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Finding Juliet [Kindle Edition]

Frank Sennett

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A modern-day Shakespeare in Love

Dearest Juliet,

Rather than kill myself, I have decided to pour my grief into a letter this night. Would only that you had done the same upon finding your lover dead with lips still warm and touched with poison.

As it is, you are not only fictional, but extinguished. I only hope your spirit paid no heed to these cruel tricks of paper fate, so that you might yet provide the comfort I seek.

I spill ink instead of blood because, although my true love lives, her love for me has died. I do not wish to compound my tragedy with desperate measures that would stir only contempt within her breast. As the target of my rejection has rejected me, any harm I do myself, I do only to myself. It is a lesson well learned before the act is done.

LIA CATTANEO never thought she’d be living back home in Verona, Italy, at 28. But here she is, hiding from the world and her philandering husband in her father Salvatore’s apartment for yet another day as she works up the courage to take an intensive cooking class she’s had her eye on. Lia admires her father’s sweet nature, but believes she’ll never find love again. The old widower watches his daughter strangle her shoulder-length raven ringlets with an elastic band as if daring the world to find her beauty. Yet he knows it will prove impossible to hide. Lia might briefly disguise her sharp mind with a sharper tongue, or even mar her radiant face with a scowl, but her loveliness is irrepressible. Even though it will mean losing her again, Salvatore can’t wait for the day happiness will find her and coax her joyous life force back into bloom.

NICK MOORE, a literature grad student at Southern Oregon University, home of the well-regarded Ashland Shakespeare Festival, meanwhile has written the above letter as a seminar assignment. Every year, the professor sends the best letter to Juliet’s Club in Verona, where volunteer scribes reply to letters addressed to Shakespeare’s Juliet. Nick has recently ended a long-term relationship, and he drew on this pain to craft his note.

Soon, Nick receives a reply so moving that it inspires him to meet the real woman behind it during Verona's annual Juliet festival, setting in motion a series of events that leads to a dramatic, romantic and suitably Shakespearean climax on the festival’s closing day...

In addition to FINDING JULIET, author Frank Sennett has published eight books in the past decade decade, including the Nash Hansen mystery series for Gale/Five Star, Groupon's Biggest Deal Ever (St. Martin's Press) and five other nonfiction titles. Frank has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 307 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Touch Press (May 29 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BNKOPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,772 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Charming! July 1 2009
By Penelope Tsangalias - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The storyline is delightful and the descriptions of Italy and the cuisine are simply delicious. I like how the story is told from a male point of view. You can almost picture Nick's facial expressions as he acts and reacts to events unfolding around him. Frank Sennett is a master at creating realistic characters, quirks and all (as evidenced in both of his Nash mysteries). The Juliet Society is a real entity. It's about time a romantic novel was created around that concept. And I'm glad it was Frank Sennett who thought of it. Yes it's romantic, but it's a sweet story without the sticky goo. There's plenty of humor tossed into the mix too. I can easily recommend this to men and women alike.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance doesn't have to be cheesy June 29 2009
By Angela Knipple - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Am I in Venice yet? I really want to be after reading one of the best romances that I've read in a very long time.

Frank Sennett does a masterful job of balancing head-over-heels romance with all of the doubts and realities that go along with it in the real world. The book is a fun read, but it's not just a fluff book. The characters make you want to keep reading along to find out what happens next. And once you do, you'll wish there was more.

The descriptions of Verona and the Italian countryside will have you ready to pack your suitcase and rent a car to drive around when you get there. And then there's way Sennett describes the food. He makes you taste the fresh pastas by describing them with love and the attention to detail that make this book so special.

Now I just have to talk the men in my life into giving it a chance. They won't regret it if they do.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read June 20 2009
By Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Finding Juliet is a captivating and realistic love story. Frank Sennett immediately draws you into his characters' worlds and how they deal with life and love after their faith has been shaken. Nick is a literature student who is trying to figure out what to do with his life, and Lia is picking up the pieces after a bad marriage.

My finger kept sliding across the screen (on my Kindle for iPhone) as I became lost in the beautifully detailed city of Verona and this modern day story of Romeo and Juliet.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and not very believable June 3 2010
By A. Hillman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought that the plot line was too predictable and not very believable. Everything was spelled out, leaving little reason to try and guess what was going to happen. The chapters were super short, so just as I was getting the feel for the character's perspective, it switched to another character. After finishing the book, I still didn't have a clue about what made Nick tick, or why Lia was so special. I am more into reading love stories that are developed through conversations and observations, maybe with some initial conflicts of character or situation. I don't like to just be told about it, but rather experience it. This story had Nick and Lia talking briefly and BAM! there is a spark and two days later Nick knows he is in love with Lia, even though he admittedly doesn't know anything about her. It just doesn't seem very plausible and it didn't lead to any emotional reaction from me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read..... April 24 2013
By Richard D. Morales II - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Cute and likeable. Predictable and enjoyable love story with twists, but nothing earth-shattering....... Would recommend to a friend if you just want to sit back and read without thinking too much.

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Hate seems more powerful, in that it is destructive, Salvatore continued. But hate is transitory. You must work to hold onto it. Love, on the other handlove comes at you and wants to stay. All you have to do is let it. And the best thing is, true love will never leave. Now that is power. &quote;
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you can make all the right choices in life and still wake up every morning longing for the girl you kissed in the fifth grade. &quote;
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Making and maintaining connections to others is one of our most basic human struggles. That struggle is as much at the heart of Shakespeare as it is in our hearts today. Thats the beauty of great art. It illuminates our condition and gives us the comfortand sometimes the painof knowing it is universally felt. By giving us characters so moving that we are forced to make a place for them in our souls, literature teaches us how to connect with the real people in our lives. The more practice you get in opening your heart, the easier it becomes. &quote;
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