Now don't get all excited! This is NOT my full review of the novel!!! I will be posting that in January to go along with all the fun events, giveaways, interviews, etc that Ms. Maxwell is planning leading up to the release of this book in February 2010.
Please check out her website to see more about the books and the fun things she has planned to promote her newest novel!!
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...
I wanted to go ahead and post a little something about this novel to keep everyone interested! I thought it was a wonderfully written book. It took me a few chapters to get into it but once things started happening and the plot moved along, I couldn't tear myself away. Maxwell has used as reference the earliest Italian stories written about two young, "star-crossed lovers," the same stories Shakespeare used as a basis for his famous play. This is a much different look at a story that is well known to most of us while retaining some of the same characters (though with different names), events, and even lines. It truly was a wonderful book that had me holding my breath until the end.
Please stay tuned for an author interview and giveaway after the first of the year!!