The Golden Tulip

The Golden Tulip

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.
Francesca’s father is a well-known painter in the bustling port city of Amsterdam; he is also a gambler. Though their household is in economic chaos, thankfully the lessons she learned in his studio have prepared her to study with Johannes Vermeer, the master of Delft.

When she arrives to begin her apprenticeship, Francesca is stunned to find rules, written in her father’s hand, insisting that she give up the freedoms she once enjoyed at home- including her friendship with Pieter van Doorne, a tulip merchant. Unaware of a terrible bargain her father has made against her future, Francesca pursues her growing affection for Pieter even as she learns to paint like Vermeer, in layers of light. As her talent blooms, “tulip mania” sweeps the land, and fortunes are being made on a single bulb. What seems like a boon for Pieter instead reveals the extent of the betrayal of Francesca’s father. And as the two learn the true nature of the obstacles in their path, a patron of Francesca’s father determines to do anything in his power to ensure she stays within the limits that have been set for her.

The Golden Tulip brings one of the most exciting periods of Dutch history alive, creating a page-turning novel that is as vivid and unforgettable as a Vermeer painting.

Baker & Taylor
Determined to become a painter and accepting an apprenticeship with the great artist Jan Vermeer, Francesca Visser's dream is shattered when her father--a struggling artist--arranges a marriage between her and Ludolf Van Deventer, a wealthy and unscrupulous shipbroker, in order to pay back a debt. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, 2007
Edition: 1st paperback ed
ISBN: 9780385415606
Characteristics: 564 p. ; 20 cm


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Sep 16, 2013

A beautifully detailed historical read. Rosalind Laker is one of my favourite writers.

Jul 09, 2012

Though this book has a romance component the overall story is woven together with a historical flare for the history of the people of Amsterdam, their customs and way of life. The descriptions and settings are beautifully done and if you appreciate learning more about the life of master artists this story will more than satisfy the reader. Though the story leans to the political aspects of the day it does not dominate or take away from the characterization. A good read and not predictable or cookie cutter historical romance.


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