Midnight Blue by Simone van der Vlugt is a fictional book set in the mid-1600s, Holland. Ms. van der Vlugt is a Dutch writer known for historical fiction for young adults.
The publisher is giving away one (1) copy of this book – enter via the rafflecoper form at the end of the post.
- 336 pages
- Publisher: Harper Collins
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008212104
Midnight Blue by Simone van der Vlugt is an easy read, an engaging story which doesn’t take much effort but very enjoyable. I enjoyed learning about 17th Century Netherlands, even though some of the phrasing seemed odd but I will choke that up to the translation.
I thought many of the characters, especially the protagonist, Catrin, acted in a way which I would not have thought women in the mid-1600s acted. The little art history and guest appearances by famous Dutch artists of the time were interesting, and a wink towards modern day readers who know the future success of those struggling.
I thought that this was a lovely book which doesn’t pretend to be what it isn’t. This is a small story about a short period in Dutch history while their famous pottery is becoming prevalent, figuring out how to match quality with imports while making it their own.
Catrin, a young widow leaves her small Dutch village to get away from gossip and look for better job prospects. Catrin finds a job in the house of a rich merchant and through a series of lucky breaks she manages to get a job using her artistic talent during the starting stages of Dutch blue and white pottery.
Giveaway ends: July 06, 2018
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