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. Continue Reading…