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Lauren Patterson, an American PhD student, makes a remarkable discovery and accidently finds the diaries of Leonardo da Vinci's assistant. Paulo del Rossi's diaries then lead us through love stories, drama, blackmail, murder and the aftermath of monumental deception. The modern day quest to uncover the historical truths are fantastically interesting. Immersive and intriguing, Paulo del Rossi and Lauren guide us through the Renaissance in Florence to Nazi Germany and into the local Costa coffee shop with ease. We even discover the secret of Mona Lisa's smile and follow a tender love story that spans across the years. A fantastic read.
When Lauren Patterson, a young American PhD student, discovers the diary of an assistant to Leonardo da Vinci, we are immediately immersed in the personalities and intrigues surrounding the greatest genius in history. Dramas in the forms of blackmail, murder, defamation, betrayal and bitter artistic rivalries play out against prosaic everyday struggles to extract money from clients, find lost pattern books, deliver on rash boasts fuelled by too much wine and, amidst all of this, create masterpieces. We meet the inspiration behind Leonardo’s greatest paintings, discover the secret of Mona Lisa’s smile and bear witness as a tender love story unfolds over the years. The diaries also reveal the existence of a charming drawing, inspired by love and created with Leonardo’s assistance, a drawing with hidden depths. Meanwhile, the discovery of the diaries is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Lauren, an opportunity threatened by academic jealousies, unwanted media attention and personal insecurities. However, a partnership develops between the young academic and an English art dealer as they work to complete the diary and track down the drawing–a task that will take them from Renaissance Florence to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust to a thrilling dénouement when the portrait gives up its remarkable secret and our protagonists embrace their future.
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Publication date: 05/01/2018
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
|Publication date:||5th January 2018|
|Publisher:||CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform|
|Genres:||Historical Fiction, Indie Books We Love,|