I've heard wonderful things about M.J. Rose's books and although her other books did not appeal to me this one did. The setting and the topic of art drew me in immediately. As did that stunning cover. Check out my review and enter to win a gorgeous Tiffany glass paperweight!
Book Title: Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose
Category: Adult Fiction, 336 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Atria Books
Release date: Aug 7, 2018
Tour dates: Aug 6 to Sept 7, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (deals with spousal abuse, drug use and there are a few sex scenes, not too explicit)
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.
Supported by her closest friend Minx Deering, a seemingly carefree socialite yet dedicated sculptor, and Oliver, Jenny pushes her demons aside. Between stolen kisses and stolen jewels, the champagne flows and the jazz plays on until one moonless night when Jenny’s past and present are thrown together in a desperate moment, that will threaten her promising future, her love, her friendships, and her very life.
Jenny Bell grew up in Hamilton Canada. She had a wonderful relationship with her mother who taught her to love painting. Their happy life changes when her mother marries a man who turns out to be abusive and a violent act changes everything for them. Jenny's past is revealed in layers and in flashbacks. She is now a grown, independent woman making her way in the art world, but she is still broken inside. When she and best friend Minx are accepted to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious retreat for artists, Jenny find a mentor who becomes a pivotal force in her life.
In the lush, gorgeous setting of Laurelton Hall, Jenny falls in love with Oliver, but someone knows about Jenny's past and wants to use this against her. The ending was bittersweet for me, but ultimately satisfying. I liked Jenny as a character. She was loyal, self-sacrificing, resilient and fiercely independent. The author brought to life the stunning gardens and grounds of Laurelton Hall as well as Tiffany's glass artistry. It was obvious the author researched this topic well and her love of art shines in this novel.
If you love 20th-century historical fiction, the art world, the jazz era and a well-written story with beautiful descriptions and strong female characters, then you will enjoy Tiffany Blues.
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Thanks to the publisher for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.
New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.
Rose’s work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the ’80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors – Authorbuzz.com
Her most recent novel THE LIBRARY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW (Atria/S&S) was chosen as an Indie Next Pick.
The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose’s novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers.
Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield.
For more information, please visit her website and her blog, Museum of Mysteries. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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