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Reviews ~ The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton Published: January 1, 2014 Publisher: Picador Genre: Fiction/Historical/Magical Realism/Bookclub How Did I Get It? I participated Secret Book Valentine on tumblr, and this was gift from my Secret Book Valentine, amusingnickname. My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . . Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand-and fear-the escalating dangers …