Thursday, January 28, 2010
O Juliet by Robin Maxwell Book Review...
A good book will remain with you forever. You may not remember all the names or events, but you will always remember how you felt during the journey.
O Juliet is one of these books, it's a journey you take into another world, into the past that feels like the present. Ms. Maxwell transports you to 15th century Florence where you can feel the warm Italian sun on your face and smell the rich spices. You walk along the corridors and feel the hard coolness of the marble under your bare feet. You visit the Tuscan country side for dinner with Romeo's family and learn how olive oil is created through the olive press. You lay on your back on the earth's rich carpet and look up at the stars. It's earthy and sensual. You can smell the figs, the soil, the flowers. You feel young, in love and alive. Remember when you were a teenager discovering love for the first time, that is how you feel in O Juliet.
You run through the streets of Florence at night when all the dregs of society appear, you are more excited by the adventure than scared. You see things that night that you never knew about. You climb the precarious stairs to the top of the Cathedral and look out over the beautiful city and receive your first real passionate kiss. You know then that you will never feel this way kissing the man your parents have chosen for you to marry. Something must be done, you know you will die if forced to live your life with a man you find completely repulsive. That is impossible! Unthinkable! Events will happen. Heart breaking events, which will lead you to the ultimate decision to die living without freedom and love, or die with the one you love knowing you were free to make that decision.
This is what you have to look forward to reading O Juliet by Robin Maxwell. I suggest you find a quite, comfortable place and take the journey. You will not regret it. In the end you will bring the book up to your heart, close your eyes and breath out a long satisfied sigh.