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The House of Fortune (The Miniaturist, 2)

By Jessie Burton

“A beautifully written and wholly engrossing tale. New readers will be delighted that they can enjoy this book without having read the first one, but they'll probably seek it out to spend a bit more time in Burton's magical Amsterdam.” ―library journal


“Jessie Burton is a master storyteller who brings 18th century Amsterdam to life. I felt I was in the city with Thea and Nella, and I felt for them as the chasm between the two widened. The cost of keeping secrets and the danger of not being able to communicate with those closest to us thrums through this exquisite page-turner.” ―Janet Skeslien Charles, New York Times bestselling author of THE PARIS LIBRARY


“A more than worthy sequel to ">The Miniaturist. Elegant, atmospheric, compelling. I absolutely loved it.” ―">Marian Keyes, New York Times bestselling author of THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE SKY and AGAIN, RACHEL


“The most beautiful book you'll read this year. A spectacular achievement, this glittering glass bauble of brilliance, the story of Thea, will break your heart and put it back together again. Capturing how it was to be eighteen with such acuity and grace, I believed I was there again. Thought "The Miniaturist was the end of the story? Think again. Shining, sinuous, truly a marvel.” ―">Kate Williams, New York Times bestselling author of BECOMING QUEEN VICTORIA


“captivating . . . the vibrant period detail, the characters' vibrant inner lives, and Thea's fulfilling journey to maturity make for a winning combination. Readers will relish the return of Nella and her world.” ―">Publisher's Weekly


“">The House of Fortune is a book of beauty and insight: Burton's ability to meld a deep understanding of human nature with pitch-perfect historical detail is awe-inspiring. I turned the final page feeling moved, satisfied and sad to leave the characters (and Lucas the cat) behind. Burton is a master storyteller, with an uncanny knack for scene-setting and atmosphere. I felt I could see, smell, live and breathe every page. ">The House of Fortune is a delight for anyone who is about to read it.” ―">Elizabeth Day, author of HOW TO FAIL and THE PARTY


“I was absolutely swept away by this exquisite and propulsive novel. I found the world so meticulously crafted and the vibrant cast of characters so alluring that I entered a divine fictional dream, bewitched by Burton's deft narrative hand. A thrilling book of depth that examines the weight of family secrets and what it means to break free of the past and step into one's light. Magical and suspenseful, this epic tale felt written in the stars long ago. The kind of book that makes you feel lucky to hold it in your hands.” ―">Chelsea Bieker, author of GODSHOT and HEARTBROKE