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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Book Review: Juliet

Summary from GoodReads: Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. 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 key sends Julie on a journey that will change her life forever—a journey into the troubled past of her ancestor Giulietta Tolomei. In 1340, still reeling from the slaughter of her parents, Giulietta was smuggled into Siena, where she met a young man named Romeo. Their ill-fated love turned medieval Siena upside-down and went on to inspire generations of poets and artists, the story reaching its pinnacle in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.     But six centuries have a way of catching up to the present, and Julie gradually begins to discover that here, in this ancient city, the past and present are hard to tell apart. The deeper she delves into the history of Romeo and Giulietta, and the closer she gets to the treasure they allegedly left behind, the greater the danger surrounding her—superstitions, ancient hostilities, and personal vendettas. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families involved in the unforgettable blood feud, she begins to fear that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is destined to be its next target. Only someone like Romeo, it seems, could save her from this dreaded fate, but his story ended long ago. Or did it?    From Anne Fortier comes a sweeping, beautifully written novel of intrigue and identity, of love and legacy, as a young woman discovers that her own fate is irrevocably tied—for better or worse—to literature’s greatest star-crossed lovers.From the Hardcover edition.

My Review: Julie Jacobs is on her way to Italy to retrace her family history {something I've always wanted to do, by the way}.  You'll find several different aspects to this book: love story, thriller and historical romance. There's even some funny parts between Julie and her sister. 

This book does flip back and forth between present and past. It gives some incites into the classic tale of Romeo & Juliet--some of it is as we already know from the original, but it does have some other little facts that are very interesting.

To me, the love story fell a little short of what I was expecting. I guess maybe I was expecting a love story as great as Romeo & Juliet. It's still, int he end, a great book. I would even say this is mostly a teen read. 

If you are a fan of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, this is a must read. If you thought that Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet was not to your liking, this is still a must read that brings our Juliet into a modern time. This book not only covers several different areas of writing but it also can reach out to more than one age base. This is great for a cold night, in front of your fireplace with some tea a blanket and your favorite cuddle partner. 

RATING: ♥♥♥♥

Pages: 459

Review copy of this book provided by the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.

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