Juliet: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)

By Anne Fortier


When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety-deposit field in Siena, Italy, she is instructed that it'll lead her to an previous family members treasure. quickly she is introduced on a winding and dangerous trip into the heritage of her ancestor Giulietta, whose mythical love for a tender guy named Romeo rocked the rules of medieval Siena. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the households immortalized in Shakespeare’s unforgettable blood feud, she starts off to achieve that the infamous curse—“A plague on either your houses!”—is nonetheless at paintings, and that she is the subsequent objective. apparently the single person who can shop Julie from her destiny is Romeo—but the place is he?

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Your father’s farm burned down. Your mom was once fortunate; she used to be in Siena, purchasing, with you ladies. It used to be an excellent, nice tragedy. i'd have stated that God held his surrender her, yet then years later—” “The automobile accident,” I muttered. “Well—” Peppo dug the toe of his shoe into the floor. “I don’t recognize the reality. no one understands the reality. But”—he ultimately met my eyes—“I continually suspected that the Salimbenis had a hand in it. ” I didn’t comprehend what to claim to this. I pictured Eva Maria and her suitcase filled with outfits sitting in my inn room. She have been so variety to me, so desirous to make buddies. “There was once a tender man,” Peppo went on, “Luciano Salimbeni. He used to be a troublemaker. there have been rumors. I don’t wish to—” Peppo glanced at me nervously. “The hearth. the hearth that killed your father. they are saying it was once now not an coincidence. they are saying a person desired to homicide him and wreck his learn. It was once negative. this kind of attractive apartment. yet you recognize, i feel your mom kept whatever from the home. whatever vital. records. She used to be afraid to discuss it, yet after the fireplace, she started to ask unusual questions about … issues. ” “What type of issues? ” “All varieties. I didn’t recognize the solutions. She requested me concerning the Salimbenis. approximately mystery tunnels underground. She desired to discover a grave. It was once whatever to do with the Plague. ” “The … bubonic plague? ” “Yes, the large one. In 1348. ” Peppo cleared his throat, now not happy with the topic. “You see, your mom believed that there's an previous curse that continues to be haunting the Tolomeis and the Salimbenis. and he or she was once searching for out the best way to cease it. She was once enthusiastic about this concept. i wished to think her, but—” He pulled at his blouse collar as though he without notice felt sizzling. “She used to be so decided. She used to be confident that we have been all cursed. loss of life. Destruction. injuries. ‘A plague on either our homes’ … that's what she used to claim. ” He sighed deeply, reliving the discomfort of the prior. “She continuously quoted Shakespeare. She took it very heavily … Romeo and Juliet. She notion that it had occurred here, in Siena. She had a theory—” Peppo shook his head dismissively. “She was once passionate about it. I don’t comprehend. it's not that i am a professor. All i do know is that there has been a guy, Luciano Salimbeni, who desired to discover a treasure—” i couldn't aid myself, I needed to ask, “What form of treasure? ” “Who understands? ” Peppo threw up his palms. “Your father spent all his time getting to know outdated legends. He used to be regularly conversing approximately misplaced treasures. yet your mom informed me approximately anything once—oh, what did she name it? —I imagine she known as it Juliet’s Eyes. I don’t be aware of what she intended, yet i feel it was once very useful, and that i imagine it was once what Luciano Salimbeni was once after. ” i used to be death to grasp extra, yet through now Peppo used to be having a look very distressed, virtually ailing, and he swayed and grabbed my arm for stability. “If I have been you,” he went on, “I will be very, very cautious. and that i wouldn't belief a person with the identify of Salimbeni. ” Seeing my expression, he frowned. “You imagine i'm pazzo … loopy? the following we're, status through the grave of a tender girl who died prior to her time.

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