I would first like to thank Amy at Virtual book tours and Net galley for letting me be apart of this blog tour. The story takes place in the early part of the 20th century. Jenny Bell is a burgeoning artist with a tragic past that she is desperately trying to keep under wraps.
She is given the chance to study at the Laurelton Institute, where she meets her idol Mr. Tiffany. She also finds love, and is forced to confront her past.
My emotions were all over the place with this book. At times I was feeling happy, furious, anxious, full of hope.
I thought the story was very well written. The pacing of it was just right. The story was not slow, but neither was it fast either. Another thing I liked about this story was how descriptive it was. Considering that the characters were artist and the plot talked about art. I thought this was kind of fitting.
My favorite character was the main character Jenny. It was her voice that was consistent throughout the story. I felt like I got to know her more then the other characters in this. So her motivations throughout the story was more easy to pin point then the other characters. At times Jenny had trouble in trusting herself and other people. I think this is perfectly understandable given her past.
I love the relationship between her and Oliver. I thought that the relationship was good for Jenny over all. I think that stagnant would be the perfect word describe her. He was able to get her to open up more. He motivated her to go outside her comfort zone on certain things. I think that the relationship helped form the woman she would become in the future.
Over all, I thought this story was very good. I would give this a 5 stars easy. M.J. Rose is a new author for me, so I can safely say that I will be looking at more of her books.
About the Author
New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.