It was totally busy weekend for me, since I had so many errands to look into. I must apologies for not writing the Saturday Evening Tea post yesterday. On a lovely Sunday like this, I was able to complete another great book, which I borrowed from the library. So, here I am with the review.
A tale of art, beauty, lust, greed, deception and retribution — set in a refined society ablaze with tulip fever.
In 1630s Amsterdam, tulipomania has seized the populace. Everywhere men are seduced by the fantastic exotic flower. But for wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort, it is his young and beautiful wife, Sophia, who stirs his soul. She is the prize he desires, the woman he hopes will bring him the joy that not even his considerable fortune can buy.
Cornelis yearns for an heir, but so far he and Sophia have failed to produce one. In a bid for immortality, he commissions a portrait of them both by the talented young painter Jan van Loos. But as Van Loos begins to capture Sophia’s likeness on canvas, a slow passion begins to burn between the beautiful young wife and the talented artist.
As the portrait unfolds, so a slow dance is begun among the household’s inhabitants. Ambitions, desires, and dreams breed a grand deception–and as the lies multiply, events move toward a thrilling and tragic climax. (from Goodreads)
Quite a different story, which I am glad that I picked up from the library aisles. As mentioned in the Goodreads Synopsis the story is all about love, lust, art and greed. A woman can change the life of a man towards good or bad, that is what my mum use to tell me. Well, mum, this story proves your words.
The female protagonist of our story is, Sophia. She is quite happily married to old Cornelius, a wealthy businessman. Life at her residence starts to be in turmoil on the day her husband brings in an artist to portray them in canvas. Jan, the artist makes Sophia tempted to fall in love. Things between Sophia and Cornelius suddenly takes a turn. Sophia’s treacherous behavior makes her pay from her dear life, but not alone, but by ruining the lives of two other men.
As always, the special characteristics that I found in the story are as follows;
- I found the story fascinating, even though the plot was a bit common.
- The setting of the story, Amsterdam in 1630, was another important reason, why I love the story. The past was beautifully presented to the future.
- Though the female protagonist, Sophia was cunning and treacherous from her behavior, I felt a wave of sympathy towards her for being so. I feel that, she had her own reasons to fall in love with Jan because, she was married to an elderly man, due to so many problems that her family had to face.
- The bible quotes, extractions rom books that are given before each chapter was a wonderful idea. End of each chapter, you feel that these quotes are totally related to the part of the story.
- Sophia and Jan’s lives connected with the new tulipmania and the way things starts going towards destruction is well written.
- The end of the story proves us that, “What you saw, you shall reap”. In the end, Sophia pays the price for her treacherous behavior, and also by ruining the lives of Cornelius and Jan.
I really want to talk more about this book, but I am going o stop from here, if not I am sure you guys will be bored to death!! 😉
If you have read this book, do not forget to comment your thoughts and ideas. Hope you enjoyed.
Until next post,