Review of “Tiffany Blues” by M.J. Rose

Rose, M.J. Tiffany Blues. New York: Atria Books, 2018

Hardcover | $26.00 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1501173592 | 316 pages | Historical Fiction

4 stars

I went into Tiffany Blues knowing almost nothing about the subject matter, aside from the name, but as is often the case with historical fiction, I find myself astonished to learn more. I loved learning about Louis Comfort Tiffany and his interest in fostering the talent of young burgeoning artists, including Jenny, the heroine of the book, which surprised me, as while there is the presence of jewelry in the book, it was interesting to learn more about what the Tiffany family were known for. Either way, the subject matter of the novel presents plenty of opportunities for vivid colors and art, just as the cover promises.

I for the most part enjoyed Jenny as a protagonist, and how she is determined to put the dark past of what happened with her mother and stepfather behind her. And when the past comes back to haunt her, I felt that this is one of the cases where it was pretty obvious who was trying to get back at her, and in addition, I wasn’t fully certain of what the culprit who was trying blackmail her actually wanted, what with it being resolved a bit too neatly. However, I did think the reveal of how he was connected to her was unexpected.

And despite some of the romantic bits with Oliver feeling a little awkward in places, I did like how it was eventually resolved, with the acknowledgment of the Tiffany family’s expectations and not wanting to be brought down by someone who was more questionable, and then an epilogue years later that brings the best, belated ending for the relationship, while also showing the lives they lived in the meantime.

I would recommend this to any fan of historical fiction, especially those who are interested in vibrant early twentieth century art and jewelry.

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