Title: Girl with a Pearl Earring
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Page Count/Review Word Count: 266
I read this book because I watch a YouTuber called Hannah Tay who has an Etsy store where you can buy a mystery package of one of her favourite books. I bought it, and this is the book that arrived. And the good news is that I loved it.
This is historical fiction, except it’s written in a way that could appeal to everyone and so it’s not just for people who only read historical reads. It’s also a great read for people who are into art because it features Johannes Vermeer as a character, although one of my favourite elements of the story was the fact that it was sent in Holland.
The story itself follows a girl called Griet, the penniless daughter of a blind tile maker who’s taken on to provide household help for the painter, and we get to watch as her role gets more and more important until it all comes to a head. But I don’t want to say too much about it because I don’t want to spoil the plot.
Suffice to say that this was a beautifully written book with fantastic pacing that was just a genuine pleasure to read, and it’s easily accessible no matter what kind of reader you are. I was surprised by it, and I really couldn’t fault it. It’s just a great concept that’s well executed, and it just has that feel of a classic story. Read it.