M.J. Rose is one of my favorite authors. Her blend of the mystical and the historical has always left me thinking long after I’ve finished one of her books. Her latest, Tiffany Blues, circles around one of my favorite talents – Louis Comfort Tiffany. I thank Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for arranging a copy for me at no charge for my honest review. 1
About Tiffany Blues:
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Hardcover & eBook; 336 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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.
About the Author:
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.
I believe this is my sixth novel by Ms. Rose. Of all her books it was the least mystical but it did include a visit with one of my favorite artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany. If you have never seen one of his originals it is worth the effort. The man was a magician with glass.
Tiffany Blues weaves fact and fiction together with the story of two young artists; Jenny and Minx who are selected to attend one of Mr. Tiffany’s retreats at his magnificent home, Laurelton Hall. Jenny is running from a past that she wants to forget but it keeps making itself known while she is there and she doesn’t understand how or why. Are the ghosts of her past speaking to her to warn her or is it something more sinister?
This was a book rich in descriptions and color. Ms. Rose is a master of creating a place and a mood. Laurelton Hall did exist and it was apparently quite the showplace. It no longer exists but I felt like I was walking through it’s halls and grounds as I read this book. From the description of the art, stained glass and gardens I could see the colors and the light play was so big a part of Tiffany’s art. Not to mention the peacocks – I could imagine the peacocks walking around the grounds.
This is the power of Ms. Rose’s writing.
The plot of this one was solid but since it didn’t have the mystical elements of the other books I found that I missed that little bit of otherworldliness that I look forward to in an M.J. Rose book. Don’t get me wrong – it was a very good story and I did enjoy it. But in all of the other tales from Ms. Rose there was a bit of magick. That is what I missed.
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