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Finding Juliet [Kindle Edition]

Frank Sennett
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Book Description

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

  • 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid 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
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.
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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
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read June 20, 2009
By Gray
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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and not very believable June 3, 2010
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Kindleobsessed review May 20, 2010
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Every once in a while the planets align, and when they do, everything grounded to them aligns as well. Today's particular alignment just happened to focus on the fair city of Verona. A few days ago I was sent "Finding Juliet" by Frank Sennett a novel based on a cities tradition of (not only) writing letters to one of Shakespeare's most influential lovers, but also the effect a reply can have on a person's soul. Today I watched "Letters to Juliet" same general concept, different media outlet. (I think Shakespeare is trying to tell me something. Let's hope its "you should take a vacation to Italy")

Now, while I won't give you details about the movie (cause lets face it... I'm much better with the written word.) I will tell you that the literary version of this little trip down destiny lane was nothing short of charming.

Nick is a mess, he just found out that his girlfriend cheated on him with a drama major and (on a whim) his best friend is using his "love for collecting ticket stubs" as a writing assignment. Lia (on the other hand) is too afraid to be a mess. She's afraid of taking chances, she's afraid of her impending divorce, and more importantly she's afraid of love. But the fate of these two damaged people quickly changes with the writing of 1 little letter.

"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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Romance That's Not Just for Guys June 4, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
I was surprised to see Sennett, author of the breezy crime capers Nash, Rambler (Five Star Mystery Series) and Five Star First Edition Mystery - Nash, Metropolitan, take a romantic turn. Could a writer with the soul of a wiseass journalist make me care about two young lovers? As it turns out, I needn't have worried. After all, the Nash books are more Fletch than Dexter--trade mystery for a case of mistaken identity, and an already winning formula remains intact. I'm tempted to call this "guy lit," but I won't, because with such charming characters of both genders, chicks will dig it, too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Whoops.........did I buy that?
Definitely not my type of book. I should have checked the cover first and gotten a clue. But, that doesn't mean its not good for someone else.
Published 15 months ago by CJK
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read.....
Cute and likeable. Predictable and enjoyable love story with twists, but nothing earth-shattering....... Read more
Published on April 24, 2013 by Richard D. Morales II
3.0 out of 5 stars cheesy
To me I think its ok for a free read. However, I lost interest in this book. Its seems to follow a certain movie but in a reverse role.
Published on January 24, 2013 by Kathrin Kimmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Juliet
Excellent book, full of life, well written retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story as it should have ended. Outstanding!
Published on December 20, 2012 by Shawn Bowen
2.0 out of 5 stars dreamt in italian due to this book
Got this book because I thought it was a romantic novel but it turns out it lacks romance. The author focused so much on describing italy, especially the city where it all took... Read more
Published on April 27, 2012 by E.A.
2.0 out of 5 stars Insipid
Reading readers' reviews, I thought I was buying an interesting, thought-provoking book. Instead, I got a silly, insipid, Danielle Steele type. I wasted my time and money. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Lynn A. Shivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This book was a fun read. Set amongst one of the great love stories of all time, Finding Juliet creates a romance that feels more real than fiction. Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by New Mom
2.0 out of 5 stars Cotton candy, not soul food.
Okay if you are trapped inside on a rainy day with nothing better to do like, say, watch paint dry. Liked trhe descriptions of Italy. Read more
Published on April 19, 2011 by Bostonmama
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
4 hours of my life that I will never get back!!! If you you'd like to read a very well written story with engaging characters try "Juliet: a Novel" bt Anne Fortier.
Published on January 24, 2011 by A. Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice, light read
As a guy, I like a bit of romantic fiction as a distraction from the usual fare of murder and mayhem I read. This hit the spot. Read more
Published on September 20, 2010 by Bernard L. Mathews
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Frank Sennett is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. His most recent book is Groupon's Biggest Deal Ever: The Inside Story of How One Insane Gamble, Tons of Unbelievable Hype, and Millions of Wild Deals Made Billions for One Ballsy Joker (St. Martin's Press).


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