Juliet ends the curse

May 28, 2011 | Jane

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Juliet by Anne Fortier is a "sequel" to Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.  Author, Anne Fortier was born and grew up in Denmark. She recently moved to North America to work in film.

If you like historical fiction Juliet is for you.  If you like books that take you to exotic places Juliet if for you.  If you always wanted to change the ending of Shakespeare's tragedy Juliet is definitely for you.


Jules, as her family calls her, has always had a special feeling about the story of Romeo and Juliet. She has even spent much of her adult life teaching Shakespeare's play to kids.   Although her parents are both dead she does have an estranged twin sister and loving aunt.  When the aunt dies she leaves Jules' twin a house and Jules a letter.   The letter sends her off to Siena, Italy in search of a lost treasure that only she can claim.  Along the way she finds family she didn't know existed, falls in love with a guy who might be her Romeo and realizes almost too late that the Shakespeare's "curse" might actually kill her!

My favourite sections of Juliet take us back in time to medieval Sienna where we learn the true story of Juliet and her Romeo. 

Can't wait for the movie!

Read the book or listen to the excellent audiobook.

-- Jane

Below is selection of other novels inspired by Shakespeare's life and his plays:

MrShakespearesBastard Prospero-Lost
Shakespeare undead

Mistressshakespeare Sherlockholmesshakespeareletter