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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  17,811 ratings  ·  3,101 reviews
Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved Aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.

Hardcover, 447 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Anne Fortier
Jan 16, 2014 Anne Fortier rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Is it wrong to list my own book here? Probably. But seriously, I love this story, and I can't tell you how hard it was for me to sign off on the manuscript and -- after three years of writing and editing -- move out of the lush, mysterious world of Siena ... Would I love to write a sequel? You bet I would! And maybe, God willing, one day I will.
I'm in love with this book. That's not an understatement, I would probably have picked it straight up and read it again but, I'm so behind schedule that it wasn't an option (although I might have to stick a post-it on the front to remind myself in future ;))

I've always been the stereotypical woman who has swooned appropriately at Romeo & Juliet so I picked this book up thinking it would be a fun modern re-write that I could forget about soon after. Turns out though that this was so much more
I saw great reviews about this book in several places, including at least two magazines. So I gave it a go. But now I'm left with the confusion that comes when you don't like something that everyone else seems to love.

The story follows the modern-day ancestors of the real-life Romeo and Juliet, who believe themselves to be victims of a curse that has plagued the families for 600 years, ever since Romeo and Juliet were not allowed to be together. The book provides some insight into the historical
Jul 08, 2011 kari rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
So, where to begin?
The first page is wonderfully crafted; the first page. I thought, wow, this is going to be really wonderful. And I still love that first page, but the other 446 pages not so much. I wanted to love all of it, I really did. O, I am fortune’s fool to have believed in you, first page!
There are two main stories running throughout the book. The modern day one is about the search for a priceless treasure which will possibly lift the curse on the two houses, Shakespeare’s Capulets and
Bleh... Really predictable Juliet reincarnation (genealogically speaking) story. Think 'Letters for Juliet' movie mixed with 'The DeVinci Code' and you get the picture.

It started out strong with an interesting and sympathetic heroine. But once the hero was introduced the dialogue got really, really corny. Like roll-my-eyes corny. And the heroine was TSTL in one of my pet peeve ways. She'd miss tons of tons of really obvious clues, and then think to herself, "wow, I feel stupid. It would have bee
1.5 stars. This book has garnered a lot of hype. Many have called it a woman's DaVinci Code. I can somewhat buy the comparison but only a little bit. First of all, in DaVinci Code, the "exposed secrets" are much further reaching than the "true story" behind Romeo and Juliet. Many complained about the terrible writing in DaVinci Code but, to be honest, the story was intriguing enough that I didn't notice it too much. Such is not the case with "Juliet." First of all, the author uses "had" before e ...more
Skimming through the comments of other GoodReads reviewers, I am definitely voicing a minority opinion when I fail to wax enthusiastic about this "cute" book. And, I think that is my criticism of Fortier's re-telling of Shakespeare's story---she just strived too hard to make it readable and clever. And, she ended up with cute. What a shame.

I hoped this would be an academic quest similar to A.S. Byatt's Posession, and Fortier's concept for the novel could have led to a much more interesting and s
I'm so happy to be finished with this book - it feels like I've been reading it forever! Unfortunately, my stash of books didn't last the whole vacation so I was forced to pick this one up for the lengthy flight from Los Angeles to Columbus.

I always test books I buy by reading the first page and this book had the most outstanding first page out of all my options. I breezed through the first part of the book and then it dragged.

I tried reading one chapter a night. Now, two weeks later, I finally
This book started out with a good hook; the sad-sack Julie is viciously cut out of her dead Aunt’s will and her sister gets everything. But Julie gets a key to a safety deposit box in Siena that will be—in a completely obvious literal and metaphorical sense—the key to her past.

I was with Fortier at this point. I couldn’t really get a handle on Julie yet as a character but there were still about 400 pages to go so I thought the book would get there. That’s where the problems for me started. It s
Shawn Rooney
Don't let the flower on the cover fool you. This is a book that superficially will appeal to women (Romeo and Juliet, forebidden love, etc.), but I believe will be enoyed by anyone who liked The Divinci Code and has at least a passing interest in Shakespeare. I thought that Fortier did a masterful job at weaving a most intriguing story through over six hundred years of Italian history and folklore. A very entertaining, fast paced book; and I would recommend it to anyone.

What's not to love? It has everything! It is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, so rich in history, and laced with mystery and action in every page, that it becomes reminiscent of The DaVinci Code!

This was a difficult book to put down and not devour in one sitting. I struggled to slow my pace and savor each line and page from the very start.

Anne Fortier did a remarkable job in crafting this amazing book! One could tell how much research was done to capture t
My goodreads challenge is making me feel guilty about all my unfinished books (how will I ever reach 100 books this year if I keep giving up on what I'm reading?); yet I've decided that it really doesn't pay to listen to an audiobook if turning it on is increasingly serving as a cue to space out with my own slightly less predictable thoughts. Because I just. Can't. Listen. To this any more.

The rose on the cover of this book should have served as a cue that it wasn't for me, but it was available
I really wonder at the person in our bookclub who chose this book. And I wonder even more at all those readers on GR who gave it more than 2--more than 3!--stars. Just goes to show: mediocrity is alive and well.

I try to be fair when I review and give stars for every book based on its context. I would not, therefore, rate this silly book badly simply because it's not a Jane Austen or Ernest Hemingway one!

Even so, I struggled from the first page, had to fight not to skip the historical chapters, w
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Normally I wont buy a hard cover...III wait till it comes out in paperback or borrow. But as I was reading the inside flap of the book of Juliet, it seemed to be told compariable to authors Barbara Erskine & Kate Mosse. The story is told in past/present as Barbara Erskine does with her books. Anne Fortier did a good job with this.The story also has a Labyrinthine structure which Kate Mosse does in hers which also was well done.Though the medieval parts are good,I found them not always exciti ...more
Aug 08, 2011 Parvathy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers, mystery lovers,consipiracy enthusiasts
Recommended to Parvathy by: goodreads
I have always maintained the idea that Romeo and Juliet one of Shakespeare's immortalized tragedies were immortalized solely due to the fact the it is a tragedy. If Romeo and Juliet had a happy ending things would have been different and this immortalized classic would have joined the ranks of many "Happily ever after" stories and long forgotten. Don't get me wrong, "Happily ever after" stories are my favorite kind. There is something about those three lines at the end of the story that makes yo ...more
"Juliet" is a story of everlasting and immortal love of Romeo and Juliette, but not as in Shakespeare’s tale. This is a a story within a story novel, the narrative switches between present day and the middle ages in 1340. Romance( in great amounts), mystery, history, treasure hunts, curses, suspense, adventure - all set in glorious Italy, in Siena (not Verona!).There are so many deceptive twists and turns in this entertaining novel, it's definitely a page-turner, and that is the reason why I gav ...more
Tonya Leavitt
Modern day Juliet finds her own Romeo while searching for the real Romeo and Juliet, who inspired Shakespeare's famous play. Basically you get two love stories for the price of one, told side by side and all wrapped up in history, mystery, family drama, tragedy, and sprinkled with Shakespeare. If I was on a hamster wheel with my last two reads (Fallen and Torment) then I was on a bullet train with this book and I had a fabulous trip!

Just can't complain about....Siena, Italy, the setting of this
I read alot of books, but rarely do I go out and purchase them. I had to wait a few days to decide what to rate this book. I knew I liked it ALOT, but I had to really think is it one that I would be comfortable to have on my book shelf. And after three days of not being able to get it out of my mind, I knew I would have to purchase this book.

I am not a huge Shakespeare fan, Yes I am aware of the classic's basic story line (thanks to high school English) but that is really all I ever got into. So
Dois romances interligados, que têm tanto de lírico como de moderno, e que nos encantam e nos levam a viajar por tempos e lugares que só visitamos em sonhos.
Anne Fortier entrançou inúmeros fios de informação e excertos da história romântica e eterna de Romeu e Julieta. Quem já ouviu falar nas suas mortes trágicas, no seu amor e na sua paixão, e se apaixonou por essa pureza de sentimentos vai-se apaixonar novamente e até meter em causa algumas palavras de William Shakespeare.
Este foi o livro com
*mild spoiler alert* Romeo and Juliette meets DaVinci Code. Good story with WAY too much going on. There are actually 2 stories being told here; the ancient version from which Shakespeare based his play, and a modern day version where they try to right the wrongs of their ancestors. I actually liked the way she rewrote the events of the original Romeo and Juliette. The details make a lot more sense than Shakespeare's version. (Am I the only one who finds his Romeo completely whiny and annoying?) ...more
I admit, I’m kind of waffling between 3 and 4 stars with this one. I thought I would love this book, and at the story’s beginning, I did. I was really pulled in by the mystery – why did great-aunt Rose leave Julie only a key to a safe deposit box in Italy, while leaving Julie’s twin Janice everything else? Why did she keep their identities a secret and only divulge their real names and circumstances of their early life in Siena, Italy upon her death?

The further I read, the less compelled I becam
Its been a while since I've read a book, where there's no biting during sex, or just no sex at all.. And its been a while since I've read a book, where there's not one single guy-on-guy make out scene.. (Yeah, dont ask ;) And its been even longer since I've read a book in Danish.. and I kinda wish I hadnt actually.. I didnt like the translation -at all- which is very strange considering that the author is from Denmark. I cant believe she approved this version, but whatever.. The translator was p ...more
Brilliant book!! Its nothing like what i was expecting. It has this old Shakespearean feel to it,and there's mystery,secrets,old stories come to life,romance,laughter and lots lots lots of surprises. It truly enchanted me :D

Julie is such a great character,i could relate to her. I loved Alesandro and her sister and Umberto and just every single character had his own wonderful side. <3

This book traveled me to Italy..and since i've been to Siena i can verify for its magic. The scenery and the s
Extraordinary story!Too bad that ratings on this site have 5 stars,beacuse this book deserve 10 stars!This is the one of the best and the most beautiful book that I read in my life and Thanks to Anne Fortier we have this beautiful story in the magical world of books :)
Jenny Q
I really, really wanted to love this book. And I started out loving this book! The beginning is great, opening with an eloquent and mysterious prologue that instantly makes you want to read more. Julie Jacobs' great-aunt Rose dies and leaves Julie a key to a safe deposit box in Siena, Italy, along with a letter telling her that her real name is Giulietta Tolomei and hinting at answers to questions Julie and her twin sister Janice have always asked about their parents, who died when the girls wer ...more
Just received my advanced copy. Can't wait to start.

The novel goes back and forth between a modern day love story and the original story about Romeo and Juliet which takes place in 1340 in Sienna. According to the book Shakespeare based his story of Romeo and Juliet on real people and changed the details and the setting from Sienna to Verona.
Juliet, who is the main character of the book, inherits a key to a safety deposit box in Sienna, Italy. She travels there to find her treasure and discov
I have pretty mixed feelings about this book.In the beginning I felt very excited by it, and it had some good elements that kept me going throughout, but overall it was a disappointment. Still, it was a page-turner enough that I think it deserves the three stars, but overall it doesn't meet my expectations. (Note: there are a few spoilers, but not many that you wouldn't guess yourself, so I'm not hiding the review. Nevertheless, if you totally want to avoid all spoilers, don't go on.)

The premise
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο και πολλάκις ανά τους αιώνες, οι ρομαντικές ιστορίες αγάπης αποτέλεσαν πηγή έμπνευσης για τους διάφορους συγγραφείς. Ωστόσο η κατάληξή τους δεν ήταν πάντα ευχάριστη. Αντίθετα, υπήρξαν συγγραφικοί έρωτες που αρνούμενοι να χάσουν την δύναμή τους, ακολούθησαν τον δρόμο της τραγικότητας, μένοντας με αυτό τον τρόπο για πάντα ζωντανοί και ισχυροί. Η πιο γνωστή δραματουργία του συγγραφικού έρωτα είναι δίχως άλλο εκείνη του Shakespeare και του "Ρωμαίου και Ιουλιέτας". Μπορεί η φήμη ...more
Pembukaan yang langsung bikin penasaran...

Setting yang memikat....Bayangkan Siena dengan bangunan-bangunan tuanya, kota yang bernapas dalam sejarah karena di sana waktu seolah berhenti berputar. Belum lagi Bottini atau gua-gua bawah tanahnya yang misterius.

Bumbu sejarah yang menarik...seperti Da Vinci Code, ada elemen sejarah yang sungguh-sungguh terjadi dalam kisah ini, dipadu dengan fiksi dan kisah asmara. Elemen sejarahnya tentu saja kisah nyata percintaan Romeo dan Juliet (Giulietta) di tahu
I bought this book because I like the cover - well, again cover something catch my eyes :p. This book is amazing!. The blend of Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet and Dan Brown novel Not only the modern story of romeo and juliet that Anne Fortier tell but also the past life of romeo and juliet so reader could understand every single terms that has happened in Sienna. A lot of twist and make it not a boring book and also make me curious with those two stories. The setting of this story also make me fee ...more
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Anne Fortier grew up in Denmark, but immigrated to the United States in 2002. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas and co-produced the Emmy-winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia (2005). Her first novel in English, JULIET (2010), was published in over 30 countries and became a New York Times bestseller. Her next book, THE LOST SISTERHOOD, will be out on March 1 ...more
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