Elisabetta has never thought of herself as beautiful, or even pretty for that matter. Her father has always claimed her loveliness, but she always waved that off as affection for her as a daughter. By a chance meeting on the street, Elisabetta meets the famous painter Leonardo Da Vinci. He immediately notices her mysterious smile. Leonardo introduces her to the best of society, and the highest family in Florence, The Medici’s. Lisa unexpectedly falls for one of the young men in the family… but tough times befall the powerful family. It is not a safe time for her to love him.
Donna Jo Napoli tells the story about the famous smile of Mona Lisa in a new light. The plot was good, and always twisting. I knew the book was about the famous painting, but didn’t at the same time. I can’t really explain, but it was a good thing! The writing was good and easy to comprehend, but intelligent. I felt that I knew the history of Florence better after reading this book. I also felt that I knew Mona Lisa’s story better too. I enjoyed this book a lot, and am glad I gave it a try!
Scale (1-10): 8