The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

This is a story with a stolen plot.  In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Viola disguises herself as a man and then falls in love with Orsino.  He thinks she is a man and fearfully wonders why he is attracted – until the big reveal at the end when everything becomes clear and both are able to declare their love to each other.

The story was repeated  in Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Yentl the Yeshiva Boy (made into a movie starring Barbara Striesand).

Wherein Yentl – a Jewish girl- dresses as her dead brother and enters a religious school.  Once there, she falls in love with a classmate named Avigdor.  In this case, however, she doesn’t get the man.

In The Education of Bet,  Will is continually being kicked out of different schools. Bet (Elizabeth) wants to go to school, but isn’t allowed.  So she dresses like a boy and takes Will’s place – and he goes off to sea. Once at school, she falls in love with James.  I’m not going to tell you how it ends, but I will say that I believe this may prove to be the 1st book in a series.

This book was entertaining and the story seemed true to the time period it was set in.  I  recommend it for anyone out there who isn’t interested in another paranormal romance. (If they exist.)


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