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THE STOLEN LADY: A Novel of WWII & the Mona Lisa Kindle Edition
Two women, separated by five hundred years, hide Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa—with unintended consequences.
From the USA Today bestselling author of The Night Portrait comes a stunning historical novel that will forever change the way you look at the Mona Lisa.
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. But when Lisa’s husband asks Master Leonardo da Vinci to paint a portrait of Lisa, Bellina finds herself tasked with hiding an impossible secret.
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The Stolen Lady is a beautifully written, must-read story of the incredible journey of the Mona Lisa set amid two turbulent times in history. Laura Morelli offers a well-researched and richly told tale that captivated my attention from the first page.--Madeline Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London
The Stolen Lady is a compelling novel about not only what it takes to create art, but also what it takes to preserve it for future generations in the face of war, violence, and strife. Laura Morelli is second to none in her attention to detail in the realm of art history. I promise you that you'll never look at the Mona Lisa the same way again after reading this novel!--Alyssa Palombo, author of The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence
"A fascinating glimpse into the history and mystery behind the woman painted in the most iconic portrait to date--Mona Lisa--and the harrowing lengths of which the staff of the Louvre went to keep her out of Nazi hands during WWII. This was a powerful and poignant ode to a classic work that might have disappeared from the world altogether, and the life of a woman who had no idea today we'd still be admiring her face.--Eliza Knight, USA Today bestselling author of the forthcoming The Mayfair Bookshop
I was transported to Renaissance Italy and WWII France. Morelli perfectly ties the centuries together with the story of a work of art that lives on past the artist and his subject. You'll never look at the Mona Lisa the same way. Morelli breathes life into the grinning woman on the wall, Mona Lisa. She paints a narrative of two centuries, connected by a piece of art that will outlive us all. A stunning accomplishment! Brava, Laura!--Jennifer Anton, Author of Under the Light of the Italian Moon
If you liked Laura's Morelli's The Night Portrait, you'll love The Stolen Lady. Morelli once again spins an unforgettable, page-turning tale of art history--this time about Leonardo da Vinci's The Mona Lisa. With exquisite historical details, surprising plot twists, and unforgettable characters who commit extraordinary acts of bravery to create and protect art, The Stolen Lady entertains while giving readers a whole new perspective on the world's most famous painting.--Stephanie Storey, bestselling author of Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo & Michelangelo and Raphael, Painter in Rome
In a brilliantly written narrative that deftly cuts back and forth between the 15th and the 20th centuries, Morelli brings to vivid life the attempts by a German art restorer and an American soldier to rescue works of art from the destruction of war. This is a compelling story of two heroic people, of the young Cecelia who posed for Da Vinci, the artist, and the times they lived in. I am left with an affirmation of the crucial importance of art to a culture and the power of individual action.
--Frances Mayes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun and Women in Sunlight, on The Night Portrait
Laura Morelli paints another masterpiece with her gripping, powerful, and beautifully written tale of the most famous painting in the world. This is a page-turner of a book, whether you are savoring the origins of DaVinci's Mona Lisa, or cheering the heroic actions of the Louvre workers trying to prevent its theft by the Nazis in WWII. The Stolen Lady is a truly exceptional read.--Crystal King, author of The Chef's Secret
Like the masterpiece she writes about, Laura Morelli has created a work of art that is impossible to forget. With beautifully rendered settings, expertly drawn characters and a storyline that immersed me from the very first page, The Stolen Lady is a wonderful homage to both art and the women in history who made art possible, but whose stories have been forgotten. A truly sublime novel.--Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Secret
Two women, separated by centuries of time, each struggle against rising danger to protect not only treasures but secrets. The pace is cracking, the characters are intriguing, and the plot that connects them is clever. The Stolen Lady is a welcome addition to the historical fiction arena, and a special delight for readers who love novels based on art history.--Libbie Grant, author of The Prophet's Wife --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B097RSKPXC
- Publisher : The Scriptorium (21 September 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 6464 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 364 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 292,138 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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