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I, Mona Lisa

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A book to remember

I Mona Lisa, will catch your heart and will change the way you feel about.. love. It is a thriller, a romance novel, everything to love and nothing to change. There's intense emotional moments and your heart gets locked into the thickening plot. The surprise ending left...
I Mona Lisa, will catch your heart and will change the way you feel about.. love. It is a thriller, a romance novel, everything to love and nothing to change. There's intense emotional moments and your heart gets locked into the thickening plot. The surprise ending left me screaming in the middle of the night while i was reading it, and I have read and re-read this over so many times- it gets better everytime! It portrayed ancient Florence and Rome precisely and will captivate readers 14- 106 (;

posted by XXmrsblackXX on December 28, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Mix of History and Imagination

The story takes place in Renaissance Florence and incorporates many sites, people and events of the period. The portrait of Savanarola is strong, and seems quite accurate, however, it appears the author has taken quite a bit of liberties with other actual people, and t...
The story takes place in Renaissance Florence and incorporates many sites, people and events of the period. The portrait of Savanarola is strong, and seems quite accurate, however, it appears the author has taken quite a bit of liberties with other actual people, and that's confusing and disconcerting. It would be better if she'd limited her imagination to those characters she invented while constraining her accounts of historial people by actual, reliable facts. Aside from that it is an interesting read, painting a vivid picture of upper class lifestyles during this period against the poverty of the struggling worker classes. It also quite accurately portrays the instability of a government that yearned to be a republic as long as their own people where in charge, and the ruthless tactics required to retain power. But if that truly interests you, read Machiavelli. This is fiction and should be read as such. Slow starting, gains interest about mid-way. Characters are lively, but not always well-developed. Some are even conflicting. However, the suspense builds and is not resolved until the very end, which does make for a good story.

posted by ioancoraimparo on March 20, 2009

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

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    Far-fetched but enjoyable tale of the lady behind the mysterious

    Far-fetched but enjoyable tale of the lady behind the mysterious smile in the portrait of the Mona Lisa. Lisa Ghirardini, who later becomes the wife of Francesco Giacondo, a well-to-do merchant in Florence, becomes involved in treachery, murder, and religious terror during the time of Savonarola (who seems to have been given a bum rap by history). Ms. Kalogridis plays fast and loose with historical facts when Lisa marries Giuliano de Medici, who actually married a member of a prominent family, while Lisa remained married to Francesco Giocomo for decades and bore him several children. But never mind that, the story is a real page-turner and could even be classified as a thriller. Good reading!



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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    It was good

    Overall, I really liked this book. Because I read through it so fast, sometimes I would confuse certain characters. The plot was really well done and I certainly applaud that! I think the very beginning of the book could have moved a bit faster as well. The Lisa and Guiliano romance had a strong Romeo and Juliet vibe to it, but that was okay with me. I would recommend this book to any historical fiction reader.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

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    Super exciting! A must for hist-fic lovers

    This book was great! The reader gets to meet so many famous characters of the Italian Renaissance. I had some misgivings about whether it would be cheesy to try to make a story about how a painting came about, but they were quickly proven unfounded. I thouroughly enjoyed this one. I bought it forever ago and only recently read it because I had some issues with the download. But they fixed it & all is well.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    Haven't I seen you somewhere?

    I love historical fiction and art, so...Well developed characters, political intrigue and just plain fun reading about Leonardo from a different non-art perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2009

    Bookgroups Be sure to read this book

    I found the book a wonderful read. At first I confused the many names, but once into the book, they eyes flew. My book group enjoyed discussing the main characters and Italy at the time of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    I, Mona Lisa

    It was refreshing to read a story about the possible character behind that enigmatic painting. After the Da Vinci Code it seemed to lose some of its beauty in codes and symbols. As a book goes the story was great but two things disapointed me greatly. One being that major plot points were given away too easily, reading just the back cover you know Guiliano meets a tragic end although it only happens halfway through the book. The other is that it was not as passionate as her other books. The vampire diaries and Borgia Bride were full of passionate encounters that made for an exciting read. I missed that this time around, the love story was not as strong as it could have been. Otherwise its is a fantastic book which gives the reader their money's worth.

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