Review by Sarah Tariq -- The Girl Who Knew da Vinci

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Review by Sarah Tariq -- The Girl Who Knew da Vinci

Post by Sarah Tariq » 03 Jul 2018, 22:29

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Girl Who Knew da Vinci" by Belle Ami.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Girl Who Knew da Vinci by Belle Ami is an amazing historical art fiction with the combination of love, mystery, suspense, and thrill. Touching three generations, this historical mystery revolves around Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting which connects the reader with lovers of three different eras.

Angela Renatus, an ambitious art historian, is pursuing her internship at Getty Museum. Despite her dream career, she finds herself in a turbulent situation when she starts watching dreams about the lost painting of da Vinci and its related characters Giuliano de Medici and his beloved mistress Fioretta Gorini. At one side, her dreams have been providing clues to reach the lost painting; on the other hand, she has to deal with her lecher boss, Dr. Alberto Scordato, who is after to spoil her professional career and prestige.

Meantime, she meets Alex Caine, who is an army veteran and art detective, searching for da Vinci’s painting. The commonality of purpose joints them together to make collective efforts to reveal the mystery of Leonardo’s secret painting, lost during WWII. The story follows a new twist when Angela and Alex feel a close affinity with each other and connects it with the characters of the past; Giuliano-Fioretta (lovers at the time of Leonardo Da Vinci), and Sophia-Gerhard (lovers during WWII). This addition of past-life regression gives an interesting spice to the story.

The story is very captivating and I was bogged down from the very beginning. The author beautifully presents the story from different angles and themes including romance, historical mystery, and professional jealousy. The story is fast-paced and intriguing. Each chapter offers something new. I was much inspired by the vivid description of the locations of Italy. Such historical things require proper research, and I think the author has done justice in this regard.

The plot is well-developed in all aspects and I could not find any loophole. The story flows smoothly despite the transitioning periods of the past and present. The author skillfully weaves all elements of love and historical mystery together. The book is well-edited with the only couple of mistakes. So keeping in view all the positive attributes of this book, I have decided to rate it 4 out of 4 stars. The book contains few sensitive scenes. So I will not recommend it for teenagers. Moreover, it has an enthralling and intricate plot with historical touches and a spoon of romance. This book is perfectly fit for all those who have interest in art, romance, and history.

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Post by Helen_Combe » 08 Jul 2018, 03:16

Great review. The book sounds like it has lots of very different and very interesting strands.
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Post by gen_g » 08 Jul 2018, 05:44

This sounds like a great book; a well-developed plot is always a pleasure. Thanks for the review!

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Post by inaramid » 09 Jul 2018, 04:30

This sounds wonderful. The author seems to have an eye for detail. Thank you very much for this review.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 09 Jul 2018, 07:26

Helen_Combe wrote:
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Great review. The book sounds like it has lots of very different and very interesting strands.
Exactly, diversity is the beauty of this story. Thanks for your feedback, Helen!
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 09 Jul 2018, 10:26

gen_g wrote:
08 Jul 2018, 05:44
This sounds like a great book; a well-developed plot is always a pleasure. Thanks for the review!
Yes, all signs go in the favour of this book :) .Thanks for your feedback.
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 10 Jul 2018, 02:30

inaramid wrote:
09 Jul 2018, 04:30
This sounds wonderful. The author seems to have an eye for detail. Thank you very much for this review.
Thank you so much for your feedback, inaramid!
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Post by JR Mercier » 11 Jul 2018, 12:23

I'm always down for a great complex storyline and great detail. Loved the review.
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 12 Jul 2018, 02:17

JR Mercier wrote:
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I'm always down for a great complex storyline and great detail. Loved the review.
Thanks for your feedback.
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Post by Lu_rire » 12 Jul 2018, 06:20

Past life regression? I admit that although implausible in real life, as a plot device it could and did work. However, I had difficulty with how easily the other characters accepted the contents of Angela's dreams as true facts.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 12 Jul 2018, 08:11

Lu_rire wrote:
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Past life regression? I admit that although implausible in real life, as a plot device it could and did work. However, I had difficulty with how easily the other characters accepted the contents of Angela's dreams as true facts.
Angela was the heroine of the story. So it was must for everyone to admit what she says :) . Thanks for your feedback.
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Post by onixpam » 15 Jul 2018, 09:05

I have the opportunity to read this book, and I have to say that I really love it. As you say in your review I found a very captivating story with great character. Great review!

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 16 Jul 2018, 01:19

onixpam wrote:
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I have the opportunity to read this book, and I have to say that I really love it. As you say in your review I found a very captivating story with great character. Great review!
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Post by online2book » 17 Jul 2018, 13:32

Really awesome review, inspired me to go through the book. I wish, I'll enjoy the contents. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 18 Jul 2018, 00:22

online2book wrote:
17 Jul 2018, 13:32
Really awesome review, inspired me to go through the book. I wish, I'll enjoy the contents. Thanks for the review.
Thanks for your feedback :)
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