The Hundred Loves of Juliet

Del Rey: Ballantine. Aug. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780593499245. $28. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Skye (Damsel) puts a contemporary, time-spanning spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Helene is trying to pick up the pieces of her life, but dealing with writer’s block and going through a divorce are not exactly helping her. However, she’s determined to start over and not get involved where love is concerned. One day in her Alaskan hometown, she encounters a mysterious fisherman who is the quintessential man she’s been writing about and wonders how it could be possible that a person she’s only dreamed about could be real. While Helene embarks on a journey to discover the identity of this handsome mystery man, the man in question, Sebastien Montague, holds a secret that has traveled with him over centuries of tragedy. Told not only from different viewpoints but also across time, Skye’s novel takes a classic tale and writes a timeline of the characters’ lives from the moment they first met. What starts off as a story of rediscovery turns into a love story that spans multiple lifetimes.
VERDICT This is one Romeo and Juliet spinoff that will keep readers wanting more and longing to find out how the romance will end.
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