The New York Times bestselling author of The Library of Light and Shadow crafts a dazzling Jazz Age jewel—a novel of ambition, betrayal, and passion about a young painter whose traumatic past threatens to derail her career at a prestigious summer artists’ colony run by Louis Comfort Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. fame. “[M.J. Rose] transports the reader into the past better than a time machine could accomplish” (The Associated Press).
New York, 1924. Twenty‑four‑year‑old Jenny Bell is one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious artists’ colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid distractions and romantic entanglements and take full advantage of the many wonders to be found at Laurelton Hall.
But Jenny’s past has followed her to Long Island. Images of her beloved mother, her hard-hearted stepfather, waterfalls, and murder, and the dank hallways of Canada’s notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women overwhelm Jenny’s thoughts, even as she is inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany’s charismatic grandson.
As the summer shimmers on, and the competition between the artists grows fierce as they vie for a spot at Tiffany’s New York gallery, a series of suspicious and disturbing occurrences suggest someone knows enough about Jenny’s childhood trauma to expose her.
Supported by her closest friend Minx Deering, a seemingly carefree socialite yet dedicated sculptor, and Oliver, Jenny pushes her demons aside. Between stolen kisses and stolen jewels, the champagne flows and the jazz plays on until one moonless night when Jenny’s past and present are thrown together in a desperate moment, that will threaten her promising future, her love, her friendships, and her very life.
My thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for providing an advanced reader’s copy of this book to me. Opinions expressed in the review are mine.
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Review of Tiffany Blues
Three things drew me to read this book: the author M. J. Rose, the setting during the Jazz Age, and the inclusion of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall as an artist camp. Add to these my love of historical fiction and you have a recipe for an enjoyable read.
M. J. Rose did not disappoint in her characterization of the time period and all its changes brought to the 1920s in America. Rose adds to this setting New York in all its fascinations during the roaring 1920s. Introducing into the scene young Jenny Bell, a 24-year old aspiring artist with a distinctively troubled past.
Jenny finds herself studying art in Manhattan where she meets socialite and new friend, Minx Deering. Minx submits not only her work but also Jenny’s for possible acceptance into Tiffany’s artists’ camp at Laurelton. Both are accepted, and they find themselves the only two women in the group of artists invited. Jenny’s only worry is that her dark past might be uncovered and threaten her time at Laurelton Hall.
For fans of historical fiction and the creative work of the Tiffany family, this is a book to fascinate your creative mind. The descriptions of the artistry and color by Tiffany are crystal clear. Nature’s beauty adds to the realistic views of the grounds around Laurelton Hall. Character development, as always in Rose’s work, is finely and sharply drawn so that you feel as if you know the people about whom you are reading.
My Recommendation: Although I don’t list Tiffany Blues as one of M. J. Rose’s best books I’ve read, I did find it a pleasant story and one which, through Rose’s detail of the time period, taught me a great deal about the life and times of the Jazz Age and the artistry of the Tiffany family.
Meet M. J. Rose
New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.
Her most recent novel TIFFANY BLUES (Atria/S&S) was chosen as an Indie Next Pick and takes place during the Jazz age at Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Long Island mansion/ art colony.
Rose’s work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the ’80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors – Authorbuzz.com
The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose’s novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization’s co-president.
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