Chasing Mona Lisa

Renee Ann Smith —  January 28, 2012 — 1 Comment

As some of you readers may remember, I was privileged to attend the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference last September. One of my favorite classes was taught by prolific author Tricia Goyer. Tricia hosts a weekly radio show, leads a MOPS group, raises kids, writes and more. In her class, she shared the research techniques she uses as the basis for her historical fiction novels. She uses those techniques to create an unforgettable story world in her latest book, Chasing Mona Lisa.

Chasing Mona Lisa is an action-packed historical thrill-ride with a romantic thread. I enjoyed how this story transported me to World War II, which is one of my favorite time periods (as seen in this post). From the opening scene, this novel sucked me in and kept me turning pages during my study halls at schools (who knows what my students were doing!) and late into the night. I couldn’t wait to discover what would happen in the lives of Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler and the other couple that featured in their temporary alliance, resistance fighters Bernard and Collette.

I love being able to read a story of international intrigue, love, and revenge, which features layered characters, sophisticated plotting, and historical accuracy—all the while being confident that the authors would never take me into inappropriate scenes and conversations. (And that’s just one of the many reasons, we should be reading, purchasing, and recommending Christian fiction!)

I find it difficult to discuss a book like Chasing Mona Lisa without sharing spoilers. So here’s the book blurb: 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. Read an excerpt, watch a video and find out more here:

***You can purchasing Chasing Mona Lisa at this link. Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy for me to review.

About the authors: Tricia Goyer is the coauthor of The Swiss Courier as well as the author of many other books, including Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights, both past winners of the ACFW’s Book of the Year Award for Long Historical Romance. Goyer lives with her family in Arkansas. For more about Tricia and her other books visit

Mike Yorkey is the author or coauthor of dozens of books, including The Swiss Courier and the bestselling Every Man’s Battle series. Married to a Swiss native, Yorkey lived in Switzerland for 18 months. He and his family currently reside in California. For more about Mike  and his other books visit

****See the post below or at this link to enter the giveaway associated with this book. You may be the one to win an iPod Touch!

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

One response to Chasing Mona Lisa

  1. Thank you for your kind words about Chasing Mona Lisa! I’m glad you enjoyed my class, too!!

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