Introducing my second guest blogger – my cousin, Monica! She is an English student at the University of Leicester and she has kindly written a book share post for me.
She calls herself a “stereotypical boring English student”, but I’m sure that’s not true – let us all enjoy her post below! ♥
If you are a keen reader like me, you would understand how rare it is to come across a mind-blowingly good book. Finished reading Jessie Burton‘s The Miniaturist yesterday night, I feel the need to share it immediately.
On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office–leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.
But Nella’s life changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist–an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways…
Johannes’s gift helps Nella pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand–and fear–the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation…or the architect of their destruction?
Enchanting, beautifully written, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
Being a historical fiction, I did not expect much from The Miniaturist at first. To be honest, I bought it merely because of its pretty book cover and the amount of praises it received. The rich historical background reflects the prerequisite importance of morality, religion and perhaps wealth to people back in 17th century Amsterdam, yet it simultaneously depicts human nature’s scrutiny and conspiracy towards others which bequeath to modern days. The book is an eerie, suspenseful, captivating page-turner that you surely would not be able to put down.
As I mentioned before Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus is my favourite book of all-time, I have to say The Miniaturist is in par with (or even better) than it. I have never found myself heartfelt tearing while reading. This book has given me streamy eyes at quite a few occasions.
It is rare to find books that are so beautifully written especially with such bewitching, alluring words nowadays. It has expanded my vocabulary bank massively and endeavoured me to reflect on myself.
Hereby, my favourite quote of the book –
– Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist
p.s. If you have any book recommendation of similar brilliance, please let me know.♡