4 out of 4 stars
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I have read The Girl who knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami and I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. This is a very interesting and well written book that is perfect for people who enjoy reading mysteries, thrillers, and love stories. Some things that I enjoyed about this book was the fact that it was based off of a real person, Leonardo Da Vinci, and yet had a lot of fiction in it. However, I did not like how so much of the story was dedicated towards the love story, leaving a limited amount of space for the mystery part of it. I did enjoy how Belle Ami added reincarnation into the book, adding a whole different twist that I was not familiar with from other books.
Angela Renatus is at an internship for Alberto Scordato, a mastermind in the art world. She has been unable to sleep many nights due to dreams and blacking out during the day. Alex Caine is a private detective that recovers stolen or missing artwork. He has been hired by Max Jaeger to recover a fabled painting made by Leonardo Da Vinci that many people claim is fake or do not even know about it in the first place. When Alex sees Angela for the first time, she is in front of a painting and is in some sort of a trance. She starts to have visions while blacking out. When they meet for dinner, Angela decides to go with Alex to look for this lost painting and get away from Dr. Scordato.
Angela soon realizes that she has met Alex before in two past lives. They were lovers in both of them and they are falling in love again. Fioretta Gorini and Giuliano Medici both knew Da Vinci well. They had to secretly get married since Giuliano was promised to another. For their wedding, Leonardo Da Vinci gave the two lovers a wedding portrait that would be shared with the world, along with their marriage, in a month after Fioretta gave birth. Sophia Caro and Gerhard Jaeger, the uncle of Max Jaeger, figured out that the painting was a Da Vinci and took it during World War II so that it would not be destroyed. They hid the painting, planning to reveal it to the world once the war was over. Angela and Alex go looking for the painting, but Alberto Scordato and his cousin, Enrico, are following close behind and will stop at nothing to get the painting.
This book contained very few errors, just a few grammatical errors, such as forgetting to place a quotation mark somewhere. One example is on page 57, “Yes and no.” She set her glass down. I had another dream. But it wasn’t a dream. I’m positive now that what I’ve been experiencing are past-life visions.” As you can see, there needs to be a quotation mark right before “I had another dream”.
There was one issue that I had with the way that the book was laid out. It seemed as though the book kept on building up and leading towards a certain moment, like the final battle, but it was fairly short and not as big as I had imagined. This is a great book for those who love a heartwarming love story tied in with a thrilling mystery. This book was very moving and I greatly enjoyed reading it.
The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci
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