I thought Juliet would be interesting just on the basis of its association with Shakespeares play. It turns out I couldn’t put the book down. I enjoyed the characters and plot. There were interesting surprises as the characters progress throughout the book.
The plot was based on a manuscript that pre-dated Shakespeare by over a century. Juliet was actually Giulietta Tolomei and Romeo, Romeo Marescotti. The Tolomei were at war, not with the Marescotti, but the powerful Salimbeni. The setting was not Verona but Siena.
The book consisted between alternating narratives of the mid-fourteenth century and today. Julie Jacobs discovers upon her aunt Rose's death that her real name is Giulietta Tolomei. The descendant of the real Juliet from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Each Guiletta finds her Romeo. However, their fates don’t turn out to be the same.
I look forward to seeing the next title from Anne Fortier.