The first part of the book is Angelica's story. She nurses Juliet, gets to know the nine-year-old Tybalt, and enjoys bawdy romps with Pietro. The second part of the book is the story of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet told from the standpoint of the nurse. Tybalt and Juliet are now grown, and she has become interested in the opposite sex.
The book is an engaging take on the nurse, one of Shakespeare's most famous minor characters. I enjoyed the first part of the novel, although I thought the author missed opportunities to tie the first half more closely to the tragedy of the second half. The feud between the Cappelletti and the Montecchi isn't mentioned. It would have been interesting to see the tragedy foreshadowed in the early gossip about the feud.
Some of the characters, Pietro, Tybalt and Mercutio, are fascinating and for me one of the highlights of the book. If you enjoyed Shakespeare's Play, you may enjoy this take on the background. If you've never seen or read the play, this is still a good period novel.
I reviewed this book for Net Galley.