From the Publisher’s Website:
When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a winding and perilous journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo rocked the foundations of medieval Siena. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families involved in Shakespeare’s unforgettable blood feud, she begins to realize that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is the next target. It seems that the only one who can save Julie from her fate is Romeo—but where is he?
About the Author:
Anne Fortier grew up in Denmark and emigrated to the United States in 2002 to work in film. She co-produced the Emmy-winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia and holds a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas from Aarhus University in Denmark. The story of Juliet was inspired by Anne Fortier’s mother, who always considered Verona her true home … until she discovered Siena.You can visit Anne Fortier’s website at www.julietbook.com.
Romeo and Juliet is one of the saddest and most romantic tales there is. And I have never read it. I just could never get my head around Shakespeare. Oh well. We all know the story, don’t we. In this modern retelling Julie Jacobs finds out she is descended from Guilietta Tolomei – the real Juliette around whom the legend was written.
Julie’s mother and father had died under mysterious circumstances in Italy when Julie and her twin sister Janet were toddlers. Their Aunt Rose came and whisked them away to safety. They knew very little about their parents. Her Aunt Rose dies and suddenly Julie’s world is turned upside down.
Following her Aunt’s death Julie finds out she is not inheriting half of her estate with her twin sister. THAT relationship is not good. She and her sister have always been at loggerheads. When a letter from her dead aunt encourages her to go to Italy in search of something her mother left behind she is not sure. Umberto, her aunt’s long time butler/house help gives her the push she needs to go in search of her past.
And what a past she finds. Julie finds that it was not Verona but Sienna where the two star crossed lovers burned so brightly yet briefly. She also learns that there is a curse on her family and that to eradicate it she must find her Romeo.
I really enjoyed this book. It is almost two books – the tale of modern day Julie and then the backstory of Romeo and Guilietta from 1340. The chapters go back and forth, It was fascinating to see how Ms. Fortier bound the two stories together with the ancient Romeo and Juliet and the modern pair. There was romance, intrigue, suspense and comedy. What more could one ask for in a book. I find myself still thinking about it even though I finished it days ago.
The only character I had any problems with at all was Janet – she just seemed a bit one note. But I suppose she was needed to drive plot. All in all though it was a thoroughly enjoyable novel and one I will read again.
Juliet is available at Amazon.com
Disclosure: I received a gratis copy of Juliet from Pump up Your Books. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by the receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.