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Girl with a Pearl Earring
Girl with a Pearl Earring | Tracy Chevalier
The New York Times bestselling novel by the author of Remarkable Creatures and The Last Runaway Translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, starring Scarlett Johanson and Colin FirthTracy Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly-imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings. History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius . . . even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.
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Cathythoughts
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Mehso-so

We had this for our Bookclub last night. I love the painting. I loved the idea for the book , the relationship between 16 year old beautiful Griet and Vermeer. There was something in the tone of the book , all the time he spent alone with her and studying her , that I didn‘t like , that turned me off the book. I don‘t know if I liked her writing all that much. Still, a brilliant idea to write a story about.

batsy I read it soon after it came out and remember really liking it, but that was over 20 years ago and I'll probably feel different now. I love the painting, too 💜 2w
batsy (And oh yes, the movie had Cillian Murphy in it 😍😂) 2w
Cathythoughts @batsy Oh I loved the movie ❤️ your Cillian was in it 🥰. I preferred the movie ! 2w
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batsy @Cathythoughts Yes, the movie was better than the book I think 😊 2w
Cathythoughts @batsy You might be slightly biased there ( Cillian ❤️) … joking 😂 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts Wellllll... He improves everything, I admit 💓😂🤐 2w
LeahBergen I second everything @batsy said! 😆 2w
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen oh yes , yourself and @batsy have it bad for Cillian ❤️❤️ ( he‘s from Cork , my friend knows his mother .. I‘ve probably mentioned this a thousand times 🙈🤣 2w
Tamra Oh, I so love Vermeer‘s work. Too bad. 2w
Cathythoughts @Tamra well you might like it , most of my Bookclub thought highly of it. The author says her intention is that people will become interested in Vermeer and study his work ❤️ a good intention. After our discussion I felt I should try again ( but I won‘t just now 😁 too many books … 2w
Tamra @Cathythoughts indeed so many! 2w
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lonelybluenights
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Haven‘t read this book since high school. Excited to reread some of my favorites from then. 🎨

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PhyllisH
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Pickpick

I liked this book. I‘m looking forward to watching the movie and comparing the two.

Cathythoughts I loved the movie ❤️( havnt read the book ) 7mo
PhyllisH @Cathythoughts Great! I‘m glad you enjoyed the movie. 😁 👍🏻👍🏻 7mo
tpixie @PhyllisH @Cathythoughts I‘ve just started the book and then hope to watch the movie as well 4w
PhyllisH @tpixie Enjoy 😁 4w
tpixie @PhyllisH 💙🥰💙 4w
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Ast_Arslan
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I'm going to have a long train ride... so I guess this book will keep me company from the beginning 'till the end 🤟🏻🚉

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Ast_Arslan
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.

Day 123th

Join the fun if you want!

#tbrpile

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Tattooedteacher
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#movie2bookrecs @Klou Never read the book, but I‘ll be watching the movie tonight.

jewright I really liked the book. 10mo
marleed I liked the book door. Fascinating to look at famous paintings and build your own story around it! 10mo
Klou I hope you enjoy the movie! 10mo
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Sharpeipup
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Ever get so distracted by a book that you mindlessly eat half a watermelon?!?!? 🍉

Luckily it‘s a short book. 😂😂

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perfectsinner
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Mehso-so

Interesting

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perfectsinner
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Going in a new direction

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KimberlyJuracich
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Pickpick

Okay I enjoyed it. It is not a book that is something you will want to read every year or probably make it to your favorites pile for life but I liked it and I think it deserves a read.

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dainarmb
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Pickpick

I just finished this historical fiction novel about the maid that inspired Vermeer's most celebrated portrait. I liked it, but IDK if I liked it enough to keep it on my shelves... per Litsy's rating system, it was better than 'so-so.'

Have you read this? Do you think I should keep it on my shelves?

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kellock
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Pickpick

I enjoyed it but not quite what I was expecting. I thought there would be more a relationship between Griet and Vermeer. Still, it was a nice read.

Andrew65 I enjoyed this too. I also enjoyed her book 2y
kellock I've read another 3 of her books but not this one. I've stacked it for later, cheers. 2y
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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

Not entirely sure I understand what all the hype was about. This was fine but I didn‘t find anything special in it.

Lcsmcat I‘m with you. Her books are ok, but not great. 2y
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kellock
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Next up. Might even get it finished before the end of my holiday.

Cathythoughts I loved this movie ❤️ 2y
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WellReadCatLady
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Book club book for this month. Not something I would typically read but the ladies in the club love historical fiction.

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Lizzy83
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I tagged the book #girlwiththepearlearring because it's the book that made me fall in love with Amsterdam, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt. I was just 15 at the time. 💕 This picture taken in June 2019, 20 years later I finally visited Amsterdam 😍. Most importantly #CuypersLibrary in the #rijksmuseum. That's me👆looking around in wonder. Best experience ever.

MynameisSnow Totally going to read it now, never read anything set in Amsterdam 💕 2y
Lizzy83 I hope you will at least enjoy it. @MynameisSnow 2y
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MrBook
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4/4 😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 😺 #LitsyHumor 😺

AllieLovesBooks Stop it! Hahaha 2y
izah.ahmad 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Bette Purrfect, ❤️ 2y
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misati
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Pickpick

Griet : H-
Maria Thins: Uuumm let me light this cigar chiiile

Quick read, interesting. 8/10

Cathythoughts I loved the movie . Still havnt read it though 2y
misati @Cathythoughts didn‘t know there was a movie let me find it! 2y
Cathythoughts I hope you can find it , it was very good ❤️👍🏻 2y
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crazyspine
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Pickpick

This was not what I expected at all at all but it was good. I was hoping to watch the movie but I couldn't find it streaming for free anywhere.

misati It was a good read but I had expected more for sure. 2y
crazyspine @misati yeah I agree it was a good read for right now since I didn't have to think too much. 2y
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marleed
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The creation of color in the 1600s must have been fascinating and it‘s fun to imagine what might have been the story in famous paintings. ...I lived 2 blocks from a major art museum for 5 years while neighbor was an artist and retired art teacher. I had so much fun joining her on frequent museum visits as though . I had my own personal tutor where together we would imagine our own stories of why.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️ 2y
marleed @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I couldn‘t resist! 2y
Catherine_Willoughby Must get this book 2y
allureofbeauty One of my favorite books. 2y
Eggs Great photo❣️ I love Chevalier 2y
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jfount
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Not for me. Maybe I was a little colored by having read the (much inferior) Miniaturist? The weird sexual tension between Griet and Vermeer never made sense to me, and therefore none of the other tensions in the story, I think. It probably doesn‘t help that the titular painting is not one that particularly interests me.

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Eggs
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🎨 2y
Victoria_Clyne I read a book years ago called Vermeer's hat and it took an object out a Vermeer painting and traced how those sort of objects arrived in Holland. It was fascinating. 2y
Eggs Interesting! @Victoria_Clyne 2y
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Sha0102
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JessClark78
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Pickpick

This was a beautifully written story. I especially liked the details of the actual painting process. Fantastic book. Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Curiouser_and_curiouser Ooohhh, looking forward to this one, it's on my TBR for this year! 2y
ljuliel This is the second book of hers I‘ve seen mentioned in here this morning. Looks like I need to hunt her up ! 2y
Crazeedi I've had my eye on this one for quite some time! 2y
Blaire I read this right after I graduated from college. Sat in an empty apartment in Washington DC and read it in one sitting. A favorite reading memory. 2y
JessClark78 @Blaire I love when books bring back good memories. 🙂 2y
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Cathythoughts
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#MOvember #Masterpiece this one comes to mind .. I did not read , but loved the movie. I then read At The Edge of The Orchard & did not like it. I like this painting

MrsMalaprop Really liked this book when I read it many years ago. 2y
Cinfhen Great choice!! I tried reading tagged book but it wasn‘t grabbing my attention but the painting is wonderful 💛 2y
batsy Nice one! I remember liking the book, but this is yet another one read aaaages ago. Of course the highlight of the movie for me was the two seconds of Cillian Murphy 😂 2y
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Eggs Great book 2y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @batsy ❤️one of these years I‘ll bump into Cillian & get that autograph for you 🤞🏻 2y
Cathythoughts @Eggs 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @MrsMalaprop 👍🏻❤️ 2y
batsy @Cathythoughts 😘😘 2y
Andrew65 I thought about this one too. 2y
Cathythoughts @Andrew65 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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Libby1
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At the Vermeer Centre in Delft a number of contemporary artists have reimagined The Girl with a Pearl Earring.

This portrait, to me, was the most striking. She is instantly recognisable in her look and posture. It‘s as if Vermeer captured something universal.

Apologies for the strange light on the picture. It was truly beautiful.

Hooked_on_books Wow, that‘s so arresting! 3y
batsy That's stunning. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Certainly striking! 👍 3y
LapReader I like the light. 3y
Come-read-with-me @Libby1 This is simply breathtaking. Thank you for sharing. 3y
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Libby1
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Hello from #Delft !

This mosaic is in the Market area (Markt) near the Vermeer Centre.

batsy I love that 😍 3y
Tanisha_A Love it 3y
mrp27 😍😍😍 3y
Libby1 @batsy , @Tanisha_A , @mrp27 - you see her all over the place here. Lovely. 3y
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princesspeanutsmommy
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Current audiobook

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JulietReads
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2
7 days, 7 covers you love, no explanation. Try to tag someone new each day.

Tag, you're it. 🖐 @quietjenn

Buechersuechtling I only know the film 🎞 but loved it. 😍 3y
SW-T 😊😊😊 3y
quietjenn Ok! But I probably won't start until Sunday because I'm traveling to a wedding tomorrow. 3y
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perfectsinner
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Used book haul #4

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EmilieGR
Pickpick

Quiet, small, but a gem

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Bkwrm7
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Book: Girl with a Pearl Earring - set in Holland which is known for its tulips
Movie: My Fair Lady because Eliza sells flowers
Song: Tiptoe Through the Tulips
#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 💚🌷💚 3y
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bookscafe
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Pickpick

Nice sale at my local library. Can't wait to dig in.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖 3y
Crazeedi Nice book haul! Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉 3y
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xxjenadanxx Score!! Welcome to Litsy! 3y
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3y
Eggs Nice haul! Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌸 3y
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tracydishman17
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23/70

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kbibliophilific
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In the first few pages I believe I‘ll already love this book

Buechersuechtling I‘m pretty sure I saw the film years ago – but … Did I ever read the book❓ Hmmm. 🤔 No, I don‘t think so … 3y
AvidReader25 I loved her Falling Angels even more! 3y
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euphemy
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Mehso-so

This was just so so for me. I liked the setting but disliked how she kept calling the head of the house 'him' and how every man was always staring at her.

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VictoriaB
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A fictional account of how the painting came about. I was hoping for more historical accuracy, but after a little research I was surprised to find out how very little is known about Vermeer. I enjoyed the glimpse into the daily life of Delft at that time, but I found Griet‘s character to be a little flat. Though I might be the same way if I had as few choices about the direction of my life as she had.

Samplergal I enjoyed this book as well as the film. 3y
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Amie
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Started this on audio but I don't like narrator. It's in 1st person and the audio narrator is using a voice that makes the main character sound younger than she actually is (16), and her voices for the other characters are not very distinct and oddly flat and without expression. Going to have to switch to reading it on my Kindle.

BarbaraJean Ugh, I hate it when it‘s a bad narrator! This is such a good book, too! 4y
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MaggieCarr
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Mehso-so

Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl, who becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm and perceptive manner not only helps her in her household duties, but also attracts Vermeer's attention. He slowly draws her into the world of his paintings and ultimately has her sit for him as a model.

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Kalalalatja
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Mehso-so

While I enjoyed spending time in the City of Delft, I did not enjoy the company of my travelling buddies much. I found it hard to find positive characteristics, and especially the Vermeer family was a struggle to be with! Would you believe, one of the children even stole my passport, so now I have to stay here till Monday when I can get a new one 🙄

The story could have been great, but Chevalier‘s style is just not for me

#BackpackEurope

hilded Too bad about the passport 😥😂 4y
mabell Dang it! Those scamps! I'm sorry they've delayed your travel plans! 4y
KellyHunsakerReads I hope you can at least enjoy the sights without the rude people in tow! 4y
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Kalalalatja
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#HowDoUWantIt? Lying down or sitting up, fast paced or slow, inside or outside, new or old, I like my books any way I can get them 👌

#HeatofJuly

BarbaraBB Haha, my dirty mind thought: what is she talking about?! 😂😂 4y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB HA! I hadn‘t thought of that before 😂😂😂😂 4y
GypsyKat Your shelves are beautiful! 4y
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Kalalalatja
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I have spent the morning cleaning my apartment, and now I‘m so ready for some lunch time reading 👌

This is my book for the Netherlands for #BackpackEurope, and I‘m excited about “visiting” this country through this book!

Libby1 It will make you want to visit Delft. It is one of my favourite places. 💙 4y
Zelma Whatever you‘re eating looks fresh and delicious! 4y
Kalalalatja @Zelma it was great! Just a bowl filled with couscous and baked vegetables. Simple and tasty 👌 @Libby1 I can see why! The City sounds wonderful! 4y
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JessClark78
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Currently reading. Great book so far. Love the writing.

WhiskeyMistress Love this book! 4y
ferskner So much atmosphere! I should reread it. 4y
PenguinInFlight One of my absolute faves! 😍😍 4y
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CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 4y
lute I read it a while ago but I remember really liking it! 4y
Cathythoughts I loved the movie ... must read the book 📚👍🏻 4y
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Dogearedcopy
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Many years ago, I read & loved ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring,‘ the hist-fic/novel about the girl in Vermeer‘s arguably most famous painting.

Since then, whenever I‘m in a city that has Vermeer paintings exhibited in their museums/galleries, I make a point of visiting those paintings. The Frick Collection & The Met (Museum on 5th Ave) in NYC see me return year after year to “touch base” & get grounded before the week of insanity that follows!

CherylSwafford This movie is also very good and stars Iris Johansson 👍 4y
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clconn17
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I really enjoyed this. Can‘t wait to watch the movie now! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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TheBookKeepers
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As an art enthusiast myself I wanted more of Vermeer‘s character than what was provided.

I wept for Agnes & that was the deepest emotion the author wrenched from me. Everything else was just so-so. It may be my feministic nature, but I didn‘t understand the allure for Vermeer & couldn‘t understand their sexual tension. The cover on my edition also suggested a much more risqué tale than what I received. A short? & good palette cleanser. 3.5 ⭐️

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TheBookKeepers
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So far this book is a delightful read 💙 a little over half way through! #qotd #thebookkeepers #quotesoflitsy

Louise I loved this book! Couldn't put it down! Ended up reading through the night with a bottle of eye drops beside me! 🤓 4y
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