Created by Marcia at The Printed Page, Mailbox Monday, now has its own blog. Hosting duties are being rotated every month. Now that we're into September, is the month for hosting by Amused at Amused by Books. Be sure to stop by and say howdy.
Only one this week-- a contest win from First Reads, but one that certainly has a big appeal to me:
The Goodreads blurb says:
Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved Aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.Sienna is one of my favorite cities in Europe, absolutely elegant in its architecture, ambiance, and refusal to move too far out of a medieval setting. I can't afford to go back there right now, so I'm really looking forward to day-dreaming about my wonderful visits there in the past, while I read this one.
This key sends Julie on a journey that will change her life forever—a journey into the troubled past of her ancestor Giulietta Tolomei. In 1340, still reeling from the slaughter of her parents, Giulietta was smuggled into Siena, where she met a young man named Romeo. Their ill-fated love turned medieval Siena upside-down and went on to inspire generations of poets and artists, the story reaching its pinnacle in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. (more)
Many thanks to Goodreads and the First Read Program for picking me to win it.