Delighted to be on the blog blitz for this wonderful retelling of an old classic…..
Was this what really happened to Romeo & Juliet?
Think you know the world’s most famous love story? Think again. What if the story of Romeo & Juliet really happened – but not quite in the way we’ve all been told?
This part-prequel, part-sequel to the original tale, told from the point of view of the Friar, tells how an ancient Italian manuscript reveals secrets and lies which have remained hidden for hundreds of years, and casts new doubts on the official story of Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers.
If you love the Romeo & Juliet story but are disappointed with the way it ended, this is the book for you.
This is one of those that I wasn’t sure whether I was going to enjoy or not, but I was pleasantly surprised! This is well written with it’s own unique story and twists.
I don’t really want to give away any of the plot as this is a definite must read! So all I will say is that this is written from the point of view of the Friar who married Romeo and Juliet; he who has his own secrets that he is hiding. We find out the story through an old bound book that Juliet (not THE Juliet) is translating for her Grandpa for his birthday….not only the story of these well-known star crossed lovers, but also of the Friar himself with some brilliant twists on the way!
I absolutely love this, and actually much prefer Barnard’s ending!! Whether you’re a fan of Romeo or Juliet or not, I most definitely think you should get this book and check it out! Highly recommended by me!!
about the author….
Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet. She was born in North Wales some time during the last millennium, but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester. After graduating from Durham University she had a variety of office jobs before becoming a full-time parent. If she had her way, the phrase “Non-Working Mother” would be banned from the English language.
Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.
Sue speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad. She is also very interested in family history. Her own background is far stranger than any work of fiction; she would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.
Sue now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.
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