Book Review for TIFFANY BLUES by M.J. Rose
TIFFANY BLUES by M.J. Rose
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A beautiful and expressive story chronicling the life of a Jazz Age artist on a journey to discover who she can truly be despite her past.
TIFFANY BLUES just reminded me why use to love reading M.J. Rose's books so much. The eloquence and gracefulness of her writing allows the reader to be immersed in the worlds she creates. There is a richness to prose which brings not only engaging characters, but a real-life feel to her stories.
What I loved about this particular story is the bringing together of historical fiction and art through the introduction of uniquely quirky and complex characters. Jenny, Minx, Oliver, and Mr. Tiffany himself leapt off the page. In truth, I could relate the most to Jenny's artistic struggles. After experiencing loss within my own family, I worked primarily in black and white, but later forced myself to push into working with color again. Though I still gravitate to charcoal as well as pen and ink, this moment was key for me. Jenny had much more to deal with than I, but the honesty within her development resonated with me.
For some reason, over the years, I have stopped reading the author's books. Honestly, I can't tell you why. After adoring every page TIFFANY BLUES, I have no doubt Rose's will be on my to read pile again.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Library of Light and Shadow crafts a dazzling Jazz Age jewel—a novel of ambition, betrayal, and passion about a young painter whose traumatic past threatens to derail her career at a prestigious summer artists’ colony run by Louis Comfort Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. fame. “[M.J. Rose] transports the reader into the past better than a time machine could accomplish” (The Associated Press).
New York, 1924. Twenty‑four‑year‑old Jenny Bell is one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious artists’ colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid distractions and romantic entanglements and take full advantage of the many wonders to be found at Laurelton Hall.
But Jenny’s past has followed her to Long Island. Images of her beloved mother, her hard-hearted stepfather, waterfalls, and murder, and the dank hallways of Canada’s notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women overwhelm Jenny’s thoughts, even as she is inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany’s charismatic grandson.
As the summer shimmers on, and the competition between the artists grows fierce as they vie for a spot at Tiffany’s New York gallery, a series of suspicious and disturbing occurrences suggest someone knows enough about Jenny’s childhood trauma to expose her.
Supported by her closest friend Minx Deering, a seemingly carefree socialite yet dedicated sculptor, and Oliver, Jenny pushes her demons aside. Between stolen kisses and stolen jewels, the champagne flows and the jazz plays on until one moonless night when Jenny’s past and present are thrown together in a desperate moment, that will threaten her promising future, her love, her friendships, and her very life.
About the Author: New York Times bestselling author M. J. Rose grew up in New York City exploring the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum and the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, a founding board member of International Thriller Writers, and the founder of the first marketing company for authors, AuthorBuzz.com. She lives in Connecticut. Visit her online at MJRose.com.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (August 7, 2018)
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