I had heard a lot of good things about this book before getting my hands on it. I was not disappointed, to be honest. A very interesting book, full of surprises and secrets.
It’s a book that looks into the new life of Nella Brandt – a Dutch young woman who moves to her new home in Amsterdam. She enters a new world, a new society, a new way of doing things she thought were so simple.
Her wedding gift is very interesting and amazes her and the reader as well. It’s very interesting to see how she adapts to the new environment and how fast she understands she needs to change.
“It is not a man she married, but a world.”
The book has a great rhythm and pace to it. It shows the world from the inside. Amsterdam and its secrets. Nella learns to have an open mind and adapt and not to judge too fast. The book is about learning to accept what life gives you and make it your own.
The city is amazing, filled with power, money, and all kinds of people. Also, religion plays a great part of course, as the events happen in the 1680s.
We have surprises arise from other surprises and see how determined women make the best of the situation at hand and how they adapt and move forward in life.
Even though the end was a bit anticlimactic, we cannot hold that against the book. It is beautifully written and the events unfold in a very neat way. I liked it a lot. It makes you think and wonder about how people learn to adapt, or not, and how the world can turn its back in a quick second. Interesting by all means.
This was Jessie Burton‘s debut novel and I can’t wait to see how The Muse, her latest one, turned out, too.