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Publisher Description

A sweeping novel of intrigue and identity, of love and legacy, as a young woman discovers that her own fate is irrevocably tied—for better or worse—to literature’s greatest star-crossed lovers.

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.
   
This key sends Julie on a journey that will change her life forever—a journey into the troubled past of her ancestor Giulietta Tolomei. In 1340, still reeling from the slaughter of her parents, Giulietta was smuggled into Siena, where she met a young man named Romeo. Their ill-fated love turned medieval Siena upside-down and went on to inspire generations of poets and artists, the story reaching its pinnacle in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. 
   
But six centuries have a way of catching up to the present, and Julie gradually begins to discover that here, in this ancient city, the past and present are hard to tell apart. The deeper she delves into the history of Romeo and Giulietta, and the closer she gets to the treasure they allegedly left behind, the greater the danger surrounding her—superstitions, ancient hostilities, and personal vendettas. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families involved in the unforgettable blood feud, she begins to fear that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is destined to be its next target. Only someone like Romeo, it seems, could save her from this dreaded fate, but his story ended long ago. Or did it?

Praise for Juliet

“One of those rare novels that have it all . . . I was swept away”—Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

Juliet leads us on a thrilling treasure hunt through present-day Italy that makes the classic tragedy itself spellbinding all over again.”Elle

“Boldly imagined, brilliantly plotted, beautifully described, Juliet will carry you spellbound until the gripping end.”—Susan Vreeland, author of Clara and Mr. Tiffany

“The Shakespearean scholarship on display is both impressive and well-handled.”The Washington Post

GENRE
Fiction
NARRATOR
CC
Cassandra Campbell
LENGTH
19:59
hr min
RELEASED
2010
August 24
PUBLISHER
Random House Audio
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
638.5
MB

Customer Reviews

JennieDreamWeaver ,

Fabulous!!!

Whenever taking a long trip, I search for an interesting audiobook to help keep the drivers awake on the road. This book caught my attention because I love historical fiction, as well as some of Shakespeare’s works. The play between the historical families and modern times is brilliant. The story is captivating. It will not disappoint…and you will stay awake on a road trip with this intriguing story line and characters!! I was so disappointed when I finished the book!! I wanted MORE!!

bellaswan95 ,

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

This historical fiction book is one of my favorites. I could never get enough Romeo & Juliet so this book's title plus cover and synopsis really drew my attention. My dad bought me my own copy for my birthday, that's how much I wanted to read it. I wanted to devote all my time in reading it and I did when I could, and when I shouldn't. The story of Romeo and Giulietta kept me spellbound as well as Julie's experiences. I highly recommend this to those who love Romeo & Juliet and historical fiction. I learned a lot about medieval Siena and its wonderful places. Someday I would want to go on a trip to Siena and Verona, preferably with my Romeo.

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