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New York, 1924. Twenty‑four‑year‑old Jenny Bell is one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious artists’ colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid distractions and romantic entanglements and take full advantage of the many wonders to be found at Laurelton Hall. But Jenny’s past has followed her to Long Island. Images of her beloved mother, her hard-hearted stepfather, waterfalls, and murder, and the dank hallways of Canada’s notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women overwhelm Jenny’s thoughts, even as she is inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany’s charismatic grandson. As the summer shimmers on, and the competition between the artists grows fierce as they vie for a spot at Tiffany’s New York gallery, a series of suspicious and disturbing occurrences suggest someone knows enough about Jenny’s childhood trauma to expose her.
This book is so gorgeous inside and out. Set during the Jazz Age with a backdrop of New York’s roaring 1920s, we follow twenty-four-year-old Jenny Bell. Jenny has had a difficult, tumultuous past but eventually makes her way to Manhattan to study art. She befriends another artist and socialite, Minx, and unbeknownst to Jenny submits both of their work for a fellowship with the Tiffany Foundation. Jenny and Minx are accepted and invited to spend eight weeks at Laurelton Hall in Long Island, the home of Louis Comfort Tiffany, design director of Tiffany & Co. This artist colony is known as “a paradise of light and color, art and nature” so of course Jenny accepts the invitation. But does Jenny’s dark past come back to haunt her?
If you enjoy historical fiction with vibrant settings, mystery, suspense, and romance, then this one is for you. You can always tell when an author is talented if she seamlessly weaves historical facts with beautiful fiction – and this one is superbly done. The character development is excellent and I really enjoyed following Jenny through this world of art. Everything from the stained glass, the descriptions of color, the beautiful designs, the fashion, the music, to the kaleidoscope of the art world – I felt like I was right there. Although, I should probably mention that I love stories set in the 1920s and I love stories that revolve around art so this one is definitely in my wheelhouse. I also love a good mystery and this one kept me flipping the pages. Alternating between past and present, I was completely wrapped up in this story. The rich, lush prose had me under a spell and I was mesmerized by the power of art and beauty. TIFFANY BLUES is a must read for anyone who loves fascinating historical settings.
My rating is 3.5 out of 5 stars!
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