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Juliet by Anne Fortier
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May 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Recommended to Carol by: BEA
Read from April 19 to May 30, 2011

If you've been following what I'm reading you're probably wondering what is taking me so long to finish Juliet by Ann Fortier. I've been listening to this on cd in spits and spats since April 19th. In between I read some book group books, and other physical books that have taken up my time. It's not that I didn't like the story. I liked it quite a bit. I just couldn't seem to find the time to listen. Guess I wasn't walking, doing enough chores, or driving far enough to finish it sooner.

Finally, I can move Juliet to my read pile. I picked this one up originally from buzz at BEA last year and many of our library patrons told me they liked the story. Friends who liked The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield hought Juliet would be a "like" read. I think I'd agree with this.

Juliet is historical fiction and a loose retelling of Romeo and Juliet. I love stories about twins and sibling rivalry. There was plenty of both in Juliet to keep me happy. Twins Julie and Janice are left an unequal inheritance by their aunt Rose, who raised them, when she dies. Janice gets the money; Juliet gets a key to a safe deposit box in Sienna, Italy and lots of secrets to go along with it. Julie soon finds herself caught up in a tale that weaves in time and discovers she has more in common with Shakespeare’s Juliet than just her love of the story.

Juliet is full of romance, treasures, murder and intrigue, good story telling, great characters, and gelato. What could be better?

I'm glad I listened as I love the pronunciation of the Italian and I'm certain this added to my enjoyment of the story. Some readers found it predictable. Maybe, but let your self go and be caught up in the story. After all it's fiction and not meant to be anything else. Somewhere between a 3 & a 4 star...
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Lisa Carol, I listened to Juliet and LOVED it. It was one of the books I could not wait to get back to. The Italian pronunciations were well worth listening to the audio. Enjoy.


Carol I'm listening too...


message 3: by Marlene (new)

Marlene Amazon has this on sale today for $1.99 and I came here to see if there were any reviews - Thank you, Carol!


Carol Marlene wrote: "Amazon has this on sale today for $1.99 and I came here to see if there were any reviews - Thank you, Carol!"

Hope you enjoy it. Remember I am a positive reviewer...


message 5: by Marlene (new)

Marlene It's all good. I decided against it. I'd much rather read Othello than R&J, although I love Mercutio. So when it comes to adapations...I'm hesitant. And I have a lot on my to-read list right now, so if it comes back around I might pick it up.


Carol Marlene wrote: "It's all good. I decided against it. I'd much rather read Othello than R&J, although I love Mercutio. So when it comes to adapations...I'm hesitant. And I have a lot on my to-read list right now, s..."

Sounds good to me.


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