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Publisher's Summary

An international best seller with over two million copies sold, this is a story of an artist's desire for beauty and the ultimate corruption of innocence.

17th Century Holland. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer in the town of Delft, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry and the care of his six children. But as she becomes part of his world and his work, their growing intimacy spreads tension and deception in the ordered household and, as the scandal seeps out, into the town beyond.

Tracy Chevalier's extraordinary historical novel on the corruption of innocence and the price of genius is a contemporary classic.

©2006 Tracy Chevalier (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Intriguing story

A fascinating story about the artist Vermeer and how it came about that he painted the masterpiece of the girl with the petal earring. I loved every minute.

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Beautifully weaved story

It is always one of my favorite book, and the narrator made it even more vivid and touching. I like how the narrator changed her tone when different characters speak.
If you have no knowledge about Vermeer, Renaissance or the classic painting, you might think it is just another normal bitter love story. However, if you do, you will find it is very beautifully weaved into the painting and the time. It creates a tone, which is clam and romantic with a trace of melancholy.
I have to say Peter is actually my favorite character, he is smart, kind, handsome, hardworking and caring to young heroine, even sometimes she is very childish and annoying.
I strongly recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction or arts.

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Disappointed

I looked forward to this being a great story rich in history. However if failed all round. The story was weak. The interesting times and the potential for creating more detail was missing as far as the famous and subsequent characters were concerned. Could have been great but was lacking.