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The Stolen Lady
The Stolen Lady: A Novel of World War II and the Mona Lisa | Laura Morelli
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From the acclaimed author of The Night Portrait comes a stunning historical novel about two women, separated by five hundred years, who each hide Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa--with unintended consequences. France, 1939 At the dawn of World War II, Anne Guichard, a young archivist employed at the Louvre, arrives home to find her brother missing. While she works to discover his whereabouts, refugees begin flooding into Paris and German artillery fire rattles the city. Once they reach the city, the Nazis will stop at nothing to get their hands on the Louvre's art collection. Anne is quickly sent to the Castle of Chambord, where the Louvre's most precious artworks--including the Mona Lisa--are being transferred to ensure their safety. With the Germans hard on their heels, Anne frantically moves the Mona Lisa and other treasures again and again in an elaborate game of hide and seek. As the threat to the masterpieces and her life grows closer, Anne also begins to learn the truth about her brother and the role he plays in this dangerous game. Florence, 1479 House servant Bellina Sardi's future seems fixed when she accompanies her newly married mistress, Lisa Gherardini, to her home across the Arno. Lisa's husband, a prosperous silk merchant, is aligned with the powerful Medici, his home filled with luxuries and treasures. But soon, Bellina finds herself bewitched by a charismatic monk who has urged Florentines to rise up against the Medici and to empty their homes of the riches and jewels her new employer prizes. When Master Leonardo da Vinci is commissioned to paint a portrait of Lisa, Bellina finds herself tasked with hiding an impossible secret. When art and war collide, Leonardo da Vinci, his beautiful subject Lisa, and the portrait find themselves in the crosshairs of history.
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bookandbedandtea
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Mehso-so

Told in alternating POVs, this is the story of the creation of the Mona Lisa and the efforts of the Louvre staff to protect it during WWII. The story should be riveting, esp as one POV is Leonardo's, and it started well but I found it underwhelming. The story drags, none of the characters are particularly compelling, and the end is quite abrupt.

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Just_reading
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“Books have the power to transport us, to allow us to escape to another time and place, just by reading some words on a page or screen. That‘s the closest thing to magic I know.” - Laura Morelli

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Pickpick

Though I feel like this was written well, it didn‘t keep my attention through the whole book. It kind of felt like there were some parts that could have been written more condensed. Overall, it was good but I wouldn‘t read it again.

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Pickpick

HAPPY PUB DAY!!

A do NOT miss read!!

One woman is the person in the painting while the other woman is trying to save it.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/76prjvnw

@lauramorelliphd

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SilversReviews
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LOVE book mail!!

Thank you @williammorrowbooks

#wmtastemakers

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SilversReviews
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One woman is the person in the painting another woman is trying to save it.

We meet Lisa Gherardini in 1497 whose husband wanted a portrait of her, and we meet Anne Guichard in 1939 who is trying to keep The Mona Lisa out of the hands of the Nazis.

Marvelous research as always and an educational trip through history as we learn about the woman behind that Mona Lisa smile. 5/5

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