The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

Post by Kyla from the Local Studies library.


This book was selected from the library shelves because of its cover.  If you’re someone who loves miniatures, it’s impossible to walk past a book with an antique dollhouse on the cover.

Amsterdam of the 1680s is brought to life as Nella Oortman arrives in her affluent home to gradually discover that married life with the new husband she has met once and his sister is not as she expected.

Weaving historical detail with the fictional story of a young bride and a mystery (or two) in her new household, this was both a very enjoyable and surprising weekend read. A strange mix of loyalty, love and discovery weaves its way through out the book.

If you love a dash of history, mystery and doll houses this will surprise and, possibly, intrigue you.

It’s also a great companion to the range of books that contain images of the fabulous dollhouses that survive from this period. Including the doll house that really did belong to a lady named Pertronella Oortman.