On Sale: June 26, 2018
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Women's Fiction Historical | Historical | Thriller Historical
From Simone Van Der Vlugt comes her European bestselling
novel of a young woman's rise as a painter in Holland's
Golden Age—perfect for readers of The Miniaturist, Tulip
Fever, and Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Amsterdam 1654: against the backdrop of Holland's Golden
Age, a dangerous secret threatens to destroy a young
widow's new life.
Following the sudden death of her husband, twenty-five-
year old Catrin leaves her small village and takes a job
as a housekeeper to the successful Van Nulandt merchant
family. Amsterdam is a city at the peak of its powers:
science and art are flourishing in the Golden Age and
Dutch ships bring back exotic riches from the Far East.
Madam Van Nulandt passes her time taking expensive
painting lessons from a local master, Rembrandt van
Rigin, and when Catrin takes up a brush to finish some of
her mistress's work, Rembrandt realizes the maid has
genuine talent, and encourages her to continue.
When a figure from her past threatens her new life,
Catrin flees to the smaller city of Delft. There, her
gift as a painter earns her a chance to earn a living
painting pottery at a local workshop. Slowly, the
workshop begins to develop a new type of pottery to rival
fancy blue-on-white imported Chinese porcelain—and the
graceful and coveted Delft Blue designs she creates help
revolutionize the industry. But when tragedy strikes,
Catrin must decide whether to defend her newfound
independence, or return to the village that she'd fled.
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