28 November, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. Today we are waiting for The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau!

Let's bring some historical fiction into the equation!

Publication date: December 3rd, 2018
Publisher: Endevavour Quill
In eighteenth century London, porcelain is the most seductive of commodities; fortunes are made and lost upon it. Kings do battle with knights and knaves for possession of the finest pieces and the secrets of their manufacture.

For Genevieve Planché, an English-born descendant of Huguenot refugees, porcelain holds far less allure; she wants to be an artist, a painter of international repute, but nobody takes the idea of a female artist seriously in London. If only she could reach Venice.

When Genevieve meets the charming Sir Gabriel Courtenay, he offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse; if she learns the secrets of porcelain, he will send her to Venice. But in particular, she must learn the secrets of the colour blue…

The ensuing events take Genevieve deep into England’s emerging industrial heartlands, where not only does she learn about porcelain, but also about the art of industrial espionage.

With the heart and spirit of her Huguenot ancestors, Genevieve faces her challenges head on, but how much is she willing to suffer in pursuit and protection of the colour blue?

Not long ago I came across a list of female artists, half of whom I never heard about! Some had to sell their work under male pen-names while others were buried by their husbands' names or simply were not even given credit. It infuriated me. Therefore, today I bring a historical fiction novel about a female artist trying to live her dream! It may be "fiction" but many similar stories happened and I think we should be aware of it.

Are you excited about THE BLUE?


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