The short blurb on the cover of this amazingly wonderful book reads “A 17th century artwork, a portfolio of canvasses, and a gorgeous man no one seems to notice.”
We are taken to Italy. Peter, an American man, has just inherited a home on Malta from his great-uncle, and artist and a man estranged from all of his family except Peter. In the home, above the fireplace, is a picture of a beautiful man. This painting is assumed by many to have been painted by Caravaggio, the great painter of the 17th century. There is one problem with this theory though. In his uncle’s portfolio are many other works and sketches, and this same man is in each and every one there.
And then, one day, Peter sees a man who looks exactly like this man on the street, and eventually, after searching, Peter finds Angelo. A friendship ensues, that eventually turns into love.
But who is Angelo? And why does Angelo look exactly like the man in the painting and the works in the portfolio? This leads to a mystery that Peter just must figure out for himself. And when he does, the answers are totally unexpected, and even unbelievable. Angelo is not what he seems, and this fact completely complicates the situation.
Not only that, but a greedy brother decides that, although Lawrenz, the uncle, was not wanted by his family, and estranged by them, he deserved half the inheritance, especially since there may very well be an extremely valuable painting involved in the business. And with his appearance in Malta, the whole situation blows up, with unexpected characters and events that will leave you breathless.
This story has all the twists and turns of a great suspense novel, all the romance of the greatest love stories, and all the beauty of the scenery of Malta, and the men involved.
I loved this book. I had seen a blurb somewhere and immediately knew it would be right up my alley, and I certainly was not disappointed. The development of the scenery in Malta and the characters makes this book one of those that you just don’t want to put down. It moved along at a steady pace, the plot continued to develop to an intense climax, and I left the book loving some of the characters, happy that others got what they deserved, and wishing to read another story by Chris Quinton.
Book Description A seventeenth-century artwork, a portfolio of canvases and a gorgeous man no one seems to notice— Add in a jealous brother and a scheming stranger, and Paul has inherited trouble.
Paul is estranged from his family, and inherits property on Malta from his artist great-uncle Lawrenz Calleja. It includes a portfolio of canvases Lawrenz painted over the decades, and an artwork that might be a seventeenth-century piece in the style of Caravaggio, but is more likely a symptom of his great-uncle’s obsession—the same man appears in every painting. Paul has grown up knowing that face, the man Lawrenz called Angelo. When he meets someone who matches the image exactly, Paul is hooked. Their friendship rapidly deepens into love.
Angelo is in exile on the island of Malta—he has to learn compassion and love before he can return to his Father’s house. But he learns the lessons too well, and that proves dangerous. Nico has watched him for a long time, waiting for just this moment, when Angelo is at his most vulnerable. Nico gains an ally when Paul’s brother, Calvin, arrives in Malta. Calvin is convinced Paul inherited a fortune and is determined to claim a share of it. But the battle between Angelo and Nico is far more than it seems and the Calleja brothers are in danger of becoming collateral damage.
Caravaggio’s Angel was last modified: April 30th, 2016 by GGR-Review