The Golden Tulip: A Novel

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Crown/Archetype, Nov 27, 2007 - Fiction - 446 pages
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Francesca’s father is a well-known painter in the bustling port city of Amsterdam; he is also a gambler. Though their household is in economic chaos, thankfully the lessons she learned in his studio have prepared her to study with Johannes Vermeer, the master of Delft.

When she arrives to begin her apprenticeship, Francesca is stunned to find rules, written in her father’s hand, insisting that she give up the freedoms she once enjoyed at home- including her friendship with Pieter van Doorne, a tulip merchant. Unaware of a terrible bargain her father has made against her future, Francesca pursues her growing affection for Pieter even as she learns to paint like Vermeer, in layers of light. As her talent blooms, “tulip mania” sweeps the land, and fortunes are being made on a single bulb. What seems like a boon for Pieter instead reveals the extent of the betrayal of Francesca’s father. And as the two learn the true nature of the obstacles in their path, a patron of Francesca’s father determines to do anything in his power to ensure she stays within the limits that have been set for her.

The Golden Tulip brings one of the most exciting periods of Dutch history alive, creating a page-turning novel that is as vivid and unforgettable as a Vermeer painting.


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Dutch painters, spies, tulips and romantic suspense. I liked this well enough, but I found myself skimming the text in some parts, so I had to rate it a little lower than I originally intended. Read full review

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A wonderful book about inspiration, dedication, and love. The historical signposts are notable. Great read! Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
39
Section 4
83
Section 5
105
Section 6
120
Section 7
144
Section 8
169
Section 12
344
Section 13
392
Section 14
416
Section 15
438
Section 16
463
Section 17
493
Section 18
527
Section 19
552

Section 9
198
Section 10
254
Section 11
281
Section 20
561
Section 21
565
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About the author (2007)

ROSALIND LAKER is the author of several novels, including To Dance with Kings and The Venetian Mask. She lives in England.


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