For One More Tomorrow
November 7, 2012
A tale of the supernatural
Elizabeth Bailey’s high concept novel brings the real Macbeth back from the dead to challenge Shakespeare’s villainous twist on his life.
FOR ONE MORE TOMORROW
Is director Sadie Grey going mad? Or is the Macbeth play really haunted by his ghost? Captured by the spirit’s virile and complex character, Sadie struggles to invest the commonplace performance of actor Curtis with the intensity of the true Macbeth.
Her direction flounders as she falls under the spirit’s spell, creating dissension in the cast. With her contract in jeopardy, Sadie has to choose – the play or “Mac”?
The resulting maelstrom throws Sadie into a nightmare encounter. Tragedy strikes. Can Mac and Sadie find a way through?
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I really didn’t know what to expect when I downloaded a copy of Elizabeth Bailey’s For One More Tomorrow to my Kindle. In the past, I’ve read some of her Regency romance novels, but based on the synopsis, I had a hunch that For One More Tomorrow was going to be different.
I was right.
Not only is the story set during contemporary times, it also explores how one fictionalized play production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is impacted by the presence of one powerful and cranky ghost.
Right from the beginning the production is in trouble. It’s a classic case of what can go wrong, will go wrong. The director, Sadie, is gifted but has difficulty communicating. The lead actor has a limited acting range and doesn’t take direction well, and the leading lady who happens to be married to the producer is in the midst of marital troubles. On top of that, The Scottish Play, has always been rumored to be cursed.
In For One More Tomorrow the curse takes form in the shape of Macbeth himself. It turns out that since his death, his spirit has been stuck in limbo. It also turns out that he feels that Shakespeare took terrible liberties when writing the late King’s story. In the past, Macbeth has been unable to do anything about the play, but now, thanks to a mysterious connection that allows Sadie to not only see, but also communicate with Ghostly Macbeth, he is determined to set the story straight.
I found the way Ms. Bailey handled the story to be brilliant. Not only has she created a unique tale, but she also did an excellent job of creating three dimensional characters that I, as a reader, was invested in, though there were times when I really didn’t like them. What was particularly fascinating with the story was the way Ms. Bailey was able to take an insecure director and an angry ghost and establish a romance between them that was organic and magical. I was fascinated with how much the pair was able to learn from one another.
As is often the case with good novels, while one relationship grew and developed, another was falling apart. Ms. Baily handled the psychology of both relationships with an expert hand and did a beautiful job of weaving the main plot and sub-plot together.
Reading the story, I felt like I got a real glimpse into what happens backstage during stage productions. It turns out it’s a great deal more stressful than some might imagine.
Although there are a few times when the story felt slow, those places were few and far between. Overall, I found For One More Tomorrow to be a gripping and engaging tale and fully expect to find myself rereading it at a future date. It’s a story that men and women will enjoy.
Writing provides Jess Schira with the unique opportunity to combine her love of agriculture, history, and unique characters into one project. When she's not writing, Jess can be found daydreaming, reading, and cheering on the Detroit Red Wings. She also spend an enormous amount of time with her horses, one of which seems to have gotten the idea that it's not a horse, but a dragon/cat hybrid. The same horse is currently teaching itself how to become a Ninja.
She has published one Georgian romance novella, Snowflakes & Beeswax.