life at the time period and William Shakespeare's life. The main character is relatable and the author does a great job of making the characters come to life. I would highly recommend this!

    • Elle says:

      We don't know much about Shakespeare's personal life, so it's entirely possible that he was a proto-pickup artist, right?

    • Sabrina says:

      Sadly, couldn't connect to any of the characters. Some parts were very interesting history wise but other ones totally lost me.

    • Stacie (MagicOfBooks) says:

      I will also do a video review here at my channel: youtube/magicofbooksIn "The Tutor" by Andrea Chapin, the year is 1590 and Katharine de L'Isle is happy with her life at Lufanwal Hall. Queen Elizabeth is stil unwavering in her persecution of English Catholics, and Katharine is shocked when the family priest is found murdered on the side of the road. The de L'Isle family is adrift in household turmoil. But during all this, a new schoolmaster by the name of William Shakespeare arrives and Katharin [...]

    • Gaele says:

      Expanding on the turbulence of late 1500’s England, where Catholic persecution started in Henry VIII’s reign would soon give rise to the Gunpowder Plot, now most celebrated as Guy Fawkes Day with bonfires. In this novel, Andrea Chapin has captured the secretive and persecuted nature of the secret Catholics in this story, as she introduces us to Katharine de L’Isle, a widow living with her uncle. Resigned to a life of reading, spending time with cousins but without love. When her Uncle’s [...]

    • Steven says:

      My only regret, with the advanced digital galley I received, for a book due to be released on Feb. 5, is that I allowed myself too much time and too many lengthy gaps. This threw off a rhythm that only recently got me through a lot of exciting pages, and allowed me to finish the book. As the story involving Katharine progressed, I found myself more and more invested by her daily life. Then, comes Will. He's a charmer, which is ultimately what propels the many facets of romance (that I cared most [...]

    • Celia Moontown says:

      What would it be like to run into a twenty-six year old William Shakespeare? Whether you have studied him for years or adore two lines from Romeo and Juliet, this book is suited for anyone curious about the man who owns the biggest share in English literary education. Its gorgeously detailed and rich in history. Chapin has it all down: dialect, food, architecture, politics, people, publications Its 1590, rural Lancashire, and I can practically smell the dry fields from the first paragraph. Kathe [...]

    • Cinta says:

      I got a free ARC copy of this book from the First to Read program by Penguin Books in exchange for my honest opinion.This historical novel offers a new view of one of those lost years in the life of William Shakespeare, interwoven with the historical account of the prosecution of Catholicism during the reign of Elizabeth I in the 16th century. Katharine De L'Isle is a widow who goes to live with her family at Lufanwall Hall after her husband's death. There, she spends her days helping to educate [...]

    • Andy Winder says:

      Katharine de L’Isle is Catholic in a period where the English really didn’t like Catholics. She is intelligent and spends much of her days reading poetry or helping about her uncle’s manor with her nephews. She has been widowed for about ten years, but doesn’t seem to mind it. The murder of the Catholic schoolmaster and priest who practiced on the manor sparks up her love life when he is replaced with a Stratford-living fellow named William Shakespeare. Originally, he doesn’t impress K [...]

    • Hannah says:

      William Shakespeare was once a mediocre tutor who "fell in love".This is the man we never knew.This novel has marketed itself with the tagline "William Shakespeare like we have never known before." Something around those lines. I find it funny, and yes, a little fitting. The Shakespeare in this book is a pre famous Shakespeare, who goes to a woman to fix his sonnets. He's still cocky, but not as so. He was an interesting and fun character to read. There was a realness to him; a weakness and a cr [...]

    • Jen says:

      William Shakespeare. That alone will get me to read on. But add to that an imagining of his life circa 1590 and I'm super sold on the idea. This rendition of what Shakespeare's life could have been is intricately explored in Andrea Chapin's book The Tutor, due out in February 2015.To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: jenpaul13.wix/makinggoodst.The central protagonist Katharine's life has been anything but pleasant. Her life has been plagued by the death of loved ones, but with [...]

    • Nannette says:

      My love for Shakespeare did not begin with my first exposure to his work in 9th grade. Quite the opposite as fact, reading Julius Caesar in class put me off the bard. In 12th grade it all changed. Mr. Dennison was one of those rare teachers who not only teach but inspire. He taught us Macbeth. He also created my ongoing love affair with Shakespeare. I never had a class with Shakespeare beyond high school. I feel this background is necessary to explain that I am not a Shakespeare expert and canno [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      Actually 4.5/5Set to be released in February 2015, The Tutor by Andrea Chapin is a bold and successful attempt of historical fiction centered on William Shakespeare and his muse Katharine de L'Isle and the time spent together in Lufanwal Hall. It is evident straightaway that Chapin has done extensive research about the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth’s Spanish Armada victory, the lives of those being persecuted for their faith, at this time period, it was the Catholics, which will bring the read [...]

    • Anissa says:

      I tend to not go for books involving William Shakespeare as a person becausewell I've never read one I've actually enjoyed. Frankly, I didn't really enjoy The Tutor either - I picked it up on a whim while browsing the "new" section at my local neighborhood library - but there were good things about it. For one, this is Chapin's first novel and her writing style wasn't bad at all. I see potential for Chapin to grow with her writing and put out some more books, which hopefully will be more interes [...]

    • Jaksen says:

      A splendid book. A wonderful read. And though not always flattering when it comes to one of its main characters, it reveals a side - speculatively, of course - of this person, one of our most celebrated writers, William Shakespeare. This is fiction, though, and presents a man who, though he was a perfect writer, was an imperfect human being. However, it seems so true, so possible, that I wanted to stretch out the reading. (Whereas I usually rush through most books as I am hurrying toward the nex [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I like to read historical fiction, and especially when the story contains real historical figures. This book was about a time in Shakespeare's life where very little is known, so it was a fun speculation. It shows his relationship with Katherine, a woman from the house where he's living as a tutor and doing some writing as well. I found Katherine to be an engaging heroine, and really liked the fact that she was Shakespeare's editor for his poem. I liked how s [...]

    • Stephanie says:

      Katherine de L'Isle is a young widow living at her uncle's manor, Lufanwal Hall in 1590 under Queen Elizabeth's rule. As a Catholic family, they have found themselves under constant scrutiny. When their family priest disguised as schoolmaster is found dead, their fears intensify. The schoolmaster is replaced with a happy-go-lucky young man named William Shakespeare. Katherine is not all impressed with the new tutor at first, but she becomes more impressed with Will as they begin to trade writing [...]

    • DianeHolcomb says:

      Oh what a cad that Shakespeare was; or at least he is painted so in this absorbing novel by Andrea Chapin. And wasn't he balding? Well, the author doesn't linger on that fact. She describes his "moss colored eyes," his long, pale fingers, his doublets and hose and boots; she showcases his wit and his flirtatious side and yes, he's a bit of a rogue, butghmantic, with all that poetry pouring forth. So it's not surprising that the intelligent, book-loving Katharine might becomeobsessed with the man [...]

    • Julie says:

      The Tutor is a beautifully crafted novel that is at once a riveting study of love (in any era) and portrayal of life in Elizabethan England under protestant rule. Kate, a brilliant scholar held back by her position as a 31-year old widow, meets Will Shakespeare, the estate's new tutor with a preternatural gift for poetry and playwriting. Drawn together, they form a very modern editor/writer partnership, complicated by their feelings for each other and the time they live in. As their relationship [...]

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