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4.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 5 4.23 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Fortier Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9780307713193
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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?
From Anne Fortier comes a sweeping, beautifully written 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A high-flying debut…Fortier navigates around false clues and twists, resulting in a…love story that reads like a Da Vinci Code for the smart modern woman.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Juliet is one of those rare novels that has it all: lush prose, tightly intertwined parallel narratives, intrigue, and historical detail all set against a backdrop of looming danger. Anne Fortier casts a new light on one of history’s greatest stories of passion. 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.”


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

    Washington Post

  • “Stunning…This storyteller dazzles…The kind of elegant, witty writing that has made Philippa Gregory a superstar of historical romance.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • Anne Fortier delivers a rollicking quest through the dark alleyways and shimmering hill towns that once inspired Shakespeare's great love story. This book has everything: Juliet and Romeo;  the Italian nobility and the mafia underworld; swashbuckling heroes and spunky heroines; secret documents and hidden treasures; passionate loves and violent vendettas that span the centuries. Juliet is a thrilling debut novel, completely saturated in fascinating history. Katherine Neville, author of The Fire
  • This book is a stunner. Elegantly written in exquisite, vibrant and witty prose that rides well with the clever use of quotes from Shakespeare, it interweaves an astonishing historic take on the tale of the star-crossed lovers with a fast-paced, modern thriller. Every sentence is a joy, every character lives, and medieval and modern Siena are brilliantly evoked. The theme is delightfully original - and the kind of thing you wish you had thought up yourself. The author is to be congratulated on a truly fabulous book that will surely be a resounding success! We will never see Romeo and Juliet in quite the same way again... Alison Weir
  • Spinning backward and forward from Shakespeare's immortal play, Anne Fortier puts to delicious use all the familiar Romantic motifs alternating with complex contemporary intrigue to weave a multi-layered cloth of stories within stories, where fortunes turn in an instant and every character is a shape shifter. Boldly imagined, brilliantly plotted, beautifully described, Juliet will carry you spellbound until the gripping end. An astonishing achievement. Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue and Luncheon of the Boating Party
  • In her debut novel, Anne Fortier takes a great idea—a young woman discovers she is the descendant of the Juliet who inspired  Shakespeare's play—and executes it thrillingly.  Juliet has it all—history, mystery, and romance.  Ms. Fortier handles the dual plot  lines with mastery, beautifully rendering Siena of the past and  present. Karen Essex, author of Leonardo’s Swans and Stealing Athena
  • A feast of myth, history, and tantalizing indulgences—I was swept away, blown away, and taken for ransom. Anne Fortier breathes new life into the Shakespearean tragedy we thought we knew. I fell in love with Juliet all over again Jaime Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • Ingenious, intriguing, a thrilling story that keeps you turning the pages. This is a wonderfully textured novel of history and imagination that brings Italy, past and present, beautifully to life. Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth and Sepulchre
  • One of those rare novels that have it all. . . I was swept away. Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants
  • Selected for the September 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 6/30/2011

    " I loved this book. Kept you on the edge of your seat, and when it was
    done, kept you wanting for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 6/28/2011

    " Great book. Interesting twist on Romeo and Juliet "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Atara | 6/27/2011

    " Enjoyed reading it. It was very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 6/22/2011

    " Another split narrative with a main character in the present day, shifting back to an ancestor in 16th century Tuscany who is supposed to be the inspiration for Juliet. The historical section was good. The present day protagonist was a complete moron. Which detracted from my enjoyment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 6/21/2011

    " Absolutely had me from the first page. Very hard to put down. Looking forward to more from this author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/19/2011

    " A recommendation from a student and I felt obliged because she was so excited knowing I would be excited since it was based loosely on Romeo and Juliet which we read together in class. A little cliche, but I loved the setting in Italy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 6/18/2011

    " I absolutely enjoyed this book!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVED it!!! This is the best story of Romeo and Juliette I have ever read! Sorry Shakespeare!! Little slow at times but when I got to spots had a hard time putting it down!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 6/16/2011

    " Favorite book ever! This would make a wonderful movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarahhh | 6/15/2011

    " this book blew me away! absolutely amazing! definitely one of the best books i've ever read! i definitely recommend this read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 6/13/2011

    " This book is part history of Romeo and Juliet (goes back hundreds of years before Shakespeare) and part romance/treasure hunt. I loved this book until 2/3 of the way through when the history lesson stopped and the romance/treasure hunt was wrapping up. I would give it 3.5 stars overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 6/11/2011

    " History. Shakespeare. Genealogy. Italy. Understated Romance. Not much more I could ask for out of a book! The heroine was frustratingly dim-witted once in a while, but overall, I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be seeking out other Fortier works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 6/11/2011

    " When Julietta's great aunt dies, she leaves her nothing but a note and a mystery. Julie finds herself traveling to Italy. What starts off as a journey of self discovery turns into a quest to solve a centuries old mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 6/11/2011

    " Fun engaging read, with possible historical research into where the inspiration of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet started. It gets a bit Dan Brown/National Treasure-ish towards the end, which I found cheesy, but still held my interest. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Fortier

Anne Fortier grew up in Denmark and emigrated to the United States in 2002 to work in film. She co-produced the Emmy-winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia and holds a PhD in the history of ideas from Aarhus University, Denmark. Her novel Juliet was inspired by Anne Fortier’s mother, who always considered Verona her true home … until she discovered Siena.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.