By Lois Leveen
Hello friends!! I have been reading many books lately, but haven’t found time to type up the reviews. I thought that I would drop by today with this one. Everyone knows the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet, but I found this to be a new take on things. I obtained this as an e-galley from Netgalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book was published in September of 2014 by Atria Books. It is 384 pages and I believe that it is only available right now in hardcover. I was out at the bookstore and this one caught my eye. I was intrigued and realized I already had received it from Netgalley and hadn’t read it yet.
An enthralling new telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet—told from the perspective of Juliet’s nurse.
In Verona, a city ravaged by plague and political rivalries, a mother mourning the death of her day-old infant enters the household of the powerful Cappelletti family to become the wet-nurse to their newborn baby. As she serves her beloved Juliet over the next fourteen years, the nurse learns the Cappellettis’ darkest secrets. Those secrets—and the nurse’s deep personal grief—erupt across five momentous days of love and loss that destroy a daughter, and a family (excerpt from Netgalley).
I really loved this book. I enjoyed getting to know Juliet’s nurse and the nurse’s husband. I felt that the book was well written and moved along well. The writing style is smooth and there is just enough description to visualize things. The characters were well-developed. We learn about 14th century Verona, Italy and it’s customs. Of course you know that I love historical fiction right? If you don’t like historical fiction this one may not have appeal for you.
I was disappointed that the reviews were so divided on this one. Is it another classic? No, but I liked the book for what it was. I enjoyed this one and I am not sorry that I read it. I would read it again. I look forward to hearing from this author in the future. I can’t wait to see what interesting story she comes up with next!! I give this one a 4 out of 5 stars.
P.S. I went to the library a week ago and picked up The Secrets of Mary Bowser. I just realized when writing this that it was written by Lois Leveen!!! LOL, go figure. I will review this one soon, but I have to say that I enjoyed it also!!