Book Review for MIDNIGHT BLUE by Simone Van Der Vlugt
MIDNIGHT BLUE by Simone Van Der Vlugt
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An emotional and heartwarming tale infused with love, loss, and art.
MIDNIGHT BLUE is a sublime story highlighting Amsterdam in 1650s. As with any good historical fiction novel, I was transported in time and soon became immersed in the life the characters were living.
What I loved about the book was not only the eloquence and craft of the writing, but the way the author gave us a moment in Catrin’s life. As the reader, it was so much more gratifying to meet her after her husband’s death. Then to experience the parts needed in flashbacks. It was also wonderful not to have everything perfectly tied in a bow at the end.
This book is life in all its ups and downs. It shows pain, resilience, and heart all with a bit of art on the side. I will say that one of my favorite moments is when Rembrandt makes an appearance. As an artist myself, this was an interaction I enjoyed.
If you are a historical fiction lover or just someone who enjoys a quality story about all life can throw at you, MIDNIGHT BLUE is definitely worth a read.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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.
About the Author: Simone van der Vlugt is an acclaimed Dutch novelist, whose books have sold more than two million copies. She lives with her husband and two children in Alkmaar. Midnight Blue is her first novel to be published in the United States.
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 26, 2018)
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