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Love, tulips, painting, Dutch patriotism and the dynamics of personal and political power inform Laker's sprawling saga, set in Holland during the time of Rembrandt and Vermeer (both of whom serve as secondary characters). Francesca is the eldest daughter of the painter Hendrik Visser and a talented artist in her own right. So is middle sister, Aletta, while the youngest, Sybella, is far more interested in marrying well. Hendrik is successful, but his drinking and gambling keep the family in penury. Once the girls' mother dies, Francesca has new responsibilities, which she must soon balance with an apprenticeship to a little-known Vermeer. Tulip grower Pieter van Doorne makes a delivery at the house one day while Francesca prepares to pose as flower goddess Flora for her father. Pieter is instantly smitten, but the man who commissioned the Flora painting, wealthy ship owner Ludolf van Deventer, has designs on Flora, as well as on the country's political future. Laker (To Dance with Kings) excels at broad-strokes portraiture, moving from 17th-century intrigue to intimate glimpses of daily life. The absorbing plot unfolds slowly and conveys real passion for both life and work. (Nov.)
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YA-- Set in the heyday of the great 17th-century Dutch artists, The Golden Tulip is a historical romance fraught with political intrigue. Having studied with her artist father, Francesca Visser plans to become a master painter. Shortly before she begins an art apprenticeship with Jan Vermeer, she discovers that her father, desperate for money to settle his gambling debts, has acquired a wealthy patron with a shady past who demands Francesca as collateral for a loan. Financial assistance from an unexpected source frees her to go to Delft where her relationship with Pieter van Doorne, a tulip grower, blossoms and the traitorous patron's plot during the French invasion is revealed. Despite the length of the novel, devotees of the genre will find it engrossing.
- Carol Clark, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 564 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307352579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307352576
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca Huston on January 12, 2008
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I first encountered the novels of Rosalind Laker back in the 1980's, and rather enjoyed her blend of romance and history. Her historical research was solid and interesting, and while sometimes the characters were a bit off the mark, there was enough in them to interest me. Then I stopped seeing her works on the shelves and I moved on to other writers. Now Three Rivers Press is bringing her backlist (previously issued books) back into print, and I scooped up The Golden Tulip on a recent excursion into a bookstore.

Set in Holland during the seventeenth century, this tells the story of the three daughters of Hendrick Visser. Hendrick is an artist painting in Amsterdam, and is a broad fellow in his desires. He adores his wife and children, and while he's very competent at what he does, money just seems to flow through his hands. His wife Anna is more than a little fed up with his behavior, but she loves him very much, and manages to keep their household together. Of their three daughters, the eldest two, Francesca and Aletta, have the most artistic talent, while the youngest Sybylla, is a cheerful butterfly of a girl, dreaming of a life of leisure when she snags a rich husband of her own.

But unexpected tragedy hits when Anna dies giving birth to s stillborn son, and Aletta suffers from a violent encounter in the street. The family is badly scarred by this -- Hendrick focuses more on gambling and drinking, Francesca takes on the chores of mothering her family, Aletta withdraws emotionally, and only Sybylla seems to remain unchanged. But as the three girls mature, we get to see them moving into the wider world of Amsterdam and Delft.

Most of the story centers around Francesca, and her growing talent as an artist.
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Whoever was hired to write the back cover book blurb (which tells what the book is about) should be fired because it's obvious that they never read the book.

The back of the cover-well you can read it yourself on Amazon- basically describes a young girl going to her apprenticeship slightly before "tulip mania" strikes and talks as if the whole book is about this young girl and her apprenticeship. This is wrong in so many ways. First of all, all the primary characters in the book expect for two were born after "tulip mania" was over. And secondly, this book is about three sisters, not just one girl and last of all, the apprenticeship around which the blurb makes it sound the book revolves doesn't even take place until about 1/3 of the way through the book. So completely disregard the back cover.

This book is about the Visser family, a fictional family living in Amsterdam AFTER "tulip mania" and before the war with Louise IXV, which is lead by a fictional artist named Hendrick. In the beginning of the book Henrick's wife Anna dies, leaving him and his three daughters, Francesca, Aletta and Sybylla, all alone. Francesca and Aletta are determined to be artists like their father but their dreams seem unlikely to come true since Hendrick is also a habitual gambler whose painting sales often do not cover his debts, let alone leave enough to apprentice them. Until the day he paints Francesca as the goddess Flora and catches the eye of a wealthy business man.

Unfortunately this painting, while it brings in a lot of money, brings only bad luck to the family. The man who buys it, Ludolf, becomes obsessed with Francesca and cheats Hendrick into debt so he can have her for his wife, despite her growing attraction to a young tulip grower. Naturally, she knows nothing of this.
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The Golden Tulip is set in 17th Century Amsterdam and deals with artists guilds. The heroine, Francesca Visser, is a talented and inspired young artist who finds her life turned upside down when her mother dies. When Francesca's father loses a small fortune gambling, he affiances her to a ruthless and diabolical merchant, Ludolf van Deventer. First, though, she is allowed to complete an apprenticeship with the Delft painter Vermeer, where she perfects her skills and meets famous Flemish artists. Along the way, she meets her true love, Pieter van Doorne, a tulip-grower. Together, Pieter and Francesca find a way to defeat the evil van Deventer. The story also features Francesca's two sisters, Aletta and Sybylla, who have their own adventures and love affairs. The Golden Tulip is a superbly written novel from an extremely gifted story-teller. The story offers history, romance, and a solid plot. It is also emotionally sweeping - drifting between red-hot passion, touching devotion, dark hostility and obsession. The black under-currents, accurate historical details, and sizzling romance in this novel help it to fall into several different categories: thriller, historical, romance.
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This book is still in my memory and that doesn't happen very often. I got it from the library then since I liked it as I read several chapters I decided to buy it for my Kindle where it is so much easier to read with larger print. It was worth every cent.
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This ambitious novel is set in Holland at the end of the seventeenth century, decades after the tulip fever that raged across the small country, eventually bringing about a ruined economy for those who engaged in runaway speculation. Yet tulips remain a popular variety as well as a viable export, if in more judicious quantities. Even more notable in this period is the level of respect given by the public to accomplished artists. In Amsterdam, Rembrandt has reached the peak of his genius, the chiaroscuro technique competing with the light-filled canvasses of Johannes Vermeer. A successful student of the painter Frans Halls, Hendrick Visser earns a decent living for his wife and three daughters; but Hendrick's fatal flaw is an overweening ego and penchant for gambling, frequently putting his family's fortunes in jeopardy.

It is, in fact, Visser's gambling that thrusts his family into circumstances that cause his eldest and most talented daughter, Francesca, to face an uncertain future at the hands of a devious suitor who threatens Hendrick with financial ruin. Both Francesca and her sister, Aletta, have aspirations of becoming painters like their father. After the death of their mother, Francesca is finally allowed to receive training from Johannes Vermeer, her skill in capturing light similar to that of the popular artist. But thanks to her father, a cloud hovers over Francesca's future, Visser's bargain with the devil, ship broker Ludolf van Deventer, robbing the girl of the joy of her apprenticeship with Vermeer. The other sisters suffer for their father's duplicity as well, but all remain loyal and respectful to the man whose self-centeredness will determine their futures.
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