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The Stolen Lady: A Novel of World War II and the Mona Lisa Paperback – 21 September 2021

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In The Stolen Lady, Laura Morelli weaves together the stories of two remarkable women, separated by more than 400 years, who each find a touchstone for their lives in a singular masterpiece: da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The result is a novel that has as many layers as a beautiful renaissance painting . . . and is as enthralling. From 16th century Florence in the grasp of perilous dynastic and artistic rivalries to WWII France where a handful of intrepid employees scramble to keep the Louvre's masterpieces from Nazi hands, The Stolen Lady takes readers on a vicarious journey centered on art, courage, and how each can inspire the other. It's a lesson as timeless as Mona Lisa's mysterious smile.--Sophie Perinot, author of Médicis Daughter

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.
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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

About the Author

Laura Morelli holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling historical novelist. Laura has taught college students in the U.S. and in Italy. She has covered art and authentic travel for TED-Ed, National Geographic Traveler, Italy Magazine, CNN Radio, and other media. Laura is the author of the popular Authentic Arts guidebook series that includes Made in Italy. Her historical novels, including The Night Portrait and The Gondola Maker, bring the stories of art history to life.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow & Company (21 September 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 512 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062993593
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062993595
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.49 x 2.08 x 20.32 cm
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The first time I visited Venice as a wide-eyed teenager, I knew I was supposed to go home with Murano glass, but I had no idea why.

All I knew was that I was whisked to the famous “glass island” on an overcrowded, stinky boat. I waited behind two dozen tourists to pay an exorbitant price for a little glass fish—what a bewildering experience!

Still, it was the artistic traditions of the world that lured me to travel and inspired me to pursue art history. Today, my mission is to EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN, and INSPIRE with the stories of art history, both real and imagined.

Join me at lauramorelli.com to read a free story, take an online art history class, or to learn more about my work. Thank you!

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LAURA MORELLI holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling historical novelist.

Laura has taught college students in the United States and Europe. She is a longtime trusted guide in the world of cultural travel and authentic shopping, known for her Authentic Arts guidebook series that includes MADE IN ITALY and other guides. She has been a columnist for National Geographic Traveler and Italy Magazine, and has also developed lessons for TED-Ed.

As a historical novelist, Laura's passion is bringing the stories of art history to life. Her debut novel, THE GONDOLA MAKER, was one of the first independently published novels to earn a starred review in Publishers Weekly; it went on to win an IPPY Award and Benjamin Franklin Award. THE PAINTER'S APPRENTICE was a finalist for the 2018 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards grand prize, and was an Editor's Choice in the Historical Novels Review. THE GIANT won an IndieBrag Medallion. THE NIGHT PORTRAIT was a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller and book club pick at Costco, Target, Veranda, and Hudson News. THE STOLEN LADY, Laura's latest historical novel, follows the Mona Lisa from 16th-century Florence to World War II France.

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