Melissa Rose Bernardo
February 08, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Lady Macbeth

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Susan Fraser King
publisher
Crown
genre
Fiction, Romance

We gave it a B+

If you think you know Lady M, think again. in Lady Macbeth, Susan Fraser King’s 11th-century superwoman — as adept at swordplay as needlework — is a far cry from Shakespeare’s sleepwalking, hand-washing, courage-screwing gorgon. She’s full of the milk of human kindness — even after she’s thrust into a marriage of convenience, knocked up, and forced to wed her husband’s murderer (Macbeth becomes her partner, never her pawn). Romance vet King tends to tug on the heartstrings, but the scene of rapprochement between our heroine and Mac’s mistress makes up for most of the hair-tossing, you-go-girl moments. B+

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