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Francesca’s father is a well-known painter in the bustling port city of Amsterdam; he is also a gambler. Though their household is in economic chaos, thankfully the lessons she learned in his studio have prepared her to study with Johannes Vermeer, the master of Delft. When she arrives to begin her apprenticeship, Francesca is stunned to find rules, written in her father’sFrancesca’s father is a well-known painter in the bustling port city of Amsterdam; he is also a gambler. Though their household is in economic chaos, thankfully the lessons she learned in his studio have prepared her to study with Johannes Vermeer, the master of Delft. When she arrives to begin her apprenticeship, Francesca is stunned to find rules, written in her father’s hand, insisting that she give up the freedoms she once enjoyed at home- including her friendship with Pieter van Doorne, a tulip merchant. Unaware of a terrible bargain her father has made against her future, Francesca pursues her growing affection for Pieter even as she learns to paint like Vermeer, in layers of light. As her talent blooms, “tulip mania” sweeps the land, and fortunes are being made on a single bulb. What seems like a boon for Pieter instead reveals the extent of the betrayal of Francesca’s father. And as the two learn the true nature of the obstacles in their path, a patron of Francesca’s father determines to do anything in his power to ensure she stays within the limits that have been set for her.The Golden Tulip brings one of the most exciting periods of Dutch history alive, creating a page-turning novel that is as vivid and unforgettable as a Vermeer painting....

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The Golden Tulip Reviews

  • Linda
    2019-01-12 01:59

    When I first read the description of this story I had the smarts not to read anyone else's review. I enjoyed what I read beforehand and I didn't want other people to tarnish my opinion. I think if I had read someone's less-than-five-star review, I would not have considered reading the book. And I am glad I did this because THE GOLDEN TULIP was such a rich and honored narrative with considerable depth. So, if you have read the publisher's depiction and you think this is a story you might want to read, STOP HERE. Read the story!-------------My Review:I will start with the biggest drawback. The hardcover I read was 585 pages with small print. The actual size of the book was not overly large but you could have easily used it to press flowers. The story was historical fiction mixed with real characters that lived during the 1600's in Holland, a former province of the Netherlands. Francesca Visser, a young woman, wanted to become an artist in the truest sense: a Master Painter. This was a serious profession if you had money and influence to seek an apprenticeship. It was also the story of the three men that affected her the most.Her papa, the artist Hendrick Visser, was a fifty-something year old man with the attitude of a self-absorbent boy. His moodiness, excessive drinking and gambling habit affected his household all the time. He controlled the money but required his wife, and then Francesca, to pay the bills. This issue was a constant source of anxiety.Then there was the sordid, degenerative Ludolf van Deventer, her father's patron and a man whom lusted after Francesca. He was determined that nothing would stop him from possessing her. NOTHING. The best way to describe him? Think of oily sandpaper running over your skin.Lastly, there was the kindly Pieter van Doorne. From the first moment he saw Francesca, he knew in his heart she was someone special. He was a horticulturalist before the term came into being. He tended to his bulbs and landscaped to make ends meet. As strongly as Francesca wanted to become a Master Painter, Pieter had a deep passion for growing flowers. Because he understood her intentness, he respected Francesca. And with a fierceness he had never felt before, he loved her.Francesca's sisters, Aletta and Sybella, tug and push the plot along. There were two wonderful secondary stories in the second half of the book when they reach adulthood. You will also 'meet' Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer with all their idiosyncrasies. I am not an expert on art but there was a time or two that I wondered if Ms. Laker took some liberties. On the flip side, the author took great care in bringing these people, along with all the others, to life.THE GOLDEN TULIP was very much a character-driven story. It contained espionage, family drama and romance with some surprising men. Until now, the closest I have come to enjoying a book from this general era was THE TINNER'S BRIDE by Irene Northan. Like that story, TGT won me over with five stars.

  • Sonya Choudhury
    2018-12-26 00:17

    Seemed a good book to read en route to Amsterdam - seeing as it is set in that city. Add to that the three sisters who feature in the book ,the daughters of a Dutch artist, and painters themselves. The eldest falls in love with a tulip maker, the second with a penniless artist. When they are not painting and doing other Dutch things, the girls walk by the canals and go visit Rembrandt and his family ! Clearly it had all the right ingredients. Plus we got it for 99 cents in an on the road side sale ...."Lets buy , read and junk" said S . So we did. of course we didn't junk it. And here it is back in Mumbai on our already overloaded book shelves ! PS- And now it's become a family favorite . A and A love it too !

  • Heather
    2019-01-06 07:07

    This amazing novel has many different story threads woven together beautifully. At the heart is the story of Francesca and her family. Francesca is the daughter of a decent artist in Amsterdam. Taking after her father, she appears to be headed toward great things in the art world. An apprenticeship is acquired for her with the relatively unknown (at the time) Johannes Vermeer in Delft. Things all seem to be looking up – Francesca has an apprenticeship, her family appears to be doing well (her father has a wealthy patron), and she finds herself falling in love with Pieter (a tulip grower and landscape designer). Just when things appear to go well, all starts to fall apart. The patron of her father has become obsessed with Francesca and is determined to marry her – no matter what the cost! How do these problems affect Francesca’s art? How will her family fare? What will happen to the blossoming love between Francesca and Pieter?My favorite part about this novel was the way the characters were written. I truly felt for the characters. I would be excited when good things happened and very upset when horrible things happened. Each character felt so real – they all had their flaws and personalities and didn’t feel typical. One of my favorite characters was a minor character – Catherina Vermeer, Johannes Vermeer’s wife. She was so good to Francesca and I just loved her personality.It is very obvious that a lot of research went into this book. Tulipmania was explained in relative depth – this was when the price of a single tulip bulb climbed to as high as a year’s salary, everyone wanted them, and then the market crashed and people were left penniless. There were also great descriptions of the cities of Amsterdam and Delft. Vermeer’s paintings were discussed – what the meaning are behind some of the works and symbols, stories about the sittings as well as physical descriptions. I really loved this book – it had so many little stories happening with this family and was very intriguing. I cannot wait to get to read The Venetian Mask which is on my shelf right now. 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Gaile
    2019-01-17 02:04

    This novel takes us to 17th century Holland against the background Of William Of Orange coming of age and Louis XIV's invasion of Holland. This is they heyday of the great Dutch painters. Francesca Visser wishes only to learn to paint. Marriage is the furthest thing from her mind. In fact, she is minded not to marry. Her younger sister, Aletta is also struggling to find independence while the youngest Sybylla wants to marry the richest man she can find.Since the death of their mother from bearing Sybylla, Francesca has been responsible for running her father's household and raising her sister. Although her father loves his family, he is a somewhat feckless impractical man with a weakness for gambling which leads him into trouble that directly affects Francesca.Two men love Francesca, Pieter Van Doorne and Ludolf Van Deventer.She goes to Delft to apprentice to Johannes Vermeer only to find to her bewilderment the freedom she has always enjoyed taken away. Meanwhile her sister, Aletta gets on the wrong side of their father and also finds herself in Delft. Sybylla prepares herself to marry only to get sidetracked.I greatly enjoyed this novel. It took me less time to read than I thought as I found it difficult to tear myself away.Highly recommended.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-01 02:01

    I just could not get past the first several pages of the novel. I was interested in the story, but I found the writing too flat.

  • Linda
    2019-01-08 00:13

    This historical romance that takes place in Holland during the time of the great painters there. Francesca Visser, daughter of Hendrick Visser, a friend of the painter Rembrandt, yearns to become a master artist on her own, and her dreams come true when she is finally apprenticed to the artist Vermeer. Her father, in order to settle his gambling debts, has secretly betrothed her to wealthy, sinister Ludolf VanDeventer, but she is really in love with tulip grower Pieter Van Doorne. Add to this the love lives and fortunes (or lack of them) of her sisters Aleta and Sybilla, and this begins to sound like "just any old pot boiler romance." What saves it is that the author really knows her history as well as the art, and makes it all come alive for the reader. Although parts of the plot are convenient and even predictable, I found that this novel of almost 600 pages held my interest to the end. One of the library reviews says this is for those who like "more meat than heat" in their historical romance.

  • Courtney
    2019-01-13 23:57

    I expected this book to be a copy cat of Girl With a Pearl Earring, which I also enjoyed. I found that the only similarity between the two, was the setting in mid-1600s Holland and the presence of the painter, Vermeer, the plot completey diverged from one another. In the Golden Tulip, the main character, Fransesca, is an aspiring painter who undertakes an apprenticeship with Johannes Vermeet in order to gain her mastership. Along the course, she must overcome the obstacles to her relationship with her true love, Pieter, and the unwanted seductions of a ill suitor. The story is also intertwined with the romances and pursuits of her two younger sisters. In the end, the story concludes happily ever after with the demise of the shifty suitor and the marriage of the two lovers. My only complaint was the sporadic pace of the book. At times, the author focused ad nauseum on detail and setting and at other times rushed through major events in a sentence or two.

  • Anne Earney
    2018-12-30 03:07

    Great setting, interesting characters, apparently well researched - but hampered by clumsy over-writing. Every other sentence could have been cut, and the overall effect would have been much better, especially the descriptions of character motivation, which were guilty of telling in addition to showing. But once the plot took off, I was able to overlook that and I enjoyed the story. It's a little cheesy - happy endings all around! - but I wasn't expecting much else, so it made for an easy read in that sense. So another one read in my quest to read about the part of Europe I'll be visiting in the fall. I felt that this one continued my education of the history of Holland, at least as portrayed in historical fiction. I'll have a better idea of some of the stories behind the places, and the people, when I get there.

  • Sue
    2019-01-05 03:01

    While I enjoy reading about artists & have affinity for Dutch/Flemish art, this book became tedious. I got half-way thru the 550 pg book. Needed some editing.

  • Ally
    2019-01-13 00:18

    3.5 StarsI read this book ten years ago, after reading another novel by Laker, To Dance With Kings. I enjoy her writing style, although her character portrayals are typical of the time period she's writing and of the time the books were written (1970s-1980s). All in all, an enjoyable read that I will most likely pick up again.

  • Ruby
    2019-01-07 04:07

    This book delves you into Amsterdam and the surrounding area's so you can see the streets and the famous artists of the time. We just traveled to that area and it was great revisiting the sites. A quick and enjoyable read

  • Robin Ferguson
    2019-01-07 04:07

    Great historical novel set in Holland with the Dutch artists of the 17th. century. I really enjoyed this book and am looking to read more from Rosalind Laker.

  • Brenna
    2019-01-21 01:23

    This is a slow and steady book...very well written and an enjoyable read

  • Susan Mcswain
    2019-01-13 05:25

    A really good read. A bit long.

  • Stefani
    2019-01-22 02:21

    Interesting historical fiction novel featuring famous Dutch painters with some romance and other soap opera elements thrown in. An interesting read, but not the best thing I've ever read.

  • Sally
    2019-01-21 01:20

    Holy crap, longest book ever. I brought it with me to the Isle of Wight because it's SO long and heavy and the print is tiny that I figured the only way I'd ever read it was if I was trapped with it on a long journey, and the choice was to either read it or be bored for 6 hours. :PAnd actually, it was really good! Beth reading over my shoulder found it dull but I actually enjoyed it, even if it WAS hellishly long. The story followed the lives of painter Hendrick Visser's three children over about ten years, mostly focused on eldest daughter Francesca. I think the book could easily have been only her story because there was a lot less of middle daughter Aletta and youngest Sybylla in the latter half. I found myself skimming over some of the Aletta/Constantijn parts because I was just not as interested, although Sybylla was FUN. She was very much of the idea that she was going to marry the richest man she could find, but when she did find one who was rich enough for her to accept his proposal of course she also at the same time met poor, artist's apprentice Hans... ;)I learnt a fair bit about the idea of painters being masters and having apprentices, and their pupils being indentured and a whole lot of fascinating 17th century bits and bobs. The setting was mostly Amsterdam and that was just lovely. The only parts that went over my head were the political bits speaking of the French and Spanish, because I don't know my European history very well - damn Australian school system! ;)Hendrick was a really interesting character, extravagant with his gifts when he had money - which was not often. He drannk and gambled away most of it, sometimes winning big enough to last a while, sometimes losing big enough to threaten everything... and therein lies most of the story. One loss is so huge that he ends up promising his daughter, Francesca, to horrid old Ludolf if he helps him out of this hole. Not Hendrick's idea mind you, he is horrified! But Ludolf has him against a wall and blackmails him and totally takes control of Francesca's apprenticeship, sending her to the awful Geetruyd Wolff in Delft instead of the family already chosen for her board. And there it becomes all twisty and dark and omg Ludolf and Geetruyd combined are just evil! The strictest rules are set out for Francesca, banning her from seeing her friend Pieter (naturally the one she finally falls for) and from even writing to him. Geetruyd has a lot of power in the town and even when Francesca gives a letter to someone else to mail, it ends up back in the hands of Vrouw Wolff!I wouldn't read it again but it'd be kind of awesome if there was a movie or something, because I did enjoy the story and the setting a lot - I just wish it could have been a lot shorter! And now it's made me want to go and read Girl with a Pearl Earring too :D

  • Kathleen
    2019-01-25 01:05

    Enjoyed the twists and turns in the story that delivered mid 1600's in Holland. Intrigue, painting history, French spies to take over... Fun read.

  • Susan Williams
    2018-12-31 04:21

    Interesting story, just tooooo long in the telling! I adored Rosalind Laker's "To Dance with Kings", an epic gothic saga set in the era of King Louis XIV. So imagine my delight in finding two other titles by the same author on the shelf at my local library. The "Golden Tulip" is set in 17th century Holland during the era of the great painters, Rembrandt and Vermeer. The main character, Francesca is a gifted young artist who becomes Vermeer's protege. During her apprenticeship, she also becomes embroiled in a sinister arranged marriage and a war between Holland and France.Her lively younger sisters also are engaging characters not to mention her hard drinking gambler artist father. It just seemed about 150 pages too long and took a lot of effort keep motivated until the end, when the pace picked up appreciably.

  • Annette
    2019-01-13 01:07

    This story is led by a fictional character, Francesca. Through her a reader gets to experience the 17th century Amsterdam and its rich history, known for great artists and tulips.As Francesca grows up listening to her father’s stories about famous artists of Florence, she learns to appreciate art herself. With her family being acquainted with Rembrandt’s family, a reader gets to know briefly the great artist and his struggles as well.After the death of her mother, at the age of 13, Francesca takes over the responsibility of the household and her painting lessons vanish with the grief of her father. But one day a young man appears at their door to deliver tulip bulbs. It is Peter, proud horticultural business owner. Shortly after her father’s art dealer arranges for her apprenticeship with Vermeer in Delft. Meanwhile, Francesca’s life starts to take a different turn until a new patron for her father’s paintings enters the scene. Ludolf is a scheming and very unlikable character.As Francesca enters her apprenticeship, a reader gets to know the famous artist Vermeer and his family. Also, the conflict between Louis XIV of France and Prince of Orange is weaved into the story.Overall, I enjoyed this story and I’m getting to like the style of writing of this author. This is the second book I’ve read by her. But I gave this book 4 stars due to the very one unlikable character, who spoiled the story for me at some point to a point that I almost put the book away. But I’m glad I didn’t.

  • DianeHolm
    2019-01-11 00:02

    Very addicting and well written…The Golden Tulip will appeal to the heart of all those who struggle to reach their dreams.The story, set in periods of Dutch history, weaves innocence and deception into a captivating tale. You are carried back in time to notable confrontations with stunning realism. Artistic creativity of the true masters, bright and bold fields of tulips and the dark side of unethical behavior surface in unexpected places. Each chapter addresses the challenges of one character or another and you are often left wondering when they will reappear. If you try to predict the next move, you best put on your detective cloak. The author skillfully uses twists and turns surprising even the best of readers. The characters, though a bit confusing at first, grow vivid and real with each turning page. Some are intensely and intimately described and yet others are mysterious shadows. There is a wonderful variety of naivety, common sense, shocking reality and evil in its purest form. Action fills almost every page and a roller coaster of emotional challenges soon beset the reader. The story has many side plots which enhance the book. You will find a wide web of intrigue at its finest, romance with shocking consequences, and shameful dishonesty with scandalous results. The overall writing style flows easily. The settings and actions come alive as the author reaches not only your senses but your heart as well. The Golden Tulip is a wonderful story for those who love to dream. It may surprise you what the human heart can endure… and still survive.

  • Ana
    2018-12-27 02:16

    This period of Dutch history is such an inspirational theme for historical fiction writers. I had read before, 'The Girl With the Pear Earring' and 'Girl in Hyacinth Blue', but 'The Golden Tulip' is the crowning jewel of all these books.Written in the finest manner of realism, Rosalind Laker brings us stories of three sisters, daughters of a fictional Dutch painter. Francesca and Aletta want to be artists like their father Hendrick, Sybylla wants to marry well.All three of them encounter problems on their way to happiness, as Francesca departs to be an apprentice for Vermeer, Aletta and Hendric have a falling out, and Sybylla is a vain little girl. My favorite characters were Aletta and William, but I detested Hendrick. I don't know if it's just the historical difference, but I'm positive that Anna's love would have faded after a few years of marriage. I didn't see anything wrong with Aletta selling her paintings, and Hendrick would have done well with a few years in prison.What I didn't like that much was the stile. Rosalind Laker makes remarks all the time about things that could have easily been incorporated to the story (so called dummy monologues) or explains things that the reader could have easily figured out, as if she didn't trust that it was possible. It's not such a big deal, but it did make a good instead of excellent book.

  • Wisteria Leigh
    2018-12-25 07:02

    Two of Master Painter Visser's three daughters are apprenticing with him. Francesca, the eldest shows the most promise, focus and direction. Aletta, wants to paint to make her own money, while Sybylla is looking for wealth and status in marriage. Unfortunately, Visser is a gambler and his greed forces him to sign away his daughter Francesca's life to marry a despicably lecherous man who buys out his debts. Francesca has no idea as she is allowed to follow her pursuit to apprentice with Jan Vermeer in Delft. Used to freedom and carefree living, Francesca quickly learns that her stay in Delft is strictly monitored by her "house mother" landlord. Painting is Francesca's only freedom in Delft, and her work blossoms as does her friendship with Pieter (a tulip grower from her hometown). The story of Francesca is interwoven with the story of her two sisters. Aletta is estranged from her father, and Sybylla believes her world is just right as she prepares to marry, until she begins to question her true feelings. This book had so many different stories creating one novel, Laker has you never wanting you to put the book down. The character of Francesca is so strong, she is a favorite of mine. I honestly can't imagine a person with such resolve. [return]She will surely make you think about life and what is important to you.

  • Karla
    2019-01-13 00:18

    The Golden Tulip, Rosalind Laker (3.5)I wish I had read this book before my recent trip to Amsterdam. It is set there and parts of the rural Netherlands in the 1600’s after the Tulipmania and just prior to the invasion attempt by Louis XIV of France and describes the city and culture of that time. It follows a family of artists who know Rembrandt and Vermeer. Parts of the delight of the book are the details given of the painting process along with the progress of the painters, though the history and art of the book are the backdrop to a love story of the Master artist’s daughter (an artist in training herself) and a young tulip grower. The pace of the book is accelerated with obstacles placed between the two by some thoughtless and truly evil characters. Part way through I was concerned this would turn into a typical (and annoying) star-crossed lovers story, but I’m happy to report that, while not having a truly unique plot, it did redeem itself with enough variants from the ‘they must be doomed as everything goes against them’ theme. I realize this type of book is enjoyable to read, but the good characters are too nice and too good looking while the evil characters tend to be 100% bad. I think that is one of the big differentiators between lasting classics and just enjoyable reads.

  • Julie
    2019-01-06 23:08

    Set in 17th century Holland, The Golden Tulip chronicles the life of Francesca Visser, the daughter of a master painter and inveterate gambler whose debts cause him to all but sell Francesca to his patron. Francesca is set upon the goal of being a master painter herself, but there are all sorts of complications – financial, emotional – before she can achieve this. Honestly, I almost stopped reading after about 10 pages because of Laker’s all-too-blatant exposition about Dutch customs of the time: there was an awful lot of “she did this, which was the way all girls of her social standing did it,” and “as most Dutch houses of the day were laid out.” After about 50 pages, it got better, though it was much more of a melodrama than I had expected, with major upheavals going on in the lives of Francesca and her two sisters; although it covers the same time period as Girl with the Pearl Earring, and is also set among painters, it is far less restrained. I was also disappointed that the tulipomania promised on the cover – a period in Dutch history that I was interested in learning about – happened some 20 years before the start of the narrative, so while it is mentioned, it is not part of the story.

  • Ms. Littell
    2019-01-01 04:05

    A long book for a long day of flying. As I hopped across the United States via plane, the time passed quickly as I engrossed myself in this story. Francesca lives in Amsterdam at the time of Rembrandt's last years. her father is a painter, and she hopes to be one as well. It is a saga of years of the family's life. Francesca's father is a gambler with a periodic income. Her sisters are also trained to be painters, but it is Francesca who eventually becomes an apprentice to Vermeer. Unfortunately, her family's money is tied up with a controlling and conniving man who has determined to marry Francesca, but she is in love with another man. This is also a time in Dutch history when the French attempt to take over. All of this comes together for an enthralling novel.If you love Dutch painting and/or historical fiction, you'll like this book. It is long, but when given chunks of time to read, it has a good pace. (Being who I am, I read it over a period of ten hours on planes, finishing right before landing.)

  • Rowena
    2019-01-13 04:19

    This is the story of the Visser family set in 17th century Holland. The father Hendrick is a wonderful painter but a drunk and a gambler. In one fateful act, he loses the family's fortune and is forced to promise his eldest daughter, Francesca to marry his loathsome patron Ludolf in order to keep their livelihood. Francesca is a painter herself and is in fact apprenticed to Johannes Vermeer. She has already fallen in love with a tulip grower Pieter van Doorne and the story follows of the Visser family's various struggles.This was a beautifully written story...the way that RL mixed in the elements of painting with the ups and downs of the Visser family. Furthermore, each character had such sharply defined personalities.. my favorite was Aletta..mostly for her quiet intensity and her stubbornness. I gave this novel 4 stars mainly because the poliical sections seemed to be so randomly thrown in. It didn't mix well with the subtle beauty of the original story and I was thrown off at the end. Still, a lovely read and I plan on picking up her others soon.

  • Carrie
    2019-01-22 00:16

    A book of historical fiction, similar to "girl in hyacinth blue" and "girl with a Pearl Earring," it chooses as its heroine, a young female artist taken as an apprentice to Jan Vermeer during a turbulent time in Dutch History.Full of art, music, political intrigue, villians and great love this book set in 17th century Holland refers to the Political ambitions of Louie IV, and the masters of Florence Italy.At some point (200 pages in) i lost track of time and found myself curious about the tulip fields in Holland and the historical streets of Amsterdam... I will surely have it in my mind when i see it for myself.Most true in the book is a note on page 287: " Lovers are fortunate when they are friends as well...." and to not take for granted a single moment with those you love.Author: Rosalind LakerThree Rivers Press2007P.556

  • Adenike Adebiyi
    2018-12-30 00:21

    I picked up The Golden Tulip by Rosalind Laker at an airport in Denver on December 1, 2007, not wanting to waste my time dozing off on a subsequent flight. The color and title of the book initially drew me to the book, and then when I learnt that the book was about a painter, I became more interested.Karen Harper, author of The Last Boleyn, which I haven’t read, remarks that The Golden Tulip is richly reminiscent of Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with A Pearl Earring. The settings in The Golden Tulip and Girl with a Pearl Earring have common elements - yes. But I think The Golden Tulip is more reminiscent of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Ludolf immediately reveals himself as a solipsist, and it is amazing to see the lengths to which he would go to have what he wishes. But I don’t know what to make of Hendrick. He is a pompous idiot at the very least.Of all the characters, perhaps the one who moves my heart the most is Aletta.

  • Kathleen DuVall
    2019-01-01 02:10

    I'm not sure why it took me so long to get through this book as I truly enjoyed it. Having been to Amsterdam I felt that she brought the city and it's inhabitants to life. While I wasn't there in the 1600s, it seemed that the language and the settings that she used made it really feel like I was there in a time gone by. As for the characters, I enjoyed the difference between the sisters and the color that they brought to the story by those differences. Each sister's attributes gave important characteristics to the story line that help meld everything together. Jan Vermeer also played a role in this novel and as always, I love when authors pull real historical characters into the plot. With an artist, naming the paintings done at the time allows me to look them up and experience the story with an understanding of what that painter accomplished. In this book, she pull many of his famous paintings into the plot and seeing them made it more real.

  • Kerri
    2019-01-24 02:10

    Overall, I enjoyed this book. The main character, Francesca, was a true heroine, with interests and intelligence and love. I had problems with some of the narrative though. For example, at the beginning of the novel, we are introduced to her aunt, who leaves to marry quite suddenly...so I am left to wonder why we were introduced to this character at all. It also took me a while to get engrossed in the novel, but once I did, I became thoroughly involved with the characters. I did notice, however, that when a character became in love, their love was always the purest kind of love, which seemed unrealistic. I also thought the epilogue was rather rushed. So all in all, I would say 3 1/2 stars because I became truly involved in the world of art and the world of this family.