A Midsummer Night’s Fling by Eliza Walker is live. Pages Abound is pleased to bring you our review of the witty and creatively written modern romance.
The show must go on, but the price of admission could be her heart.
Sick of her vagabond life in a Broadway touring company, Nicola is ready to settle down. She wants nothing more than to park her suitcase in California, put out feelers for local auditions, and leave her past firmly behind her.
Too bad her past comes knocking on her door her first day home. All six-foot-three, beautiful man of her past named Max. Stupid Max. The mistake Nicola just can’t seem to stop making.
Even before Nicola—fiery, quick-witted, beautiful Nicola—slams the door in his face, Max is in trouble. She will always be the one who got away. Three times. Which makes convincing her to play Titania to his Oberon a bit…awkward.
Though she has zero desire to re-re-rekindle an old flame, Nicola can’t turn down the chance Max is offering: a lead role with the West Coast’s premiere Shakespeare company. But when their first rehearsal kiss disintegrates into a passionate liplock, she’s questioning her sanity and tempted to jump ship—before Max can break her heart again.
Now it’s up to Max to convince her that the torch he’s been carrying is actually an eternal flame.
OUR 4 STAR REVIEW
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There is nothing better than enjoying a glass of wine and a picnic dinner while watching a play under the stars. How many times have I sat a wondered about the actors on the stage: about the chemistry that is discovered during rehearsals, about the secrets and heartaches each one has in their personal life, or about the underlying reasons each actor found their way to the star-lit stage—not to mention the backstabbing and cattiness that always seems to go hand in hand with the world of drama So what better than to share a delightful story about a beautiful outdoor theater tasked with not only surviving the turbulent history of two actors with a past who find themselves sharing the stage and a few stolen moments, but also making this production something to save the company?
Add in some Hollywood drama, a few members vying for the spotlight, a bit of corruption, and the magical spice of jealousy—as well as some brilliant lines from Shakespeare—and a few other surprises— and you are given a delightful read in which Walker has woven together a creative and romantic story with passion, frustration, uncertainty, and drama. For as Shakespeare would say, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” So why should it be any different on stage.
Although a bit predictable and a little slower that I would have liked—at least at the beginning— this was an excellent read and made me ready for the next Shakespeare Festival event.
*I was gifted a copy for my honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eliza Walker, a native of Los Angeles, is the author of the Much Ado About Love Series that begins with A Midsummer Night’s Fling. Her experiences as an actress helped inspire the series about actors finding love amidst the bedlam backstage at a world-class repertory theater. Once upon a time, Eliza met her own wonderful husband when they did a play together.
By day Eliza helps corral engineers for NASA (without doing any of the tech stuff herself, of course). By night she loves to write her sarcastic heroes and heroines bantering their way to true love. Eliza is a total geek, a movie buff and a mediocre swing dancer. Eliza and her husband live in sunny Southern California with two of the neediest housecats on the planet.