A Novel

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWhen Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told that it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a winding and perilous journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo rocked the foundations of medieval Siena. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families immortalized in Shakespeare's unforgettable blood feud, she begins to realize that the notorious curse--"A plague on both your houses!"--is still at work, and that she is the next target. It seems that the only one who can save Julie from her fate is Romeo--but where is he?Look for special features inside.Join the Circle for author chats and more.RandomHouseReadersCircle.com
Publisher: 2010
ISBN: 9780345519771
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Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy books that flash back and forth between multiple time periods, romance, adventure, and bits of "historical fiction". As well as Romeo and Juliet. (I'm not bonkers for R&J, but did enjoy this quite a bit!)

This book follows Julie, as she finds out that her beloved aunt Rose, the woman who raised her, has passed away. Not only that, but she has left her entire estate to her twin sister. She quickly finds out that she was left something even more valuable, a key to a safety deposit box in Siena, Italy. She is soon swept up in an adventure to Italy to solve the mystery of the key, all the while uncovering information about her ancestor Giulietta's tragic past in 1340. The past and present are woven together in a mysterious way, as what had happened in the past, was very much still relevant in the present.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was mysterious and adventurous, I didn't feel like I knew exactly what would happen, or how things would resolve. I felt like it was fast-paced, and considering I'm not overly into R&J I really quite liked this story. I thought that the romance was nice, but not overly important. The feuding sisters bothered me in this one too, but it wasn't a focus for the whole book, so that helped.

PimaLib_JessicaP Feb 01, 2016

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.

Oct 07, 2015

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.

samdog123 Sep 09, 2014

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.'

ChristchurchLib May 18, 2014

"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

Mar 21, 2014

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.

Cdnbookworm Feb 11, 2013

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.

Sep 13, 2012

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.

Feb 03, 2012

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

Jan 16, 2012

Thought this would be a great book. Was a little disappointed as just couldn't get into it.And I DID try.

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