4 out of 4 stars
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In The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami, Andrea Renatus is an aspiring art historian who has just landed her dream internship with famed art professional Alberto Scordato. Unfortunately, things are not as they seem, and Andrea is in a fight for her life with Scordato's true personality, Visions of Leonardo Da Vinci and a mysterious painting of Guiliano Medici and mistress Fioretta Gorini further complicate her life, but also serves as a quest around the world with art detective Alex Caine. Alex and Andrea travel to Italy to uncover the mystery of this never before seen by the modern world painting, with Scordato hot on their tracks, stopping at nothing to repair his fame and fortune.
Andrea's vision also includes the story of Sophia Caro and Gerhard Jaeger, a young couple during World War II brought together through the painting, and a forbidden love affair occurs. Alex helps protect Andrea as she experiences these exhausting visions from two different time periods. Alex and Andrea then take the journey to Florence in search of the priceless treasure. Did this painting ever exist? Will Alex and Andrea uncover the truth before it's too late and they both pay the ultimate price?
This book gives the initial idea that it is going to be similar to the Dan Brown novel The Da Vinci Code, but it is completely different. It is an excellent historical fiction work, with the author providing careful research in the field of art history. It is also an intriguing romantic work, with excellent imagery and pacing. I learned quite a bit about Da Vinci and art of the Romantic era, and this book persuaded me to visit an art museum. The author is very intelligent in her informative writing style and tugged at my emotions with her connection to the characters.
I loved the pacing of this book and the thrill of the storyline. The book was organized so well I was easily able to tell when Andrea was having a vision from the different time eras. I especially loved the storyline of the antagonist, and the pacing of this part of the story made this an excellent thriller in which I did not want to stop reading. The novel has an excellent ending, but the author made it open-ended enough that further books could be written about Alex and Angela. I would welcome the chance to read more about the two.
I give The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci 4 out of 4 stars, due to its excellent storyline, wonderful pacing, and connectivity to the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a historical fiction piece with the thrill of a dangerous romance involved.
The Girl Who Knew da Vinci
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