Review: The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci – Belle Ami

The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci Book Cover The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci
Out of Time Thriller Series Book 1
Belle Ami
Tema Merback
June 1, 2018

In the spirit of the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and the Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro, blended with an unforgettable romance . . . The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami unravels a compelling mystery with an emotional love story.

Three destinies, three timeless loves, one remarkable painting.

Will her visions lead her to the truth?

Art historian Angela Renatus is haunted by dreams of Leonardo da Vinci and a mysterious painting of Giuliano Medici and his mistress Fioretta Gorini. A painting that, as far as the world knows, doesn't exist. Compelled by her visions, Angela is determined to find out the truth.

When Angela is contacted by art detective Alex Caine, she's shocked to learn that he too is seeking the same painting. Alex's client, a wealthy German financier, is determined to clear the name of his late uncle, Gerhard Jaeger, an art historian, who went missing in Florence, during World War II. In letters written before his disappearance, the historian describes his love affair with a beautiful young Italian woman named Sophia Caro and the discovery of an extraordinary painting by the great master himself-a painting depicting Giuliano and Fioretta.

Angela and Alex journey to Florence in search of the priceless treasure. Is it a lost da Vinci, potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, or a wild goose-chase that will only lead to a dead end? But someone else is searching for the elusive painting-Alberto Scordato is a powerful man in the art world and a sociopath who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even murder. Scordato knows something about Angela that even she doesn't know, something that could threaten both Angela and Alex's lives, forcing them into the crosshairs of fate.

Please note: This novel is a romantic suspense/thriller with scenes of sensuality.

Review by: Melissa Brus

Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

When your dreams, both those for your future and those that happen in your sleep, begin to change, what is a person supposed to do? Angela Renatus is an art historian with a specialty in the works of Da Vinci and she has landed a prestigious internship at the Getty Museum. Problems begin when her supervisor seems much more interested in what is under her skirt than what knowledge she has about the art in the building. Combined with weird dreams of the past including Da Vinci, Giuliano Medici, and Fioretta Gorini, Angela is questioning a lot of things, including her own sanity. When art detective, Alex Caine comes looking for a missing painting, everything becomes more intense. The two discover there are forces that have brought them together. The two must work to right wrongs that have been at play for generations, and maybe find love in the process.

This book is so unique in its approach to time travel. It is done with such a deft hand that the reader is pulled into the story immediately. This combination of mystery, thriller, romance, paranormal, and historical should be a confusing mess, but it is brilliant. If Dan Brown and Diana Gabaldon had a book love child, this would be the gifted and talented version of that child. If this is the first in this series, I can’t wait to see what Belle Ami does with the rest!


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