Tiffany Blues
New York, 1924. Twenty‑four‑year‑old Jenny Bell is one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious artists’ colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid distractions and romantic entanglements and take full advantage of the many wonders to be found at Laurelton Hall.But Jenny’s past has followed her to Long Island. Images of her beloved mother, her hard-hearted stepfather, waterfalls, and murder, and the dank hallways of Canada’s notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women overwhelm Jenny’s thoughts, even as she is inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany’s charismatic grandson.As the summer shimmers on, and the competition between the artists grows fierce as they vie for a spot at Tiffany’s New York gallery, a series of suspicious and disturbing occurrences suggest someone knows enough about Jenny’s childhood trauma to expose her.Supported by her closest friend Minx Deering, a seemingly carefree socialite yet dedicated sculptor, and Oliver, Jenny pushes her demons aside. Between stolen kisses and stolen jewels, the champagne flows and the jazz plays on until one moonless night when Jenny’s past and present are thrown together in a desperate moment, that will threaten her promising future, her love, her friendships, and her very life.

Tiffany Blues Details

TitleTiffany Blues
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
ISBN-139781501173592
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Romance

Tiffany Blues Review

  • Dorie
    January 1, 1970
    We’ve all felt this way at some time I believe -- I wanted to love this book but it was just an o.k. read for me.The main plot of this story takes place on the grounds of Mr. Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall. This was first a residence for Mr. Tiffany and then later parts of it were used as a “summer camp” of a group of hand picked artists who all are vying for the big prize. That prize is the chance to exhibit a piece at Mr. Tiffany’s famed store and to study further under his wing. We are introduced t We’ve all felt this way at some time I believe -- I wanted to love this book but it was just an o.k. read for me.The main plot of this story takes place on the grounds of Mr. Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall. This was first a residence for Mr. Tiffany and then later parts of it were used as a “summer camp” of a group of hand picked artists who all are vying for the big prize. That prize is the chance to exhibit a piece at Mr. Tiffany’s famed store and to study further under his wing. We are introduced to a few of these hand picked artists. Jenny Bell is a 24 y/o painter who had a very disturbing and troubling childhood. Without giving away part of the plot I can quote part of the blurb, “Jenny’s past has followed her to Long Island. Images of her beloved mother, stepfather, waterfalls and murder, and the dank hallways of Canada’s notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women overwhelm Jenny’s thoughts. As she tries to concentrate on putting color in her works she gets to know Tiffany’s grandson, Oliver and they becomes quite close. This isn’t the only distraction. Someone, or several people, are hinting at Jenny’s past life, from Ouija boards, to sermons and songs and Jenny is becoming extremely worried that her well kept secret may may be revealed for everyone to see.Minx Deering, a fellow art student, invites Jenny to live with her in her very opulent and sophisticated New York apartment. Minx is extremely wealthy but also deeply troubled. Jenny and Minx become good friends even though Minx has a way of trying to push Jenny and her art into the limelight. At times Jenny isn’t ready for this yet but it does help her secure a spot at Laurelton Hall and for this she is excited.Oliver as mentioned is the grandson of Louis Comfort Tiffany and seems to fall head over heels in love with Jenny. He is being groomed to take over the workings of the factory. However Oliver is a skilled artist in his own right and Jenny is determined that he pursue his artistic side.Richard is an odd fellow. He seems to truly care for Minx and she is enthralled with him and yet Jenny feels something isn’t right with him and the way he treats Minx once they are at Laurelton.So this is a bit of a mystery, romance and some history. The book was a bit of a slow mover for me, There is extreme detail is describing Laurelton Hall and it’s many treasures. If this is your first read about Mr. Tiffany’s estate than you will likely enjoy it. Each room has a theme and there seemed to be no limit to the amount of money that Mr. Tiffany spent to bring his vision to life. The romance in the book is quite light but an enjoyable interlude in what would have otherwise been quite a dry novel.A 3* rating from me means that I still considered the book worth reading but wasn’t one of my favorites. I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    Fall into the atmosphere created that speaks of the early twentieth century. Although at first blush, it appears to be a more innocent time, it was anything but for young Jenny. It’s now 1924 and Jenny has escaped her dark past, the pain, the lies, the murder, the debt she paid that she never owed.A gifted artist, her work reflects her inner turmoil, her lack of color in her life, until an invitation to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s artist’s colony helps one trouble young woman open her heart to life, Fall into the atmosphere created that speaks of the early twentieth century. Although at first blush, it appears to be a more innocent time, it was anything but for young Jenny. It’s now 1924 and Jenny has escaped her dark past, the pain, the lies, the murder, the debt she paid that she never owed.A gifted artist, her work reflects her inner turmoil, her lack of color in her life, until an invitation to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s artist’s colony helps one trouble young woman open her heart to life, but will her past come back to haunt her? Will it steal the color she has finally found through love and the mentorship of an artisan who saw her “light”? TIFFANY BLUES by M.J. Rose is a unique romantic mystery that reads as if seen through a dark veil, emotionally taut and bittersweet as the past, present and future collide like frenzied brushstrokes on the canvas of one young woman’s life. Entrancing reading from beginning to a powerhouse of an ending.I received a complimentary ARC edition from Atria Books!Publisher: Atria Books (August 7, 2018)Publication Date: August 7, 2018Genre: Historical Fiction | SuspensePrint Length: 336 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    Even though I don't have a creative bone in my body, every once in awhile I end up reading a book that takes place in the art world. This particular historical fiction book is centered on Jenny Bell who is one of twelve artists invited to a prestigious artists' colony in the 1920s. Laurelton Hall was a real life home that Louis Comfort Tiffany, a design director at his family's Tiffany & Co., donated to his foundation for art students. However, most of the story and characters are products o Even though I don't have a creative bone in my body, every once in awhile I end up reading a book that takes place in the art world. This particular historical fiction book is centered on Jenny Bell who is one of twelve artists invited to a prestigious artists' colony in the 1920s. Laurelton Hall was a real life home that Louis Comfort Tiffany, a design director at his family's Tiffany & Co., donated to his foundation for art students. However, most of the story and characters are products of the author's imagination. Jenny Bell was an interesting and complex character. She has a past that you slowly learn about as the story progresses. The book has a little bit of everything including mystery and romance. If you are like myself and know next to nothing about painting and drawing, you can still appreciate the passion and thought process that goes into creating works of art. The author did an amazing job using words to convey these beautiful images into my head. Overall, a solid read with a main character that was really easy to form an attachment to and get caught up in her journey. I won a free copy of this book from BookishFirst but was not obligated to post a review here. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Lisa Jablonsky
    January 1, 1970
    For transparency, I know the author and this is the first book of hers that I have read and I am so happy I did! This Historical Fiction book has so much going for it: Beyond a great story, with love, mystery, and character development, there are all these texturey things that made my heart soar - The Roaring 20's in NYC, in the Village, Bohemia, both starving artists and those with extreme wealth! Not to mention the clothes, oh the clothes! I could visualize all of it. But the pièce de résistan For transparency, I know the author and this is the first book of hers that I have read and I am so happy I did! This Historical Fiction book has so much going for it: Beyond a great story, with love, mystery, and character development, there are all these texturey things that made my heart soar - The Roaring 20's in NYC, in the Village, Bohemia, both starving artists and those with extreme wealth! Not to mention the clothes, oh the clothes! I could visualize all of it. But the pièce de résistance was the ART! It's about artists. When they're not studying at the Arts Students League in NYC they are at an artist colony for the summer. It's based on a true artist colony owned and run by Tiffany, of the blue boxes and lamps. MJ has done a meticulous job of bringing the art, the stained glass and the estate to life, as well as the comforts of the super rich. I want to see the movie to see it all! Having seen multiple Tiffany stained glass exhibits, one as recently as last month, I truly appreciate the love she used to describe the works, the colors and techniques. It made me want to see another exhibit and to pick up my paint brush again. Without art and beauty, there is nothing.
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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON AUGUST 6, 2018."What had happened in Jenny’s past that kept haunting her and kept her shrinking into the background instead of taking all that New York could offer her?Was it bad enough to have to sidestep questions about it and fear that others were looking into her past?TIFFANY BLUES is a book whose pages you will want to turn back to and re-read the wise words and advice. Ms. Rose has done impeccable research into all aspects of this era and in marvelously portraying he FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON AUGUST 6, 2018."What had happened in Jenny’s past that kept haunting her and kept her shrinking into the background instead of taking all that New York could offer her?Was it bad enough to have to sidestep questions about it and fear that others were looking into her past?TIFFANY BLUES is a book whose pages you will want to turn back to and re-read the wise words and advice. Ms. Rose has done impeccable research into all aspects of this era and in marvelously portraying her characters’ emotions. Artists, mystery lovers, and historical fiction fans will adore this book. 5/5"
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    M.J. Rose’s Tiffany Blues is a beautifully written work of art! Set in the Jazz Age, this is the story of Jenny and her quest to be successful in the art world while coming to grips with her past. The descriptions of the colors and scenery were so vivid that I felt as if I were there. Tiffany Blues is a must read for historical fiction lovers!
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  • Dawn Wells
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautiful book, it is written very descriptive and makes you feel and see the art. In many ways although it’s a mystery it could also be an artist canvas.
  • Kaethe
    January 1, 1970
    So excited a copy is on its way! Looks like just the thing to start summer with: I've loved every MJ book I've read.***Copy is here! I know what I am starting next.
  • Shelby Brigham
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing and gripping. The story twists and turns as you relate to the main character. You feel her heartbreaking past, and cheer her on as she figures life out.
  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED IT! Loved the characters and the history. Loved the mystery and the detail. Beautifully written. Beautiful art descriptions. This book held my attention to the last word.
  • Jena Henry
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever received a gift in the iconic Tiffany Blue box with the white ribbon? Interesting fact: Tiffany Blue, is a trademark color of Tiffany & Co., which bears the same number (1837) on the Pantone Matching System as the year Tiffany & Co. was founded.Author Rose has gifted us with a beautiful and evocative story. I urge you to read it slowly. The gift to readers is a book overflowing with beautiful descriptions of the times, the settings, and the art. While there is a mystery, th Have you ever received a gift in the iconic Tiffany Blue box with the white ribbon? Interesting fact: Tiffany Blue, is a trademark color of Tiffany & Co., which bears the same number (1837) on the Pantone Matching System as the year Tiffany & Co. was founded.Author Rose has gifted us with a beautiful and evocative story. I urge you to read it slowly. The gift to readers is a book overflowing with beautiful descriptions of the times, the settings, and the art. While there is a mystery, this book’s main focus is the power of art. The main character is young Jenny Bell. She comes to New York to study art and painting. New York City in 1924: the war was over and the city was “roaring”. The author deftly portrays the essence of the times, speakeasies, jazz, psychic research, a bit more freedom for women. Jenny has secrets and a troubled past, which gradually unfolds.One of the most fascinating characters is Louis Comfort Tiffany, the first Design Director of Tiffany & Co. and son of the founder. In addition to Tiffany, other famous people of the times are shown: Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and Thomas Edison.After World War I Louis Tiffany created a Foundation bearing his name to aid artists at his estate on Long Island’s Gold Coast. Jenny Bell and her best friend Minx, a young socialite and fellow artist attend the summer session. Jenny longs to “be buffered from the world, cocooned by beauty at Mr. Tiffany’s estate.” She gets to know Mr. Tiffany who encourages her to “Paint as if your life depends on it.” Jenny also experiences a sensual romance during her summer sojourn. While much of the story dwells on the beauty and power of art, there is also a focus on the mystery of Jenny’s life. Like the kaleidoscope that is discussed in the book, this story contains some beautiful designs that will enthrall the careful reader.Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC. This is my honest review.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    "...grief is the price we pay for love."Jenny Bell is a gifted artist living in New York City in 1924 when she and her best friend, socialite Minx Deering, are invited to an 8-week course on Long Island at Louis Comfort Tiffany's art colony. Off they go to the beautiful Laurelton Hall estate where art will meet paradise. It is there that Jenny comes face to face with her demons, finds love, and refines her passion and talent as a painter of light. But happiness eludes her as the past she's hidde "...grief is the price we pay for love."Jenny Bell is a gifted artist living in New York City in 1924 when she and her best friend, socialite Minx Deering, are invited to an 8-week course on Long Island at Louis Comfort Tiffany's art colony. Off they go to the beautiful Laurelton Hall estate where art will meet paradise. It is there that Jenny comes face to face with her demons, finds love, and refines her passion and talent as a painter of light. But happiness eludes her as the past she's hidden for so long comes back with a vengeance.This lovely, romantic historical novel evokes all the frenzy that was the 1920s -- the music, the fashion, the art, the literature and the easy use of drugs and alcohol. Everyone was frantically trying to rid themselves of the horrors of the war and so much death. Jenny and Minx are quintessential young adults in a world where life and color rule and people are entranced by new inventions and radicalism. As they begin their course at Laurelton Hall, both are committed to winning the competition among the fellows that summer -- but their ambitions will be derailed by matters that neither predicted nor could control.The detail and the descriptions of the scenery at Laurelton Hall and everything about their experiences are well rendered making the reader feel a part of that period in time. The clothes, jewelry, food -- the famous names dropped so casually -- it is obvious that M.J. Rose has a deep appreciation and understanding of beauty and art. I felt transported back in time and loved it all. Less compelling was Jenny's story and the drama (somewhat unbelievable) surrounding her backstory, but fortunately that wasn't why I read the book so that aspect was easy for me to overlook while savoring the rich historic period, the information about Tiffany, and the joy of imagining what it would be like to actually see that famous estate.Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the e-book ARC to read and review. I've read many books by this author and the most compelling part of each is always her ability to bring the creation of art (or perfume or jewelry, etc.) to life.
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  • Nicole Evelina
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come once it appears in Historical Novels Review.
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    It's an interesting book: historically correct and a good story line. In my opinion, the only downside was the ending. It cold have been stronger. All in all, a good read.
  • Brandee
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this delicious novel. Such a perfect summer read. It was awash with colors, music, art, jewelry, and fashion. A book for all the senses. I didn't want it to end. I would love to see a graphic novel interpretation of MJ's books, especially this one.
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  • Pernette
    January 1, 1970
    Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose was extraordinary. In a world where 5 stars are the highest book rating, I would give this book 10 stars. It was one of the most amazing books I have read in a while. There are many reasons why I loved this book. First, let me start by saying an English professor would be elated by the use of descriptive language. That is itself was an art form. The use of color throughout the book made me see what Ms. Rose was describing. The Tiffany Estate, Loughton Hall, and the opu Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose was extraordinary. In a world where 5 stars are the highest book rating, I would give this book 10 stars. It was one of the most amazing books I have read in a while. There are many reasons why I loved this book. First, let me start by saying an English professor would be elated by the use of descriptive language. That is itself was an art form. The use of color throughout the book made me see what Ms. Rose was describing. The Tiffany Estate, Loughton Hall, and the opulence of the mansion and the grounds were amazing. Jenny and her best friend Minx both have something to hid and it seems that their secrets start unraveling when they are invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany's for an art retreat and competition. Jenny finds herself falling for Mr. Tiffany's grandson, Oliver. Minx, on the other hand, is very involved with Edward another one of the art students. The climax of this story is extremely unexpected and threatens to ruin lives. However, there is a bittersweet ending. Highly recommend this book.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    In a lot of ways, I was a big fan of this book. But at the same time, I have some issues that I can't ignore which informed giving it a 3 star rating. Rose has created the meticulously intricate world of Louis' Tiffany's escape at Laurelton, an artist's retreat. I love that it started with a mystery of how it was burned to the ground, and then we roll back in time to put together the pieces. However, I felt that this novel was incredibly slow-moving, due to the amount of exacting detail, which t In a lot of ways, I was a big fan of this book. But at the same time, I have some issues that I can't ignore which informed giving it a 3 star rating. Rose has created the meticulously intricate world of Louis' Tiffany's escape at Laurelton, an artist's retreat. I love that it started with a mystery of how it was burned to the ground, and then we roll back in time to put together the pieces. However, I felt that this novel was incredibly slow-moving, due to the amount of exacting detail, which then moved the story along at a snail's pace. The last section of the book was the most exciting, but after hundreds of pages of gradual unspooling, it all happened in a rather slapdash quick manner. I would say to read this book for the ambience, and immersion in an opulent time and place, rather than for the mystery at hand.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    In 1920’s New York, art student Jenny Bell meets Minx, another talented art student who is also a wealthy heiress. Jenny has so many secrets from her past which threaten to overwhelm her, but Minx has secrets, too. Both women are selected for a summer study program at the Long Island estate of Louis Comfort Tiffany. It is evident that MJ Rose has not only researched the period extensively, but she has also created nuanced characters, and ended the story with a shocking revelation. A fascinating In 1920’s New York, art student Jenny Bell meets Minx, another talented art student who is also a wealthy heiress. Jenny has so many secrets from her past which threaten to overwhelm her, but Minx has secrets, too. Both women are selected for a summer study program at the Long Island estate of Louis Comfort Tiffany. It is evident that MJ Rose has not only researched the period extensively, but she has also created nuanced characters, and ended the story with a shocking revelation. A fascinating page-turner combining history, art, and romance.
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  • Jamckean
    January 1, 1970
    An imaginative story filled with art and history, romance and betrayal. MJ Rose’s beautiful prose transports readers to the prestigious art colony run by Louis Comfort Tiffany during the 1920s.
  • Kim Bakos
    January 1, 1970
    They say a picture paints a thousand words, but MJ Rose paints a thousand pictures with her words as you read this book. Her writing is so descriptive, but never wordy or forced. You can picture every scene, every outfit the ladies wear, and so much more as you read this story. It is only fitting that the cover starts that feeling off with the gorgeous setting on the cover!I loved the characters in this story, except for Edward, who was a jerk. They are all well-developed and people who you fee They say a picture paints a thousand words, but MJ Rose paints a thousand pictures with her words as you read this book. Her writing is so descriptive, but never wordy or forced. You can picture every scene, every outfit the ladies wear, and so much more as you read this story. It is only fitting that the cover starts that feeling off with the gorgeous setting on the cover!I loved the characters in this story, except for Edward, who was a jerk. They are all well-developed and people who you feel you would truly like if you were to meet them in real life. The author vividly portrays the wealth and luxury of the 20s for those in the high society realm, but not with any judgment or by making them seem shallow. In fact, Minx, Oliver and Mr. Tiffany are all generous and giving, not self-centered or stuck-up.Jenny's story is heartbreaking, but I love that none of the scenes with the horrors that she endured are overly descriptive. With the way this writer paints such vivid pictures, those are scenes where I'm thankful she chose to be more sparse with her words.I don't know if the author wants Edward's role in the story to be a mystery or secret - I was able to figure out who he was about halfway through the story. What I didn't know until the end what his motivation.I was disappointed by the stand taken by Mr. Tiffany at the end - it is sad when people place economic success and family duty ahead of personal fulfillment. And doubly sad when that choice is made for one person by another. But thankfully the ending shows that things may have a chance of ending on a better note going forward.
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    This book's gorgeous cover is a clue to the beautiful storytelling within. This was a glorious work of historical fiction that contained so many elements that came perfectly together, including some mystery, romance, intrigue, and a hint of the supernatural. Told from the perspective of protagonist Jenny Bell, most of the story takes place in New York during 1924, with some parts narrated afterwards in 1957. This book captured my attention right from the beginning and held it throughout. One of This book's gorgeous cover is a clue to the beautiful storytelling within. This was a glorious work of historical fiction that contained so many elements that came perfectly together, including some mystery, romance, intrigue, and a hint of the supernatural. Told from the perspective of protagonist Jenny Bell, most of the story takes place in New York during 1924, with some parts narrated afterwards in 1957. This book captured my attention right from the beginning and held it throughout. One of the things I particularly liked about this book was the way I felt naturally immersed in the 1920's. I also liked the backdrop of artists and Tiffany's art colony. The story unfolded excellently, and kept me guessing, and occasionally gasping. This brought out emotions in the way that all of my favorite books do. This book is for you if you enjoy reading prose such as, "His voice was the blue of a smooth saxophone playing in a smoky nightclub." I highly recommend this book!
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  • Leslie Fisher
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book, as I've loved everything I've read by M.J. Rose. This book really appealed to me because of my fascination with Louis Comfort Tiffany and stained glass, in general. The author is so gifted with words that I was able to see everything that she described in my mind's eye, in stunning color. I was drawn into the story and had a difficult time putting the book down. Some of my favorite quotes from the book follow:"...we can romanticize the unknown far too easily. It is much harder I loved this book, as I've loved everything I've read by M.J. Rose. This book really appealed to me because of my fascination with Louis Comfort Tiffany and stained glass, in general. The author is so gifted with words that I was able to see everything that she described in my mind's eye, in stunning color. I was drawn into the story and had a difficult time putting the book down. Some of my favorite quotes from the book follow:"...we can romanticize the unknown far too easily. It is much harder but more satisfying to assign wonder to what we are familiar with.""'Oh, Jenny,' he said with a little sigh. 'I never want to lose you.' I knew he was remembering the pain of losing his Parisian lover to influenza. 'Even after so many years, when my mother would tell me about my father, she'd cry,' I said. 'I asked her how she could stand feeling that way.' 'What did she say?' 'That grief is the price we pay for love. and for her, it was a small price to pay for what she's found with him.'""...never forget that there is beauty even in broken things. That through the cracks, light still shines."I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a great read ....the story just flows and you go with it .Jenny Bell is a character to root for....you pity her the circumstances she lives with that cause her to never be comfortable anywhere or with anyone ...her past just haunts her like an angry shadow.The artist colony finally becomes a place where she learns just who can be trusted and who can't ....and how strong and resilient she really is after all is done. I love a good mystery and this has a different feel to it then any This book was a great read ....the story just flows and you go with it .Jenny Bell is a character to root for....you pity her the circumstances she lives with that cause her to never be comfortable anywhere or with anyone ...her past just haunts her like an angry shadow.The artist colony finally becomes a place where she learns just who can be trusted and who can't ....and how strong and resilient she really is after all is done. I love a good mystery and this has a different feel to it then any I've ever read and I've read a ton since its my favorite genre .I can say for certain id recommend it as a great way to spend your reading time.
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  • Christina Kline
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating novel about a young struggling artist mentored by the celebrated jeweler and stained-glass creator Louis Comfort Tiffany. TIFFANY BLUES brings together an enchanting glimpse of 1920s New York (or Jazz age New York) and an inspired fictional story about Jenny Bell and the terrible secret she's hiding.
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  • Jean Kolinofsky
    January 1, 1970
    Once again M.J. Rose has written a story steeped in color and beautifully descriptive language that transports the reader to the artist colony on the estate of Louis Comfort Tiffany. It is 1924 and a young artist named Jenny Bell has been given the opportunity to compete for an exhibit in Tiffany’s gallery. Jenny has hidden her past even from her closest friend, but as the summer wears on it is obvious that someone on the estate knows what she has been running from and is using it against her.Wh Once again M.J. Rose has written a story steeped in color and beautifully descriptive language that transports the reader to the artist colony on the estate of Louis Comfort Tiffany. It is 1924 and a young artist named Jenny Bell has been given the opportunity to compete for an exhibit in Tiffany’s gallery. Jenny has hidden her past even from her closest friend, but as the summer wears on it is obvious that someone on the estate knows what she has been running from and is using it against her.When Rose describes the various works of Tiffany it is so easy to picture the works of art. It is such a pleasure to read. Taken along with her description of life in the 1920s with prohibition and speak-easier, this is a book to get lost in.
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  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    I knew nothing about the Tiffany glass and jewelry family. While this is a work of fiction, the details about Louis Comfort Tiffany are drawn from primary sources which made the story both informative and interesting. The post war, speakeasy, artist culture mixed with a bit of a mystery and some history made for a great beach read even if I was landlocked the entire time.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Tiffany Blues by author M.J. Rose is filled with stunning imagery of color and beauty! I enjoyed this book very much for several reasons. The story grabs the reader from the beginning as we meet Jenny Bell in 1924. I won't post spoilers, but the story is rich with family drama, hardships, love, loss, and Jenny's determination to use her talent for success. A terrible thing happens to Jenny when she is a teenager because of her love for her family and she suffers a terrible injustice.Years later Tiffany Blues by author M.J. Rose is filled with stunning imagery of color and beauty! I enjoyed this book very much for several reasons. The story grabs the reader from the beginning as we meet Jenny Bell in 1924. I won't post spoilers, but the story is rich with family drama, hardships, love, loss, and Jenny's determination to use her talent for success. A terrible thing happens to Jenny when she is a teenager because of her love for her family and she suffers a terrible injustice.Years later her best friend Minx Deering arranges for Jenny to be invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall artist colony for a competition. Jenny begins to live in beautiful color and she understands her life can be so much more than light and shadows with her art. This is a wonderful story and is filled with many nuggets from the past and curious glimpses of life as an artist during this era of society. I loved the passage, "I made it so I would never forget there is beauty even in broken things. That through the cracks, light still shines."
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  • Chris Markley
    January 1, 1970
    Jenny is trying to escape a tragedy and make a new life in the art world of 1920s New York City when her wealthy roommate, Minx, sends applications for both of them to attend a session at Laurelton Hall, Louis Comfort Tiffany's artist retreat. Jenny is both overjoyed to get the opportunity and upset that Minx was digging through her personal things. At Laurelton Hall strange things begin to happen and Jenny is afraid that someone knows about her past. Will Jenny be able to put the past behind an Jenny is trying to escape a tragedy and make a new life in the art world of 1920s New York City when her wealthy roommate, Minx, sends applications for both of them to attend a session at Laurelton Hall, Louis Comfort Tiffany's artist retreat. Jenny is both overjoyed to get the opportunity and upset that Minx was digging through her personal things. At Laurelton Hall strange things begin to happen and Jenny is afraid that someone knows about her past. Will Jenny be able to put the past behind and embrace the world of color she discovers at Laurelton Hall or will the past always have a hold on her? A story of art, and love, and learning to embrace the color in the world when darkness threatens to overwhelm you.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc for my honest review.
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    While the narration starts in 1957, after the destruction by fire of the former home of Louis Comfort Tiffany, much of the action takes place in 1924 and even earlier. Painter Jenny Bell tells the story of the summer she and her best friend, rich socialite artist Mix Deering, spent in Laurelton Hall as part of a young artist’s intensive. During this eight week period, eight young artists have total artistic freedom, and at the end, the piece judged the best earns them a show at the Tiffany store While the narration starts in 1957, after the destruction by fire of the former home of Louis Comfort Tiffany, much of the action takes place in 1924 and even earlier. Painter Jenny Bell tells the story of the summer she and her best friend, rich socialite artist Mix Deering, spent in Laurelton Hall as part of a young artist’s intensive. During this eight week period, eight young artists have total artistic freedom, and at the end, the piece judged the best earns them a show at the Tiffany store. Jenny has a hidden past and a big secret, but she doesn’t realize that she’s not the only one at the intensive with those. As she blossoms personally, so does her palette. A love affair, and the friendship of Louis Comfort Tiffany himself, make her feel that maybe, just maybe, all could be well. It soon becomes obvious, though, that someone is out to drive Jenny away, or worse The author has a way with description. The Laurelton Hall was a gorgeous place, decorated within an inch of its life, with multiple water features inside and out, stained glass windows everywhere, Art Nouveau trim, and stunning gardens around it. Rose paints this setting for us in glowing detail, as well as the wonderful clothing and jewelry the women wore. It almost made me cry that this building (it was real, as was the summer artist retreat) is gone and that these descriptions are the only way I have to see it. It’s a suspenseful story, and I enjoyed the characters. The story does have a very slow place, though, I think because of the focus on the descriptions. But I was quite willing to move slowly through the world of wealth and art in 1924! Four and a half stars.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Received as a GoodReads giveaway. A historical mystery set in 1924, inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany and the art school he sponsored at his Laurelton Hall estate. The art, music and fashion of the era were vividly described, as was the lush beauty of Laurelton. It made me wish I could visit there sometime, but unfortunately Laurelton burnt to the ground in 1957 after many years of neglect. The characters and plot were carefully presented, with both the 1920s story and Jenny's past gradually rev Received as a GoodReads giveaway. A historical mystery set in 1924, inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany and the art school he sponsored at his Laurelton Hall estate. The art, music and fashion of the era were vividly described, as was the lush beauty of Laurelton. It made me wish I could visit there sometime, but unfortunately Laurelton burnt to the ground in 1957 after many years of neglect. The characters and plot were carefully presented, with both the 1920s story and Jenny's past gradually revealed. I correctly identified the culprit early on, and the plot development was a little TOO slow for my taste. I'd give it 4.5 out of 5 stars but decided to round up.
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