Recently I received an advance review copy of Juliet by Anne Fortier. Juliet is the story of Julie Jacobs, who eventually discovers that her real name is Giulietta Tolomei. After her great aunt’s death Julie/Giulietta travels to her homeland of Italy to solve a family mystery and find a treasure via the clues her mother left for her in the city of Siena. Along the way, Julie finds several similarities between her own life and the story of Romeo and Juliet.
If you can get past the first half of the book, the mystery story Julie finds herself in is really interesting. I found myself looking forward to reading the rest of the book by about halfway through, but before that I wasn’t overly interested in Julie’s story or the historical plot lines that Fortier wove in between the modern-day events. Overall, it was an interesting read but not an enthralling one.