After the death of her Great Aunt, Julie's world is turned upside down. Aunt Rose raised Julie and her twin sister, Janice, since they were three years old and survived the car crash that killed their parents. Now, more than twenty years later, Julie still doesn't know much about her family, except that her mother was American and her father was Italian and that they both died near the city of Siena. Aunt Rose leaves her estate to Janice and gives Julie nothing but the key to a safe-deposit box. She's intrigued, however, by the chance to find out more about her own heritage. She jumps on a plane to Siena and quickly discovers that her real name is not Julie Jacobs, but Giulietta Tolomei, and that she is a descendent from the Giulietta Tolomei who was the inspiration for the character of Juliet in Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET! The clues left behind by her mother lead Julie to search out the crux of the family feud between the Tolomeis and Salimbenis in modern day Siena, and to delve deeper into the origins of the Shakespearean play. The novel switches between modern day events from Julie's first-person narration the events surrounding the tale of Romeo and Giulietta. As Julie reads the documents left for her by her mother, she discovers alarming facts; for example, that Romeo and Giulietta were not from feuding families, and that a third man stepped in and caused the trouble and in her quest for the truth of her background might put her in danger. A really terrific read! I enjoyed every beautifully written page!