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“Part modern-day thriller, part work of historical fiction, Anne Fortier delivers a wonderfully thrilling tale set in both present day and 14th century Italy, one that is based on the legend of Romeo and Juliet. While I found the historical parts slow, I quite literally couldn't put the book...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Juliet was stellar, captivating and such fun. And as the other female counterpart of the two most notable romantic and tragic historical or literary figures, Juliet was a perfect followup to Delilah, which I also greatly loved reading. Juliet was the story of a young woman who discovers a family lineage to the original Juliet, on which Shakespeare (in this novel) based the original story. The novel has all the elements: Intrigue, suspense, surprise, character and plot development, and sheer fun. The story of the current Juliet, parallels the midrash-style story of the original Juliet. You can't put it down. And a love story on the side, or wrapped up within as central, never hurts and always enhances. After some psychoanalytic literature for a discussion group on Wednesday, a 3 day training for Collaborative Divorce Coaching Thursday through Saturday, and a number of articles on Attachment Theory and Couples for my fellowship on Sunday, I am finally ready to start another book. This evening starting The Angel's Game, by Ruis, the author of Shadow of the Wind, which naturally, I'll have to read, and review... ”Amy F. wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book took a long time to read, mostly because I just couldn't get into it initially. The writing isn't great and often this book can't decide if it's a historical thriller or a cheesy romance novel.
But I'm glad I stick with it. Eventually it drew me in and I wanted to find out what would happen. Lots of twists and turns in the last half. ”
“When Julie's beloved aunt dies she discovers the family fortune has been left to her twin sister. All she has been left is a secret family treasure that was supposedly left for her by her mother in Siena, Italy. Julie heads for Italy where she discovers her real name is Giulietta and she is descended from the original Giulietta upon whom Shakespeare based his famous play. As she searches for information about her inheritance and the family she has never known, she discovers the original family feuds are still very much alive and well. Finding the treasure may well cost Julie her life. Will she find her Romeo? Will she end up dead like her famous ancestor? A charming tale of mystery and romance. ”Iceangel9 wrote this review Tuesday, August 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I had seen this book on B&N’s coming soon page and had to get it as soon as it was released-which I did at the end of August 2010. This book brought me into a month long obsession with Italy. I grilled my parents for days about our family which came from Italy. I was secretly hoping that there was some sort of cool mystery, death, or curse or something that would allow me to go on the same kind of adventure as the protagonist, Julie, did in Juliet. I was so disappointed when there was nothing-but I’m not giving my hopes up until I step foot in Italy and find out for myself ;)
Juliet begins with Julie Jacobs finding out about the death of her great aunt, who raised her and her sister, Janice. After she is told by Umberto, the butler, and her aunt’s lawyer that the estate was left for Janice, a broke Julie goes to Siena, Italy to find the family treasure that was left for her by their mother. In college, Julie Jacobs went to Italy with a group of peace activists only to be kicked out of the country and asked to never return. This time she enters the country as Giulietta Tolomei, her birth name. On the plane she meets Eva Maria Salimbeni who informs her to be careful about who she tells her name to. She begins to tell Julie, or Giulietta, about the history between their two families. What follows is 400 pages filled with a treasure hunt for Juliet’s eyes, a gold statue with very very valuable jewels for eyes. However, this statue is said to be located at the grave of Romeo and Juliet, which no one has seen since the black plague. Led by only her dead mother’s notes and a copy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Julie sets out on a wild treasure hunt. There is another thing-a powerful curse that all started with the Friar Lorenzo, who was the friar responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s romance all those years ago. As he was being tortured he cursed the Tolomei (Juliet and Julie’s family) and the Salimbeni (Eva Maria’s family-and the evil man who tore Juliet and Romeo apart’s family) family.
“A plague on both your houses
You shall all perish in fire and gore
Your children forever wail under a mad moon
Till you undo your sins and kneel before the Virgin
And Giulietta wakes to behold her Romeo.”
Of course Julie doesn’t have an easy time trying to end the curse and find the treasure- what with Alessandro Santini wanting her to stay away from him and his godmother Eva Maria. Then when he finally befriends Julie, he starts doing some very suspicious things. Then there’s the issue of someone on a motor cycle who keeps following her everywhere. And to top it off, the Maestro painter who she befriends and who owns the painting of the original Juliet from all those years ago, tells her that Romeo comes to his studio almost every night to drink a glass of wine and look at the painting. And no, he is no ghost- for ghosts don’t drink wine.
Take The Da Vinci Code, National Treasure, Romeo and Juliet, and Anne Fortier’s imagination and writing and you get Juliet, a beautiful love story spanning centuries and a treasure hunt. This is one of my favorite books. I opened it to skim through before writing this review and ended up rereading it completely -I did not expect to stay up until 5 AM. And now all I want to do is go to Siena. Having been to Italy once before (about 4 or 5 years ago) I have to say it felt like Italy, I was right there. Not only that but I remember seeing the places that she describes in the book, which make it all the more real.
The middle chunk of the book alternates between the past and present. The past being the “real” Romeo and Juliet in 1340. The story is sad and tragic. In my opinion, it’s even more tragic than the Shakespeare version. Now many years later, their decedents are cursed and trying to break it. But will Romeo and Juliet of today’s world find love or tragedy?
Julie Jacobs, or Giulietta was a great character. I truly related to her. I hated her twin sister, Janice, so much. But eventually grew to like her. Alessandro Santini is a hot Italian man. He is the head of security for the local 500 yr old bank, very hot, and a tortured soul. Who doesn’t love all that? Plus he’s got some secrets.
I URGE you to read this book. Juliet is a passionate tale of love, death, secrets, fate/destiny, and finding oneself. It will have you believing that Romeo and Juliet existed and that this curse is for real-which of course both aren’t true. You will be transported to Italy and will never want to leave. You will wish/pray/hope/beg that you can find your Romeo. You will beseech your parents to let you go to Italy to find love and adventure. You won’t know what to do with yourself when it ends. I give it 5 Kisses. ”
“Through the seductive and bloody history of Italian passion, Anne Fortier has melded Romeo and Juliet's tale of woe into one of hope. In the same octave that Shakespeare penned so long ago, Fortier shows the powerful human cruelty created by family ties, call them hatred or love, curse or blessing. Julie Jacobs is the direct descendant of the twin sister of Shakespeare's Juliet, and there is a Romeo descendant, too. Thrown together by the plans of their ancestors to dissolve Friar Lorenzo's curse upon the two families, the two current day characters question if they are a destined love affair. Perhaps it is true that a bond of marriage could earn the families the forgiveness of heaven? Can they end the curse that killed Julie's parents and ostracized Romeo's? They have a great adventure finding out. Excellent story!”Karen Hart wrote this review Tuesday, June 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Each chapter of the book rotates between about 1340 and modern day. Surprisingly, I preferred the modern day storyline over the historical one.
This book was rich in detail and history. Where it got a bit muddied for me was the sister, Janice. I don't see a point to her character at all other than to annoy every one.
“Loved this modern day fairy tale with the historic story and mystery tied in! ”Ashley wrote this review Sunday, February 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The story is set in Siena, one of my most favorite places. I did get confused at times between the different families but eventually figured things out.”TracySchoenberg wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“At 512 pages, this book was long but it kept me wanting to find out what was happening, and it went by too quickly. the Author and her Mother were visiting Sienna, Italy and the author knew she needing to write a story in that setting. Her mother came across the amazing fact that the first version of Romeo & Juliet was set right there in Siena, and not in Verona. It was published in Italy in 1476 by a writer called Masuccio Salernitano. There were also two feuding Families from the Middle Ages The Tolomeis and the Salimbenis. With this information she writes a Version of the Romeo and Juliet story, in both present day and in the 1340's. I don't like to give away too much of a story but the book includes various present day descendants of the characters in Romeo and Juliet, where History, romance, mystery and a whole lot of entertainment will keep you wanting to learn more. ”alison d wrote this review Tuesday, January 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No