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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
The Girl Who Loved Caravaggio is the second installment in the Out of Time series by Belle Ami. It is the present day and Angela Renatus, an art historian who has a psychic gift, together with her boyfriend, art detective Alex Caine, is tasked to find the painting Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francisco. Stolen by the Mafia in 1969, this Caravaggio painting has an intriguing history. In 1606 in Italy, the eccentric and volatile painter Caravaggio fell madly in love with Fillide Melandroni, a beautiful prostitute who became his muse and model but the love affair proved to have tragic consequences. In their quest to find Caravaggio's painting, Angela and Alex set out on an adventure that turns out to be dangerous, sensual and intriguing.
Belle Ami's The Girl Who Loved Caravaggio is a short trip back to 17th century Rome and an interesting glimpse into the life of lovers Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Fillide Melandroni. When Angela Renatus is enlisted to find Caravaggio's stolen painting, she realizes that the job is not going to be a walk in the park. Haunted by dreams as she tracks the precious work of art, she goes around the world in search of not only a painting but also the truth about the life and love of Caravaggio. Belle Ami's creative writing style heightens up the thrills and the emotionally charged ambiance of the novel and, as such, it is a very interesting read. The Girl Who Loved Caravaggio is a great love story of two pairs of lovers that certainly deserves to be told!