This was an exciting, thrilling book that I read in one day. It’s a fictitious account of the girl behind Vermeer’s famous painting, The Girl with the Pearl Earring. In this novel, the girl is named Griet, and has come to work at the Vermeer household as a maid. She immediately makes an enemy of one of the daughters, Cornelia, who is forever trying to undermine her and get her kicked out. Vermeer’s wife also doesn’t like her, but Vermeer’s mother and Vermeer himself seem interested in her, as well as a certain lecherous baron. Much happens in the book, but Griet is courted by the butcher’s son and eventually gets painted. It’s a pretty good book. 4 stars.

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