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In the book, The Girl Who Knew da Vinci by Belle Ami, we meet Angela Renatus, an art historian whose expertise is Italian Renaissance paintings. She works at the Getty Museum under a lecherous boss named Alberto Scordato. She has had several meetings with him, but more so now, as he has seen her looking at a 500-year-old portrait and she seems to be having a conversation with the portrait. This piques his curiosity thinking she might be the connection to another 500-year-old missing painting by the master, Leonardo da Vinci and would net him a tidy sum and continued notoriety in the art world. Enter Alex Caine, who has been hired by a man named Max Yaeger who wants to clear his uncle’s name concerning this same missing painting. His uncle, Gerhard, had been accused of stealing the painting back in 1944 and continues to bear that accusation even though long dead. Caine comes to the Getty Museum not only to confront Scordato on some underhanded activities he as perpetrated concerning the painting but also, to meet Angela and use her expertise on the Italian Renaissance to find the painting.
This book chronicles the adventures of Alex and Angela in their search for the painting together, and their experiences with various art pieces. Alberto Scordato will go to great lengths to retrieve the painting including killing. As Angela and Alex experience his anger and machinations, they also experience help from some unlikely and otherworldly sources.
I liked that the author wrote quite a unique story involving characters from the present as well as the past, particularly the Renaissance, even involving Leonardo da Vinci. Jumping from one century to another did not confuse, so was actually, quite fun and made it more of a unique story especially in reading how Angela gets entangled in the lives of the characters who come from another time. The love between Alex and Angela was honest and turbulent, however, I felt there was too much emphasis and time spent on the lovemaking and describing it in detail. It was important to the story but not as important as was searching for the painting giving the reader more of other aspects of the story. As a reader, I would have preferred more of the plot and less of the detailed descriptions of the lovemaking.
I gave this book a 4 out of 4 rating because there were no outstanding editing mistakes as far as grammar and spelling. It was well written and easy to read and to follow the action.
Those readers who would love it the most are those who enjoy a good romantic story and a mystery as well as science fiction. Another aspect of this story which readers might find interesting would be the historical aspect, as the author writes about various parts of Florence, Italy set in different eras in history.
The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci
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