On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.
Nella's world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary
wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her
gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and
enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life
counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .
helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as
she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand-and fear-the
escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious
society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a
threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as
Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits
them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the
architect of their destruction?
Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth. From Goodreads.
When Nella gets married she expects a normal marriage but it is not to be as her husband has a major secret.
Nella is given a dolls-house, a copy of their home and starts to collect stuff for it. She orders some things from a miniaturist but what she gets are exact copies of the people and animals in the house. This is a extremely unhappy story, it is actually quite depressing but though it doesn't end happily either, it does end with a promise of a new beginning.
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