This was a spectacular blend of intrigue and comedy, with a fabulous line of prose. I was immediately drawn into the story by the narrator and the way it was written, and continued to be pushed along by not only that prose, but the constant development of yet more to discover. There were some "twists" that were not surprising, but there were some that few would see coming. Excellent, excellent story.
Did I mention it takes place nearly completely in Siena? I could just see the city on the pages.
Agree with previous reviewer who could not get into this; I couldn't either, felt formulaic, good twin, bad twin has been done to death (see A Stolen Life - Bette Davis movie here). I mean come on; aunt leaves money to one twin, key mystery to the other - to be solved by trip to Italy of course.
Despite a promising start, this book quickly dissolved into an overly convoluted plot that was over the top. Bloodlines from the original Romeo and Juliet spill over to the present time and the old feuds must be resolved. Still I enjoyed it enough to want to read the author's other book 'The Lost Sisterhood.'
"Julie Jacobs' great-aunt has just died, leaving her a key to a safe-deposit box in Siena, Italy (and everything else to Julie's twin). Once safely there, she finds old letters and a copy of Romeo and Juliet in the box -- and learns that she's descended from an old Italian family whose rivalry with another may very well have inspired the Shakespearean play. As Julie gets caught up in the mystery of her ancestry, she also follows clues left by her mother -- who'd died decades earlier -- to find gemstones known as "Juliet's Eyes." Julie's story alternates with one set in 1340, between the original Romeo and Juliet; together these parallel narratives create an intricately plotted tale that "reads like a Da Vinci Code for the smart modern woman" (Publishers Weekly)." Fiction A to Z May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/96117fb3-f773-4ebe-a30e-0933ee1fb11f?postId=88caf547-9d7c-4692-932a-8cbe7ef5fe90
A fascinating story about two Juliets. One in present day, the other the historical Juliet from the 1340's and about whose life story Shakespeare's play is based. The book alternates between then and now. As the story progresses you realize that the two Juliets are linked and there is a mystery as well.
Well written. My only complaints are - 1) the sections from the 1340's where it describes how Romeo and Juliet kill themselves rather than be apart, is a bit more gruesome than I care for. But its only 2 pages so it isn't a huge fault, and 2) I found some of the lengthy explanations of the various family members and the Italian traditions of that time (the 1340's) a bit tedious. But it wasn't excessive and I got through it. The ending is happy and quite satisfying.
Julia is a young woman who discovers that her past is different than she's been told. When her Aunt Rose dies, she goes off to Italy to discover what her mother's legacy really was.
She is befriended by a woman she meets on the plane, and helped to find her way around Sienna. When she meets the woman's godson, things don't go as smoothly, and she isn't sure what to think of Alessandro. Danger seems to be stalking her, and she isn't sure who to trust.
What she finds is a link back to the original Romeo and Juliet, a story she's been fascinated with all her life. In the papers she finds, she reads about the original lovers back in 1340, and is intrigued. As she follows the clues, others seem to be following her.
A story with intrigue, danger and mystery, and romance. Will Romeo and Juliet's story end better this time round, or will the curse continue.
I just couldn't put this book down. It was a tad difficult to follow because there are two different time periods being talked about. I found myself having to flip back and forth to connect the dots, but the storyline is compelling and makes it a worthwhile read.
i had to read it because my book club chose it. We pretty well all thought it was a mistake. Most refused to finish it. "Girly fluff" plot, and poorly written to boot. The author should contract with Harlequin Romances
Thought this would be a great book. Was a little disappointed as just couldn't get into it.And I DID try.
This book is beautifully written set in two different time periods, weaving together the paths of two women of the same name with similar destiny's. The plot takes you on a journey and everytime you think you have it figured it out, it surprises you. I did find the first 100 pages difficult to get through, but once through it I couldn't put it down. It is filled with mystery, suspense, romance, historical material and is set the beautiful Tuscan village of Siena, and that alone makes it worth the read.
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