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Juliet (edition 2010)

by Anne Fortier

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Title:Juliet
Authors:Anne Fortier
Info:Ballantine Books (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 464 pages
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Juliet by Anne Fortier

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This book is modern day re-telling of the story of Romeo and Juliet, complete with warring families, a look at Italian history, a family curse and, of course, love. The story follows Julie Jacobs (aka Giulietta Tolomei), following the death of her beloved Aunt Rose, when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister Janice. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy. This sets the stage for Julie's trip to Siena to follow clues in search of her family's great secret and possibly a great treasure. The text alternates between Julie's modern day discoveries in Italy and the historical background of the story of Romeo and Juliet (who Julie may be directly descended from). I think this book could be described as historical fiction as well as a thriller, though I felt it was a little thin as a romance. The historical retelling of the Romeo and Juliet was the more interesting part of the novel—some of the modern characters were just a little too silly or obnoxious—leaving the novel somewhat uneven. A 3 ½ out of 5 stars. ( )
  marsap | Apr 7, 2014 |
good read ( )
  mamakalama | Mar 24, 2014 |
When Julietta's great aunt dies, she leaves her nothing but a note and a mystery. Julie finds herself traveling to Italy. What starts off as a journey of self discovery turns into a quest to solve a centuries old mystery. ( )
  Laurie.Schultz | Mar 15, 2014 |
This book was amazing, I've got a new favorite!

If you like re-tellings of Romeo & Juliet this is definitely a book to check out! ( )
  Steph1203 | Mar 14, 2014 |
I thought Juliet would be interesting just on the basis of its association with Shakespeares play. It turns out I couldn’t put the book down. I enjoyed the characters and plot. There were interesting surprises as the characters progress throughout the book.

The plot was based on a manuscript that pre-dated Shakespeare by over a century. Juliet was actually Giulietta Tolomei and Romeo, Romeo Marescotti. The Tolomei were at war, not with the Marescotti, but the powerful Salimbeni. The setting was not Verona but Siena.

The book consisted between alternating narratives of the mid-fourteenth century and today. Julie Jacobs discovers upon her aunt Rose's death that her real name is Giulietta Tolomei. The descendant of the real Juliet from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Each Guiletta finds her Romeo. However, their fates don’t turn out to be the same.

I look forward to seeing the next title from Anne Fortier. ( )
  jamesfallen | Feb 7, 2014 |
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Lovers of adventurous fiction will lose themselves in Fortier's exciting, intricately woven tale.
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After she visits Italy per the instructions of her late aunt's will, Juliet Jacobs is thrust into a centuries-old feud, uncovering the story of her ancestor, Giulietta, whose love for a man named Romeo proved ill-fated, and finding herself under threat after the past and present begin to resemble one another.… (more)

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