4 out of 4 stars
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The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami is a suspense thriller and enthralling romance encompassed into one beautiful story.
When we initially meet Angela Renatus, an art historian specializing in Italian Renaissance, she is working as an intern at the Getty Museum. She has been plagued by strange dreams and visions of Guiliano Medici and his lover Fioretta.
Alex Caine is an art detective who has been hired by the wealthy German Max Jaegar to find a missing Leonardo Da Vinci painting which may or may not exist. Max Jaegar retains an invested interest in acquiring the painting because he is trying to clear his Uncle Gerhard’s name. Gerhard has ties to the missing Da Vinci painting due to letters he had written to his mother before his disappearance during WWII. The disappearance of the painting also directly correlates to the date he went missing. We also meet Dr. Alberto Scordato, the director of the Getty Museum and Angela’s boss. He is also searching for the painting and will stop at nothing, including murder, to succeed in his quest.
Alex contacts Angela for assistance with recovering the missing piece of art and the magic that is The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci begins to be revealed. Angela has vivid dreams of Guiliano and Fioretta as well as Gerhard and his lover Sophia. She feels a profoundly personal connection to Fioretta and Sophia which leads to the mysterious supernatural side of the story. Have Alex and Angela known each other for centuries? Were they brought together by fate in this lifetime to acquire the painting and finally force an end to tragedies that occur time and again in the past?
I became intrigued with the storyline from the first page of the book, and that need to find out what happens next continued throughout the book. I love page turners like this one in which you get lost in the story. The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci quickly becomes an intense race over who will find the painting first Angela and Alex or Scordato.
There are quite a few extremely sexually explicit scenes in the book, so I would not recommend it to younger readers. I do give this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars due to Belle Ami’s amazingly descriptive and beautiful writing style. She really does bring Paris and the characters to life in this book. I felt as though I was there in Paris with the characters and grew to know the characters quite well. I also found that for a story with so many characters and differing storylines, I never once felt as though I had to re-read a passage to understand who I was reading about.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance. Also to anyone who enjoys history and art due to the fact that Belle Ami accomplishes a lovely job of incorporating both into her writing. I greatly enjoyed reading The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci and cannot wait to read the upcoming books in the series.
The Girl Who Knew da Vinci
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