Anne Fortier’s novel Juliet will always have a special place on my bookshelf. For those of you unfamiliar, it’s a novel that intertwines two stories: one about the origins of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and one about a woman who learns she may be a descendant of Juliet. It’s exciting, it’s romantic, and it made me want to travel to Italy immediately. But, it also is significant to me for other reasons. It was the book I was reading when I was hired at HarperCollins Canada. It was the subject of my first tweet as @shanparsons. Setting up the Juliet blog tour was one of my first big projects at HCC. And, it introduced me to the wonderful Anne Fortier, an author who is as lovely as the books she writes.
When I found out Anne Fortier had a new novel coming out I jumped at the chance to read it. From the second I picked up The Lost Sisterhood I couldn’t put it down. Once again, Anne weaves together two stories, but this time she’s exploring the ancient myth of the Amazon warriors. She alternately tells the story of one of the first Amazons and her impressive journey, and of Diana, a young professor trying to prove that Amazons did indeed exist.
If you ever studied mythology this book is a real treat. I love how Anne incorporates characters like Hercules and Helen of Troy into the story, and ties in other myths as well. It’s a little bit Da Vinci Code-esque, the way Diana is investigating the past, while also getting into a ton of trouble along the way. There are definitely some people that do not want Diana to find out the truth, and they’ll do anything to stop her! This book gets pretty intense at times, and has it’s fair share of action and adventure.
I just loved how many strong women are featured too. Anne writes woman that totally kick ass, starting with the legendary women warriors and moving through time to women like Diana, who will stop at nothing to get what they want. I think book clubs, historical fiction readers, and mythology fans will eat this book up! And #50BookPledge-rs I think you’ll love it too. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this week’s featured read, a book that I totally loved. The Lost Sisterhood has a permanent home on my bookshelf, right beside Anne Fortier’s Juliet.