Book review: ‘Speak Easy, Speak Love’ puts a 1920’s twist on a classic Shakespearean play


“Speak Easy Speak Love” is by McKelle George.

SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE,” by McKelle George, Greenwillow Books, $17.99, 432 pages (f) (ages 13 and up)

It’s 1927 and prohibition is going strong. Hey Nonny Nonny, a speakeasy that has been slowly losing revenues, is bent on staying open, and that means it needs a steady stream of alcohol and a group of young people daring enough to get it. It also means secret doors, prohibition agents and confused love triangles, all of which happen in the well-written novel “Speak Easy, Speak Love,” a retelling of “Much Ado About Nothing” by Utah author McKelle George.

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