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American art history student Zelda Richardson is serving an internship with a prestigious Dutch art museum overseeing the return of certain works. She's charged with researching one painting with two very different claimants. The story flows seamlessly between contemporary Amsterdam and 1940s Amsterdam as Zelda uncovers not only a love story and the depth of friendship, but the fear that flourished in occupied Netherlands. Zelda's research skills allow wartime Amsterdam to surface like a pentimento and by looking closely at the past through the present, she solves a decades-long mystery and brings closure to questions that have haunted a family since the war. It is a book that will live with the reader for a long time.
I loved this book so much that I bought a copy for all of my friends. Satisfies on all levels.
The story moves at a great pace, keeping the reader fully engaged in Zelda's quest for the truth. The characters are well-developed and very believable. Zelda, as the main protagonist, is flawed and realistic, while the antagonist is both intelligent and cold-hearted, and is therefore very easy to dislike. This is paralleled in the 'historical' characters in the story: the protagonists are likeable and genuine, both oppressed for different reasons, while the author has very effectively characterised their NAZI antagonist as cruel and vindictive through his own motivations and actions without resorting to any typecasting or cliche. Throughout the novel, the author succeeds in using the natural empathy of the reader to drive their interest and engagement in the characters and plot without the reader being aware of any such positioning.
As the novel draws to a close, Anderson pulls the various story lines together into a neat and satisfying conclusion, albeit tinged with sadness and regret.
5 stars for 'The Lover's Portrait'.
Read it. You're sure to enjoy this fantastic book.
The protagonist, Zelda Richardson, is a resilient, gutsy, ethical art history student who just might be in over her head when her search for truth entangles her in a 70-year-old web of stolen paintings, blackmail, and murder.
The author’s exemplary research into art works stolen by the Nazis during World War 2 is evident. However, she does not overdo facts; but rather, she seamlessly weaves the thought-provoking information into her tale.
I highly recommend “The Lover’s Portrait” for artists, art lovers, history buffs, historical novel fans, and anyone else looking for a well-written, enjoyable read.
I have not yet read Ms. Alderson’s first novel, “Down and Out in Kathmandu,” but halfway through “The Lover’s Portrait” I knew I wanted to read more of Ms. Alderson’s work, and so I ordered a copy and am looking forward to the read.
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