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Perhaps I should wait until I've finished this book - I'm just over half-way at the moment - but I'm wondering if anyone else here, having enjoyed 'The Miniaturist' was tempted to read this, her second novel. In 1960s London a painting is brought to a West End gallery for inspection and opinion. The setting then moves to Spain in 1936 and to Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer. The two main characters are Odelle Bastien, working at the London gallery after her first few years as a Trinidadian immigrant being employed in a Dolcis shoe shop, and the art dealer's daughter. I don't want to give up on the novel which does have some interesting characters and settings but I am more often than not putting it to one side and counting the pages that remain.
Newly-married 18 year-old Petronella (usually just Nella in the novel) comes to Amsterdam to live in her much older husband's splendid house. He is a rich merchant often abroad because of trading in the prosperous overseas dealings of late 17th century Holland. Nella's wedding gift is an expensive dolls house. In due course beautifully crafted miniatures arrive (anonymously) which, however admirable, also serve to disturb Nella. Her unmarried Calvinistic sister-in-law who manages the house and its occupants is also unfathomable. As is Nella's husband. As this book is a combination of mystery/thriller and historical fiction I didn't know quite where to place it on the site. All I do know is that Jessie Burton has done her research well on the era and writes good prose. I felt very involved with the story and couldn't wait to pick it up every day.