Monday, August 8, 2011

Guest Review of Juliet by Anne Fortier

From the Cover:
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.

Julies Take:
Juliet, by Anne Fortier is part mystery, part action/adventure, and part romance. It has been described as a modern-day re-telling of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", which if that were true, it would fall under the category of "over-done British literary adaptations" and I probably would have picked it up just because I'm a sucker for Shakespeare. But, that description falls short in so many ways. It is a modern-day re-telling, but it is so much more! It is one of the most well-written mysteries I have read in a long time. Every time I thought I had something figured out, Fortier threw a curve-ball and had me scratching my head again trying to figure out exactly what was going on, who was who, and who could actually be trusted. To me, a truly well-written mystery (or any really good novel, for that matter) keeps you guessing and doesn't take the predictable plot line and this book delivers beautifully. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure through modern-day Siena, Italy intertwined with the unfolding of the "true" happenings of 1340 Siena that supposedly inspired Shakespeare's famous play. If you are a fan of Shakespeare, romance, mystery, or hot Italian men you should definitely take the time to read Juliet, by Anne Fortier.

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