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by Anne Fortier

Published: 2010-01-01
Paperback : 464 pages
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"A feast of myth, history, and tantalizing indulgences—I was swept away, blown away, and taken for ransom. Anne Fortier breathes new life into the Shakespearean tragedy we thought we knew. I fell in love with Juliet all over again"—Jaime Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

“One of those rare novels that have it all. . . I was swept away.”—Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

"Anne Fortier delivers a rollicking quest through the dark alleyways and shimmering hill towns that once inspired Shakespeare's great love story. This book has everything: Juliet and Romeo; the Italian nobility and the mafia underworld; swashbuckling heroes and spunky heroines; secret documents and hidden treasures; passionate loves and violent vendettas that span the centuries. Juliet is a thrilling debut novel, completely saturated in fascinating history."—Katherine Neville, author of The Fire

"This book is a stunner. Elegantly written in exquisite, vibrant and witty prose that rides well with the clever use of quotes from Shakespeare, it interweaves an astonishing historic take on the tale of the star-crossed lovers with a fast-paced, modern thriller. Every sentence is a joy, every character lives, and medieval and modern Siena are brilliantly evoked. The theme is delightfully original - and the kind of thing you wish you had thought up yourself. The author is to be congratulated on a truly fabulous book that will surely be a resounding success! We will never see Romeo and Juliet in quite the same way again..."—Alison Weir

"Spinning backward and forward from Shakespeare's immortal play, Anne Fortier puts to delicious use all the familiar Romantic motifs alternating with complex contemporary intrigue to weave a multi-layered cloth of stories within stories, where fortunes turn in an instant and every character is a shape shifter. Boldly imagined, brilliantly plotted, beautifully described, Juliet will carry you spellbound until the gripping end. An astonishing achievement."—Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue and Luncheon of the Boating Party

"In her debut novel, Anne Fortier takes a great idea—a young woman discovers she is the descendant of the Juliet who inspired Shakespeare's play—and executes it thrillingly. Juliet has it all—history, mystery, and romance. Ms. Fortier handles the dual plot lines with mastery, beautifully rendering Siena of the past and present."—Karen Essex, author of Leonardo’s Swans and Stealing Athena

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  "Juliet"by Felicia (. (see profile) 06/24/13

This is one of my all time favorite books! It has romance, mystery and adventure. It reminds me of one of the novels that Catherine Morland would have read in Northanger Abbey.

  "Lost focus"by F Tessa B. (see profile) 10/23/12

Audio book performed by Cassandra Campbell.

Moving back and forth between the 1340 “true” story of Giulietta Tolomei and Romeo Marescotti, and the modern day Julie Jacobs’s efforts

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  "Juliet by Anne Fortier"by Meg H. (see profile) 07/27/12

I love this book. Have now "read" it once and "listened" to it twice. It's a very enjoyable read.

  "Didn't Like It!"by Kristi F. (see profile) 06/25/12

I have never read Shakespere's "Romeo and Juliet" and was looking forward to reading this modern version of the story. The first three chapters were really very good and kept me intrigued. However, soon... (read more)

  "A well done love story"by Margaret W. (see profile) 11/30/11

I loved this book. Some in our book club found it cheesy but I thought it was a beautiful love story with an interesting twist on the classic tale. It really makes you want to visit Siena immediately!... (read more)

  "Juliet"by Carene O. (see profile) 11/26/11

We loved this book! It is the one of very few books I really wanted to read again later (and I have!)

  "A different take on Romeo and Juliet"by Karen M. (see profile) 09/16/11

The book goes back and forth from past to present. The characters are vibrant. Juliet goes to Italy after her grandmother dies and the truth unfolds as to what had really happened to her fa... (read more)

  "Juliet"by chris h. (see profile) 08/08/11

Part treasure hunt, part search for answers to secrets in the family tree, part sibling distrust and rivalry, part romance, and part supernatural story of curses, blood feuds and determination to find... (read more)

  "Over-reaching and a tad convoluted - still not a bad story"by Jodie B. (see profile) 06/14/11

I wanted to like this book a great deal more than I did. It was a bit too ambitious and broad in scope and I think that's what did it in. By the end it was Raiders of the Lost Ark meets trying-to-be-Shakespeare... (read more)

  "Historical Fiction"by tonya t. (see profile) 05/14/11

Juliet inheirts a key to a saftey deposit box in another country.She thought she would be inheirting money from her beloved aunt. She travels abroad to find out what is in the saftey depoist box. There... (read more)

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