O, Juliet

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O, Juliet

Juliet Capelletti is a young woman in Florence.  Her future does not look to bright as she gets to know her fathers prospective business partner, the man she believes her father will wish her to marry.  Juliet was given the rare gift of an education, her favorite poet being Dante.  Her future husband-to-be is one that would be happier if she had no education at all.

Things chance when Juliet happens to meet a young man that is her equal in many ways…Romeo.  But it is not good that Romeo is the son of her fathers enemy.  Will Romeo be able to bring peace to their families and find a way to live his life with the woman he believes was foretold at his birth? Or will the feud win out in the end?

Robin Maxwell has taken the classic story of Romeo and Juliet and given it a spin.  A wonderful tale that has been told many times in many different ways.  I greatly like that she has made them a little bit older and thus wiser.  A story to capture your heart and mind; O, Juliet will have you wondering what it would be like to be so loved by someone as Romeo and Juliet obviously love each other.  I am sure that Shakespeare would be proud to read this story himself.

Book Blurb for O, Juliet

"One of the queens of historical fiction" offers a new take on the mesmerizing young woman and poetess who inspired Shakespeare's most famous female character.

Before Juliet Capelletti lie two futures: a traditionally loveless marriage to her father's business partner, or the fulfillment of her poetic dreams, inspired by the great Dante. Unlike her beloved friend Lucrezia, who looks forward to her arranged marriage, Juliet has a wild, romantic imagination that knows not the bounds of her great family's stalwart keep.

The latter path is hers for the taking when Juliet meets Romeo Monticecco, a soulful young man seeking peace between their warring families. A dreamer himself, Romeo is unstoppable, once he determines to capture the heart of the remarkable woman foretold in his stars. The breathless intrigue that ensues is the stuff of beloved legend. But those familiar with Shakespeare's muse know only half the story...

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2010 4.50