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The House of Fortune

by Jessie Burton


I don’t know about you but I loved The Miniaturist!  (Aside – it sold over a million copies and has been made into a miniseries that looks fabulous) It was dark and brooding with a very menacing thread running through it so I was thrilled to hear about the sequel, The House of Fortune.

Fast-forward eighteen years to Amsterdam in the early 1700’s.  Thea Brandt has just turned 18, she’s feisty and full of life unlike her home on Herengracht which is falling into disrepair as her father and aunt resort to selling off family heirlooms to keep the house.  Remember Nella?  She is Thea’s aunt and is desperate to save appearances and marry Theo off to guarantee their future.  No surprises – Thea has other ideas, most notably that she already knows who she’d like to marry!  Thea is the curious one in a house full of secrets….  why will no-one speak of her mother?  Why is their home infused in such misery?  Where are the miniature dolls coming from?  And who could possibly know their family secrets?

Beautifully written and engrossing with wonderfully evocative period detail, The House of Fortune is a story of fate, ambition, social conventions and expectations, secrets, heartache and dreams.  Personally I preferred The Miniaturist but the Guardian doesn’t agree:  In The House of Fortune, Burton has done that rare thing, following up a successful debut with a novel that is superior in both style and substance….A worthy sequel, mature and thoughtful  – The Guardian

Satisfying . . . a moving celebration of the possibilities for change and regeneration in life ― Sunday Times

Returning to the world of her bestselling The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton’s tale of a curious young woman in 18th-century Amsterdam finds her at the top of her game ― Observer

 Burton still has a way of drawing us into her world — she’s particularly adept at navigating between different points of view — and of giving us Old Amsterdam in all its luxurious severity – The New York Times

Elegant, atmospheric, compelling. I absolutely loved it — Marian Keyes

Listen to Jessie Burton telling us about her sequel in this three minute video

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