Title: The Miniaturist
Author: Jessie Burton
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
This story follows a girl named Petronella (Nella for short) and how she copes with her life – marrying a rich merchant. living in a mansion, and receiving the most unusual gift. During her stay, her husband (Johannes Brandt) presented her with a miniature of their mansion as a wedding gift and expects her to fill it with other miniatures to complete the look. With that, Nella consults a miniaturist, only to find out that the creations she’s been receiving mimics her reality and quite possibly her future.
It was a tad bit slow at first. Believe me, there were times where I would skim the pages just so I can jump straight to the next chapter. But as I flip those pages, things started getting.. intriguing, eerie, and even emotional. The story started to flow smoothly, the characters finally reacted, things got ugly, tears were shed, and as everything wraps up – I was a wreck. Those dull chapters in the beginning were there for a reason – to build up the tension. Basically, after the first half of this book you’re flying through the story and before you know it, you’re sobbing your eyes out and wanting to pick it right back up.
This is one of those books you’d want to cuddle by a fireplace with a steaming cup of hot cocoa and piles of warm blankets. What does that tell you? Yep, it’s a seasonal kind of read – Christmas, to be exact. Watch me,when Yuletide comes around, I’ll be locked away from the world hiding in the comforts of my bedroom reminiscing and the story and the characters.