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The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton

3wilcotroad's review

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dark emotional hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

samanthjade9754's review

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emotional inspiring mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

sophiecrook's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful inspiring sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

candacesiegle_greedyreader's review

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5.0

Lovers of "The Miniaturist" will be engrossed in "House of Fortune," which picks up the story of Nella, Otto, and Cornelia nearly twenty years after the end of the first novel.

It seemed as though Nella and Otto --even as a teenager and a Black man--were going to be able to successfully manage the House of Brandt's business interests at the end of "The Miniaturist." But that has not happened. Marin's baby is now a young woman of nineteen, and it increasingly looks as though Thea's marriage to a wealthy man is all that can keep the family from complete penury. Thea has different ideas, dangerous ideas, that mean trouble from page one.

Jessie Burton presents the diverse society of early 18th century Amsterdam with pointed detail. Entirely focused on business and value, that focus can include theater-going and appreciation of the natural world. The Miniaturist's work appears again, equally mysterious and breathtaking in its beauty, one thing that cannot be monetized.

"House of Fortune" is very successful sequel that will bring new readers to Jessie Burton's immersive tale.

anouk90's review against another edition

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adventurous lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

joannareads's review

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hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

zoaime's review

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  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.75

happy the girls got to their good place. now if they'd been likeable i'd even be elated

bigbizliz1991's review

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dark emotional mysterious reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

anna_hall's review

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emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes

4.0

hanneke22's review

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slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.75

I kept waiting for something to happen, something to be revealed… but it just didn’t happen. 

2,75 ⭐️