4 out of 4 stars
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This book, The Girl Who Knew DaVinci was a hit! Belle Ami doesn't disappoint! I rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars. I give it this rating as it kept me fully engaged throughout the book and kept me guessing. I think the audience that would enjoy this book the most would be somebody who enjoys romance with a bit of thriller and history included. I especially liked the historical background of the book, and it kept me engaged throughout. The love scenes make it for more of an adult audience, but I think Belle Ami is known for this.
In this book, I almost expected it to be more like The DaVinci Code, and while it had some similar history, I think this book stood out on its own. The flashbacks used by the author were an interesting way to tell the DaVinci history, and it also created an intriguing element to the story.
In the story, we start with Angela, who is an art historian. Early on in the book she starts having these out of body-type experiences that she is unaware of. These are flashbacks that take her to a previous life where she knew DaVinci. She is paired up with Alex, an art detective who is looking for a lost DaVinci painting that may or may not exist. Their chemistry is evident from the get-go.
Angela and Alex eventually team up to try to find the lost painting of DaVinci. Along the way, they discover interesting things about their pasts that link them to each other and to the history of DaVinci. Angela and Alex come across many obstacles along the way; the most dangerous being Angela's former employer who would like the lost DaVinci for himself. They also find that trusting each other is maybe the only way to find the DaVinci, and that fighting their feelings towards each other will only make their mission more difficult.
There was so much action in this book that it kept the reader thoroughly engaged, and I truly appreciated that. While I am a fan of historical fiction, sometimes the history can overrun the true story the author is trying to convey. Belle Ami had the right balance when writing this book, and I truly appreciated that. But, the author didn't stop at action. The book is full of steamy romance, so be prepared. I do not think it took away from the book at all, but made the characters more personable. If you are not into steamy romance with your action and history, then this book is not for you. For the rest of us, get your comfy jammies on, and get a cup of coffee ready, because this one is going to be an all-nighter!
The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci
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