Author: Jessie Burton
This book follows Petronella Oortman or Nella as she begins her married life in 17th Century Amsterdam to a wealthy and much older man, Johannes Brandt. Her expectations of married life are soon crashed as she has a rocky start with the members of her new household and her new husband isn’t as enthused about the marriage as she’d imagined. He instead gifts her a miniature of their home which she decides to furnish by contracting the services of a miniaturist.
Things start getting a little creepy when the parcels the miniaturist sends mirror what is actually happening in the Brandt household. Nella begins viewing the miniaturist as some sort of prophet because if miniatures start predicting the future who wouldn’t right? Creepy dolls aside, the book tackles issues that are common in the 21st century; sexuality, feminism and race. And I’m not sure what 17th century…
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