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Dallas Book Club at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park

Ciao Bella!  The books for this month have Italian roots.

 

Juliet by:  Anne Fortier


Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy. This key sends Julie on a journey that will change her life forever—a journey into the troubled past of her ancestor Giulietta Tolomei. In 1340, still reeling from the slaughter of her parents, Giulietta was smuggled into Siena, where she met a young man named Romeo. Their ill-fated love turned medieval Siena upside-down and went on to inspire generations of poets and artists, the story reaching its pinnacle in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. But six centuries have a way of catching up to the present, and Julie gradually begins to discover that here, in this ancient city, the past and present are hard to tell apart. The deeper she delves into the history of Romeo and Giulietta, and the closer she gets to the treasure they allegedly left behind, the greater the danger surrounding her—superstitions, ancient hostilities, and personal vendettas. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families involved in the unforgettable blood feud, she begins to fear that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is destined to be its next target. Only someone like Romeo, it seems, could save her from this dreaded fate, but his story ended long ago. Or did it? From Anne Fortier comes a sweeping, beautifully written novel of intrigue and identity, of love and legacy, as a young woman discovers that her own fate is irrevocably tied—for better or worse—to literature’s greatest star-crossed lovers.

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Your Scandalous Ways by:  Loretta Chase

James Cordier is all blue blood and entirely dangerous. He's a master of disguise, a brilliant thief, a first-class lover—all for King and Country—and, by gad, he's soweary of it. His last mission is to "acquire" a packet of incriminating letters from one notorious woman. Then he can return to London and meet sweet-natured heiresses—not adventuresses and fallen women.

Francesca Bonnard has weathered heartbreak, scorn, and scandal. She's independent, happy, and definitely fallen; and she's learned that "gentlemen" are more trouble than they're worth. She can also see that her wildly attractive new neighbor is bad news.

But as bad as James is, there are others far worse also searching for Francesca's letters. And suddenly nothing is simple—especially the nearly incendiary chemistry between the two most jaded, sinful souls in Europe. And just as suddenly, risking everything may be worth the prize.

 

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  • Mitzi R.

    Stuck at office,sorry I missed it. Hope everyone enjoyed Juliet. Will see you next time. Have a safe holiday weekend.

    May 23, 2013

  • Angela M.

    I really wish I could make it but I think I am coming down with something so I'm going home after work to sleep. Looking forwards to seeing everyone at the next meetup.

    May 23, 2013

  • Kelley H.

    I won't be there but I have to say I LOVED Juliet when I read it back when it first came out. I loved it so much that when I finished it, I immediately went back to page one and read it again. And I NEVER Reread books anymore. Too many I haven't read yet and want to, to reread something. Juliet is a fascinating story and it's on my keeper shelf. I also never keep books anymore unless they are signed, but I kept this one!

    May 22, 2013

  • Beverly P.

    See everyone Thurs.

    May 20, 2013

  • Kia Baker G.

    sorry its my sons 18th birthday that night

    April 14, 2013

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