Juliet, an ambitious, utterly engaging historical novel on the scale of The Thirteenth Tale and The Birth of Venus, follows a young woman who discovers that her family’s origins reach all the way back to literature’s greatest star-crossed lovers.
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?
You can read an excerpt of Juliet by Anne Fortier here.
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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.
I loved this debut novel from Anne Fortier! It is full of twists, turns, romance, excitement and is a page turner right until the very last page. What intrigued me the most about this modern-day Romeo and Juliet tale was the exquisite descriptions of Italy. Absolutely stunning, making me feel like I could be right there as the story was being told.
With well-developed characters and story lines, any lover of historical romance/fiction will love Juliet! The past and present come together in a beautiful manner, and it is very evident that the author has done her research for the sake of accuracy. A superb, "Da Vinci Code" style book, that will appeal to all kinds of fiction lovers!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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****I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Pump Up Your Book Promotions, in exchange for a review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***