There is something about events from World War II that really capture me. I can only imagine how terrible life must have been back then for the people under the oppressive control of the Nazis. And, it is the days around the liberation of France that provide the backdrop for Chasing Mona Lisa.
About the Story:
It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci’s masterpiece before it falls into German hands?
With nonstop action, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get readers’ adrenaline pumping as they join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau, the race is on–and the runners are playing for keeps.
My Thoughts ~
It took me a little while to get fully into the story, but once engaged I was compelled to keep reading and see how the plot would play out. I loved the descriptions of France and Switzerland as well as the interactions of the different characters. While the story is a work of fiction, there was some historical fact woven into the story that provided credibility that helped it seem plausible.
Along with the suspense as several individuals are trying to seize control of the Mona Lisa, there are themes of romance and trusting God. Everything is handled in such a manner that I’d feel comfortable with my older boys reading this historical fiction title to help provide a hint of how life was for the French under Nazi control and the days immediately following the liberation of Paris.
I learned that it is the sequel to another title, The Swiss Courier, which I hope to read in the future. Even though it continues the tale of Gabi and Eric, I did not feel hindered in reading this title as a stand alone novel.
Disclaimer ~ I was sent a copy of Chasing Mona Lisa to facilitate this review. No monetary compensation occurred and all opinions are my own. You can read other reviewers thoughts on this title by visiting the Chasing Mona Lisa tour page on LitFuse.
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Chasing Mona Lisa is the continuing tale of Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler (first introduced in The Swiss Courier). This time the due are on a relentless quest to save the most famous painting in the world – the Mona Lisa. You can help Gabi and Eric with your very own spy pack when you enter The Chasing Mona Lisa Giveaway!
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