4 out of 4 stars
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Belle Ami’s The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci is a romantic thriller with a paranormal twist. The story follows Angela Renautus and Alex Caine as they race to recover a lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece. Angela has just landed her dream internship in Los Angeles, but her dream quickly turns into a nightmare as her boss’ unwanted advances threaten her dignity and her career. A German tycoon named Max Jaeger hires Alex as a private art detective to search for the Leonardo da Vinci painting on his behalf. On his search, Alex realizes that Angela could be the key to uncovering the lost masterpiece.
Additionally, Angela has visions of her past lives as Fioretta during the Renaissance era and Sophia Caro during World War II. In each life, she finds her soulmate and the painting but encounters violence and tragedy. She and Alex must determine the meaning behind these dreams if they hope to recover the lost canvas before Angela’s vile boss discovers its whereabouts.
The cover photo made me think the story predominantly focuses on art and the Renaissance. However, the story is more focused on the theme of reincarnation and relationships than on historical references. As a historical romance novel, this book leans heavily towards romance and less towards history. Readers who are looking for well-researched historical fiction full of references to Renaissance art will not enjoy this book as much.
For a romance novel, the characters are well-developed, but the sex scenes can become very repetitive. Throughout the story, Belle Ami incorporates heavy romance scenes between the couples in all of the different time periods that may not be appropriate for younger readers.
The challenge with intertwining multiple storylines is the potential to lose the reader in a confused mess. However, Belle Ami does a fantastic job of delivering a thrilling plot while keeping the writing organized. I enjoyed how smoothly the author transitions between the three different time periods in the book. Each of the time periods is illustrated with exquisite detail and will leave readers yearning to visit Italy to see all of the referenced art and taste all of the vividly described food.
I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The book was well-edited, and I did not notice any spelling or grammar errors. This book is a recommended read for any adult who enjoys indulging in a good romance novel or mystery.
The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci
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