4 out of 4 stars
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Belle Ami's The Girl Who Knew DaVinci takes the reader on a thrilling, romantic adventure from not only different continents, but also, other time periods. Immersing the reader into the world of art, passion, and the supernatural.
We meet Angela Renatus, an art historian, interning at what she thought would be her dream job at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Quickly, she realizes working for the sociopathic Dr. Scordato is wearing her down, and she has second thoughts as he continually makes advances towards her. Thankfully, her professor and friend recommends her to meet art detective, Alexander Caine, in anticipation of helping him with an investigation regarding Angela's specialty, the Italian Renaissance. Angela hopes this will open doors for her future in the art field, but little did she expect it to also begin a walk into the past.
Angela and Alex plunge quickly into finding an unknown Leonardo Da Vinci painting, and into each other. As passions arise, so do the stories of two sets of lovers from two different time periods. They come to understand the story of the subjects of the missing painting, and the secret of their ill-fated love and their ties to DaVinci. They then learn how centuries later, Alex's client's uncle obtains the painting, and how he and his lover preserve it, but also at a heart-breaking price.
The search takes Angela and Alex from L.A. to Florence, to the Italian countryside to Rome. Yet, as the search continues, so do the answers of why the two are mesmerized with each other. Alex helps bring to light the gift that Angela has within her to see the past. This helps them to map the timeless travels of the painting, but unfortunately also opens the way for Dr. Scordato to stalk their every move, as he wants the profit of the painting for himself.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Ms. Ami's descriptive writing invites the reader into a world of art history, architecture, steamy romance, and even mouth-watering delicacies. I felt as if I was pulled into each time period, meeting Leonardo DaVinci myself and witnessing each couples pain and romance first hand. This is a quick and exciting book, perfect for a beach read or rainy day guilty pleasure. A rousing story that sends a chill up your spine, and puts a warmth in the reader's heart as it proves that love is timeless and relentless, and that fate will eventually find peace.
The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci
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