21 July 2009
Title: The Smile
Author: Donna Jo Napoli
Published in: 2008
Reveiwed by: Kirthi (Kiki) and some help from the inside of the book flap.
What is the reason behind her famous smile? She had the most famous portrait in the world, but who was this mysterious woman?
Elisabetta, Lisa for short, is fifteen. She hopes to marry for love, but knows that the chances were slim. She was going to be betrothed to one of the nobles in Florence.
Leonardo DaVinci is convinced that he will one day paint her portrait, even though Lisa doesn't think she is pretty. Leonardo introduced Monna Elisabetta to Giuliano de' Medici, the heir to the most wealthy and powerful family in Florence. The kindest of his three brothers, Giuliano becomes fast friends with Elisabetta and soon claims his love to her. But the timing couldn't have been worse, Florence is changing and the Medici's are hated and shunned.
Will Lisa's hope for a love marrige and a happy life end with the downfall of the Medici's, or will she "live happily ever after"?
I personally love Renaissance stories, or any story taking place back in the old times. Especially romances. Romances back then were so SWEET and not all gushy and smushy like it appears in some modern stories today.
Donna Jo Napoli is one of my most favorite writers, and this 'new' book has me waiting for more.