James Carter sent me a coupon to download this book. I have been a fan of The Taming of the Shrew for years, and Kate will always have a special place in my heart. If you like light-hearted romantic slapstick, The Shrew Untamed is a great find. If you're looking for a sequel to Shakespeare, keep looking. This play is closer to Moliere than a modern Shakespeare.
The Shrew Untamed looks at three very differnt married couples: the happily married Kate and Petruchio, a year after their marriage; Kate's sister Bianca and her husband Lucentio, the stereotypical modern couple who want completely opposite things from their marriage; and Maria and Gabrielle, a friend of Lucentio. The latter couple provide most of the comedy despite being the "third tier" storyline as they work out the differences between "traditional" and "modern" expectations of the roles of spouses. There are moments of great comedy, but it's all rather stereotypical of what you'll find in most TV sitcoms and not at all reminiscent of Shakespeare.
I am a huge, huge fan of Maggie Shayne's novels, and I've had the privilege of knowing her online for over a decade now (I think we "met" sometime around 1998/1999). I received the book as a review copy from Smashwords.
If you like advice columns, then you'll probably enjoy this book. Ms. Shayne wrote an advice column "Shayne on You" in Norwich, NY's The Evening Sun from 2007 to 2010, and she has gathered the best letters from that column with several blog posts into this book. The book is divided into sections on fitness, holidays, kids, relationships, finances, and more.
Ms. Shayne's column was primarily based on her life philosophy, which is sort of a modified version of The Law of Attraction (aka, The Secret). And this is where she sometimes loses me. I'm a bit more of a realist than Ms. Shayne, so I don't necessarily believe that just changing your attitude will get you what you want. However, and this is a BIG however, it will certainly improve your outlook on what you've got. That alone is generally the main thing the advice-seekers need.
So, while I wasn't wowed by the book, it's certainly something I'd pass on to friends who need practical, positive advice along with the idea of just getting a different perspective on their lives from the usual (and all-too-easy) doom-and-gloom reflected in the media and most people. Maybe that different, more upbeat perspective will be exactly what the doctor ordered!