Saturday, September 20, 2008
The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper
Italy . . . Shakespeare . . . but no romance?
Kate Sanderson inherited her good sense from her mother, a disciplined law professor, and her admiration for the Bard from her father, a passionate Shakespeare scholar. When she gets dumped, out of the blue, for the Practically Perfect Ashley Lawson, she vows never to fall in love again. From now on she will control her own destiny, and every decision she makes will be highly reasoned and rational. She thinks Shakespeare would have approved.
So when she is accepted to a summer Shakespeare symposium in Verona, Italy, Kate sees it as the ideal way to get over her heartbreak once and for all. She'll lose herself in her studies, explore ancient architecture, and eat plenty of pasta and gelato. (Plus, she'll be getting college credit for it—another goal accomplished!) But can even completely logical Kate resist the romance of living in a beautiful villa in the city where those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet met and died for each other? Especially when the other Shakespeare Scholars—in particular Giacomo, with his tousled brown hair, expressive dark eyes, and charming ways—try hard to break her protective shell?
I was in Italy this last summer. And that is why I loved this book so much. I could imagine every scene in it, I have been for example in an old Italian church, I have seen the old Italian houses and the little hotel where I stayed could totally be the scene of the Shakespeare Symposium. I thought this book was very romantic and was very original. The story was switching from the point of view of the different characters, but that wasn't confusing. Ans Suzanne really knows Italy, you can read that between the lines, she did her research brilliant! The Juliet Club really exists and it has a site wich you can visit by clicking here. And now I am going to pick up another book of Suzanne: The secret life of Sparrow Delaney, to be reviewed!