By Simone van der Vlugt
From Simone Van Der Vlugt comes her ecu bestselling novel of a tender woman's upward push as a painter in Holland's Golden Age—perfect for readers of The Miniaturist, Tulip Fever, and Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Amsterdam 1654: opposed to the backdrop of Holland's Golden Age, a deadly mystery threatens to damage a tender widow's new lifestyles.
Following the unexpected loss of life of her husband, twenty-five-year previous Catrin leaves her small village and takes a role as a housekeeper to the profitable Van Nulandt service provider kin. Amsterdam is a urban on the top of its powers: technological know-how and paintings are flourishing within the Golden Age and Dutch ships convey again unique riches from the a long way East. Madam Van Nulandt passes her time taking dear portray classes from an area grasp, Rembrandt van Rigin, and whilst Catrin takes up a broom to complete a few of her mistress's paintings, Rembrandt realizes the maid has actual expertise, and encourages her to proceed.
When a determine from her previous threatens her new lifestyles, Catrin flees to the smaller urban of Delft. There, her reward as a painter earns her an opportunity to make cash portray pottery at an area workshop. Slowly, the workshop starts off to strengthen a brand new form of pottery to rival fancy blue-on-white imported chinese language porcelain—and the sleek and coveted Delft Blue designs she creates support revolutionize the undefined. but if tragedy moves, Catrin needs to come to a decision even if to safeguard her newfound independence, or go back to the village that she'd fled.