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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 belov 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.


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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 belov 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.

30 review for Tiffany Blues

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    3.5 Lush, beautiful colors everywhere Jenny looked. The light shining ng through stained glass, beautiful flowers, verdant green woods, the peacocks and the water fountains, everywhere one looked at Laurelton, there was beauty. The estate of Louis Comfort Tiffany, an estate he opens for a few talented artists, where they can come and perfect their art in beauty and ease. Jenny and Minx, the only two women, both talented, both with secrets in their pasts, though Minx comes from a much more privil 3.5 Lush, beautiful colors everywhere Jenny looked. The light shining ng through stained glass, beautiful flowers, verdant green woods, the peacocks and the water fountains, everywhere one looked at Laurelton, there was beauty. The estate of Louis Comfort Tiffany, an estate he opens for a few talented artists, where they can come and perfect their art in beauty and ease. Jenny and Minx, the only two women, both talented, both with secrets in their pasts, though Minx comes from a much more priviledged background then Jenny. These few short weeks will change everything for them, changing their life's course in the outcome. As you probably can tell I loved the descriptions of the estate and the paintings as well. Definitely the highlight of the book for me. I'm not a lover of romance, especially when it involves so much of the story, so had I been my rating would probably have been higher. I did enjoy the history, a closer look at Tiffany and how he chose to live. Did feel for Jenny and what she went through in her past.nAlso included a look at spirituality, by way of the Quiji board and the spirit box, this being all the rage for the wealthy during this time period. Although a mixed read for me, there was much I enjoyed, so I am glad that I read this, for the beauty if nothing else. There is one line in this book that struck a chord for me, "I made it so I would never forget there is beauty even in broken things. That through the cracks, light still shines." A beautiful line.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Traveling Sister :)

    *NOW AVAILABLE* 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 *NOW AVAILABLE* 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    ★★★ Tiffany Blues is my least favorite M.J. Rose novel to date but it's still well worth the read. Although historical fiction, it is based on the nonfiction Louis Comfort Tiffany and his prestigious artist colony that was housed at his New York estate: Laurelton Hall in the early 1900's. According to the author, all art history facts about the late Mr. Tiffany are true (and she did her research!) but all other characters were drafted from her imagination. In addition to historical fiction, this ★★★½ Tiffany Blues is my least favorite M.J. Rose novel to date but it's still well worth the read. Although historical fiction, it is based on the nonfiction Louis Comfort Tiffany and his prestigious artist colony that was housed at his New York estate: Laurelton Hall in the early 1900's. According to the author, all art history facts about the late Mr. Tiffany are true (and she did her research!) but all other characters were drafted from her imagination. In addition to historical fiction, this novel incorporates art, trauma, mystery, family issues, social and criminal elements, media accountability, the aftermath of war, the idea of connecting with the dead, substance abuse/addiction, and romance. There's a lot here but it flows well and allowed me to stay invested in what turned out to be an interesting tale. I love Rose's ability to produce her one-of-a-kind hauntingly gothic romance, but in my opinion this element was lacking in Tiffany Blues. I think that's what brought this particular title down the totem pole for me personally. Sure, there is romance, and one particularly memorable paint-involved scene, but the focus lay elsewhere and in retrospect that's okay. I enjoyed it, learned from it, and was inspired by it...and if that's not a worthwhile reading experience then I don't know what is. My favorite quote: "There's no time, though, day or night, when you can't find something to delight and amaze you."

  4. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: I tried to make my voice light. My mother once told me I had a silver voice that tarnished when I wasn’t giving her the whole truth. I’ve just always viewed marriage as a job, and it’s not the job I want for myself in the foreseeable future. I felt as if I’d stepped inside a jewelry box. Everything shone and sparkled and glowed in gemstone shades We’re all broken in one way or another, but it’s through the cracks in our souls that the light comes through. And the light, Jenny, that’ Favorite Quotes: I tried to make my voice light. My mother once told me I had a silver voice that tarnished when I wasn’t giving her the whole truth. I’ve just always viewed marriage as a job, and it’s not the job I want for myself in the foreseeable future. I felt as if I’d stepped inside a jewelry box. Everything shone and sparkled and glowed in gemstone shades We’re all broken in one way or another, but it’s through the cracks in our souls that the light comes through. And the light, Jenny, that’s our art. My Review: Tiffany Blues wasn’t at all what I was expecting, and more the better. This was my first exposure to M.J. Rose and I now count myself her newest fan. Her clever combinations of words deftly painted rich and opulent pictures, equivalent in skill and technique to any of the Old Masters. My curiosity was quickly snagged by the intriguing prologue and continued forth as an ominous and haunting ambiance of tension, danger, and potential exposure of long-hidden secrets remained throughout, which kept me on edge and nibbling at my cuticles. The writing was lushly detailed with colorful and lavish descriptions of the well-appointed accommodations, feasts, gardens, and elegant clothing and décor. The storylines were gradually developed yet well-crafted, engaging, tragic, and captivating. I cannot imagine the amount of research involved in such an undertaking but I reveled in the fruits of her labor as I enjoyed learning many interesting little tidbits and history of the time as I was unaware of the trendy interest in spiritualism, the history of Ouija boards, and of Thomas Edison’s Spirit Phone - which I Googled to be certain, and he had actually labored with other scientists of the day toward “a telephone that calls beyond this realm to reach people who have passed.” As I neared the end I began to fret with increasing alarm that my niggling questions would be left unanswered. Silly me, I sighed a satisfied and relaxing breath at the clever conclusion. Well-played Ms. Rose, “there is beauty even in broken things.”

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    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? Jenny moved to New York after her mother died and enrolled in art school, but she couldn’t accept the talent she had as her friend Minx pushed her forward and as Jenny protested. We follow Jenny as we are made aware of the past that affected 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? Jenny moved to New York after her mother died and enrolled in art school, but she couldn’t accept the talent she had as her friend Minx pushed her forward and as Jenny protested. We follow Jenny as we are made aware of the past that affected her life since the tragedy in Canada as well as the effect it had on her current life in New York and her decision about using her talent as an artist in a court room. The court room needed an artist, but a courtroom was the last place Jenny wanted to be. Jenny finally did accept the court room position, and we get a glimpse into what happened in a courtroom long ago for her. We also see how she continues to improve her skills as she is accepted into the art school at Laurelton Hall owned by Louis Comfort Tiffany - a school that changed her life. TIFFANY BLUES is set during the Jazz Age. I loved learning about the lifestyle during that time and seeing famous names being woven into the story line. I especially enjoyed learning about Laurelton Hall in Long Island. The description of the landscape, the mansion, and the grounds was breathtaking. TIFFANY BLUES is a beautifully written, lyrical history lesson with an engaging, memorable story line and wonderful, authentic characters. Jenny was a well written, mysterious, but very appealing character. I felt bad for her and her life’s circumstances as well as what was happening to her at Laurelton Hall. 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 This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Reading.Between.Wines

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5 Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose literally broke my heart and put it back together again. What it's about: It is New York in the 1920s. Prohibition is in full swing, it's the Jazz Age, and Louis Comfort Tiffany has created an artists colony at his Laurelton Hall estate in Long Island. Jenny Bell is 24 and is selected to go to Laurelton Hall for a shot at winning a spot in Tiffany’s New York gallery at the end of the 8 week experience. Jenny goes with her best friend Minx Deering who she lives w ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose literally broke my heart and put it back together again. What it's about: It is New York in the 1920s. Prohibition is in full swing, it's the Jazz Age, and Louis Comfort Tiffany has created an artists colony at his Laurelton Hall estate in Long Island. Jenny Bell is 24 and is selected to go to Laurelton Hall for a shot at winning a spot in Tiffany’s New York gallery at the end of the 8 week experience. Jenny goes with her best friend Minx Deering who she lives with, and falls in love with the beautiful estate. She also ends up being drawn to Tiffany’s grandson Oliver. But Jenny has had a painful past that she is determined to hide from everyone around her; and when she gets to Laurelton Hall she finds out someone knows about her past and is determined to expose her. The cover of Tiffany Blues is gorgeous, and the inside is simply sublime. M.J. Rose is very descriptive in the way that she writes about Laurelton Hall specifically, but also the rest of the book as well. If you are a person that doesn't like a ton of details, you might have to skim this one a bit. But for me, it completely enhanced the story and I loved trying to picture the estate and New York as it was back then. I was constantly rooting for Jenny throughout the novel, and my heart broke for her multiple times as I learned new things about her past and felt her pain in the present. The book is mostly set in the 20s but the prologue and epilogue are set afterwards in 1957. I LOVED the author's note in the beginning of the book as well, where we learn there are some fictional characters like Minx and Jenny, but most of the things in the book are completely fact. Now THAT is how you do historical fiction ladies and gentlemen. Final Thought: There were a couple of things that irked me and made this fall short of a 5 star book for me, but overall I really enjoyed it. It is also pretty short at just over 300 pages, and the pages turned very quickly for me once I got into it (which didn't take long). This was my first time reading M.J. Rose but it will definitely not be my last. The mystery and dash of romance, combined with some hidden secrets, made this book a page-turner for me that I didn't want to put down.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    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, 2018 Genre: Historical Fiction | Suspense Print Length: 336 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Jablonsky

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    I’ve been a fan of M.J. Rose for quite some time. She always writes really rich and atmospheric novels of romance and historical fiction blended together. I love her Reincarnationist series is really fun but I got hooked on her books with her Daughters of La Lune books! She has this great storytelling style that never seems to fail in any of her series’. She always has this velvety tone and it never fails to hook me. So when this book came up for review, to say I was thrilled was a complete unders I’ve been a fan of M.J. Rose for quite some time. She always writes really rich and atmospheric novels of romance and historical fiction blended together. I love her Reincarnationist series is really fun but I got hooked on her books with her Daughters of La Lune books! She has this great storytelling style that never seems to fail in any of her series’. She always has this velvety tone and it never fails to hook me. So when this book came up for review, to say I was thrilled was a complete understatement. More like I was swooning at not only the fact that a new MJ Rose novel was coming out, but the summary sounded so exciting and I was eagerly awaiting the day that I could start this book! Ok first of all, can I just say how much I love Tiffany’s? I own several pieces of Tiffany jewelry (sadly no diamonds of gemstones) and even though it’s just sterling silver, every time I wear them I feel special and elegant. Tiffany’s understands that feeling and it’s goal is to make everyone feel like that. In this book, that’s exactly what Rose aims to do—create something special. So this book wasn’t actually about jewelry or the diamond business or anything that the name Tiffany’s might evoke. It was a book about love and artists. I was actually kind of surprised by this because I thought with a name like ‘Tiffany Blues’, the book would be more about the jewelry company, however it focuses on the Tiffany family’s design artist. While this was kind of a surprise for me, I still enjoyed reading it! This is a work of historical fiction so I am sure the author took a few creative liberties which I didn’t mind. I don’t know much about the Tiffany family beyond the famous name and blue color scheme, so I don’t know how much was truth and how much was fiction and frankly I didn’t care. Rose does a marvelous job creating a rich and elegant setting and characters for her book—-real or made up, I loved them! True to Rose’s form, she writes with this almost lyrical elegance that I can easily recognize as her signature style. I was completely wrapped up in the characters from almost the very beginning. I read this book rather quickly. I squeezed it into my review schedule because I wanted to read it so bad. I did so with the hope that I could read it quickly—-and I did. It was an excellent read and went very fast. The one thing I was a little disappointed with was the cover art. Trivial I know, but I just didn’t like it that much. It had vivid colors but I would have liked to have seem the author capitalize on the Tiffany name a little more in this picture. It just seemed like a missed opportunity. See my full review here

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

    Thank you so much to Get Red PR and Atria Books for providing my free copy of TIFFANY BLUES by MJ Rose - all opinions are my own. This book is so gorgeous inside and out. Set during the Jazz Age with a backdrop of New York’s roaring 1920s, we follow twenty-four-year-old Jenny Bell. Jenny has had a difficult, tumultuous past but eventually makes her way to Manhattan to study art. She befriends another artist and socialite, Minx, and unbeknownst to Jenny submits both of their work for a fellowship Thank you so much to Get Red PR and Atria Books for providing my free copy of TIFFANY BLUES by MJ Rose - all opinions are my own. This book is so gorgeous inside and out. Set during the Jazz Age with a backdrop of New York’s roaring 1920s, we follow twenty-four-year-old Jenny Bell. Jenny has had a difficult, tumultuous past but eventually makes her way to Manhattan to study art. She befriends another artist and socialite, Minx, and unbeknownst to Jenny submits both of their work for a fellowship with the Tiffany Foundation. Jenny and Minx are accepted and invited to spend eight weeks at Laurelton Hall in Long Island, the home of Louis Comfort Tiffany, design director of Tiffany & Co. This artist colony is known as “a paradise of light and color, art and nature” so of course Jenny accepts the invitation. But does Jenny’s dark past come back to haunt her? If you enjoy historical fiction with vibrant settings, mystery, suspense, and romance, then this one is for you. You can always tell when an author is talented if she seamlessly weaves historical facts with beautiful fiction - and this one is superbly done. The character development is excellent and I really enjoyed following Jenny through this world of art. Everything from the stained glass, the descriptions of color, the beautiful designs, the fashion, the music, to the kaleidoscope of the art world - I felt like I was right there. Although, I should probably mention that I love stories set in the 1920s and I love stories that revolve around art so this one is definitely in my wheelhouse. I also love a good mystery and this one kept me flipping the pages. Alternating between past and present, I was completely wrapped up in this story. The rich, lush prose had me under a spell and I was mesmerized by the power of art and beauty. TIFFANY BLUES is a must read for anyone who loves fascinating historical settings.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    1924, New York. Jenny Ball is one of a dozen burgeoning artist invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany's distinguished artist colony. She has always dreamed about becoming a painter and now together with a close friend the dream is starting to become real. Jenny wants to travel to Paris and study art there, and this stay at the art colony is a start. Little does she know that her past will rear its ugly head. That the past she has tried to leave behind will turn staying at Laurelton Hall to not a dream 1924, New York. Jenny Ball is one of a dozen burgeoning artist invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany's distinguished artist colony. She has always dreamed about becoming a painter and now together with a close friend the dream is starting to become real. Jenny wants to travel to Paris and study art there, and this stay at the art colony is a start. Little does she know that her past will rear its ugly head. That the past she has tried to leave behind will turn staying at Laurelton Hall to not a dream come true, rather a nightmare. READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!

  13. 5 out of 5

    MaryBeth's Bookshelf

    Jenny Bell is a new artist, trying to escape a horrific past. When she is invited by Louis Comfort Tiffany to learn at his art institute, she takes the opportunity in the hopes of making a name for herself. I was very interested in reading this book because I love historical fiction and I love art. I found the book to be slow at times and somewhat confusing. According to the summary, the book is about her time at this summer art institute, yet it takes forever for her to get there. Jenny seemed a Jenny Bell is a new artist, trying to escape a horrific past. When she is invited by Louis Comfort Tiffany to learn at his art institute, she takes the opportunity in the hopes of making a name for herself. I was very interested in reading this book because I love historical fiction and I love art. I found the book to be slow at times and somewhat confusing. According to the summary, the book is about her time at this summer art institute, yet it takes forever for her to get there. Jenny seemed a bit one-dimensional to me. But I am one person and many people are loving this book, so please take this with a grain of salt. This one just wasn't for me, but that doesn't mean it wasn't good.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kate Vocke

    Love Love Love this Book!!! Tiffany Blues is captivating, mysterious, romantic, and magical! I am SO glad I gave this book a chance. I know we aren't supposed to but I ALWAYS judge books by their covers, not that this books cover isn't beautiful (in fact the inside covers look like Tiffany stained glass- so pretty!) - it's just that it's designed like the covers of books that I do not typically read. I don't read romance that often, I don't read much historical fiction, and THIS BOOK might have Love Love Love this Book!!! Tiffany Blues is captivating, mysterious, romantic, and magical! I am SO glad I gave this book a chance. I know we aren't supposed to but I ALWAYS judge books by their covers, not that this books cover isn't beautiful (in fact the inside covers look like Tiffany stained glass- so pretty!) - it's just that it's designed like the covers of books that I do not typically read. I don't read romance that often, I don't read much historical fiction, and THIS BOOK might have changed that. The book follows Jenny Bell, and a really interesting group of artists in the 1920's through 50's who retreat to the esteemed and gorgeous NY Laurelton Hall estate of Louis Comfort Tiffany (Tiffany as in - Tiffany lamps and pretty little blue boxes of expensive jewelry) to draw, paint, sculpt and broaden their artistic abilities. This really happened! I'm was enthralled by the history of this artistic foundation he created, and had not heard of it in the past. The creatives are not real characters (although, yes, Mr. Tiffany is, most are not) but are a fun cast to follow - through romance, secrets, mystery, theft, drugs, murder, arson - and more! The setting of Laurelton Hall is almost a character in itself as Rose paints vivid pictures of the beautiful estate where most of the story takes place. Oh, to have seen this place in it's glory days, before sadly it was burnt to the ground. This is a fictional story that MJ Rose imagines how that devastating fire came to be. I enjoyed every minute of this book and I didn't want it to end. I'm not big on mushy romance, but this was not that book. There was just a touch of romantic scenes - just enough. And again, also not big on history, but this had just the right amount to set the tone and background of the story. There were plenty of twists and turns and from start to finish the story wove seamlessly and captured my heart. Must read. You won't be disappointed!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bam

    *3.5 stars rounded up. Jennifer Bell comes to New York City in the midst of the Roaring 20s hoping for a fresh start, to pursue her dream of becoming an artist and leave the secrets of her past behind. While taking classes at the Art Students League of New York, she meets Millicent Deering, aka 'Minx,' a wealthy, flirtatious socialite who takes her under her wing. Through Minx's machinations, both young artists are offered the opportunity to spend eight weeks at Louis Comfort Tiffany's artists c *3.5 stars rounded up. Jennifer Bell comes to New York City in the midst of the Roaring 20s hoping for a fresh start, to pursue her dream of becoming an artist and leave the secrets of her past behind. While taking classes at the Art Students League of New York, she meets Millicent Deering, aka 'Minx,' a wealthy, flirtatious socialite who takes her under her wing. Through Minx's machinations, both young artists are offered the opportunity to spend eight weeks at Louis Comfort Tiffany's artists colony on Long Island, in his fabulous mansion and grounds filled with color and light. Fourteen artists will be vying with each other for the grand prize at the end of their stay. Tiffany is intrigued by Jennifer's fixation on light and shadow. But why does she always work in graphite, in shades of black, white and grey, when the world around her is bursting with color? Is some trauma from her past haunting her? What will bring her out of her funk? Will it be falling in love? M.J. Rose is a master of lush, beautiful descriptions that bring the art of Tiffany to life in these pages. The setting was fabulous! I loved being immersed in all that beauty, imagining being there. Her characters are quite interesting too, although I didn't always accept their reasons for certain actions--and that knocked the star-rating down a bit. I received an arc of this lovely work of historical fiction from the publisher vis NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thanks to them for the opportunity.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharlene

    A very vivid look at the world of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his Laurelton Hall told through the story of two young women from very different worlds that convene there for his artist colony. Through the beautiful writing of MJ Rose you will feel as if you are part of that time, the glamour and the glitz of the 20s. This is a beautiful story of secrets, mystery, ruin, love and loss. Highly recommend for all historical fiction readers. 5 stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    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!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Wells

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kaethe

    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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Jenny Bell has run away from a dark past in Hamilton, Ontario and has found her way to New York with a new name, new look and a continuing dream to be an artist. Now, in 1924 Jenny's magnificent studies in black, white and grays in an attempt to capture light have won her a coveted spot in Louis Comfort Tiffany's art colony in Long Island along with her friend Minx. Jenny is inspired by the beauty around her, especially that of Mr. Tiffany's grandson, Oliver. However, the anxiety of her past cat Jenny Bell has run away from a dark past in Hamilton, Ontario and has found her way to New York with a new name, new look and a continuing dream to be an artist. Now, in 1924 Jenny's magnificent studies in black, white and grays in an attempt to capture light have won her a coveted spot in Louis Comfort Tiffany's art colony in Long Island along with her friend Minx. Jenny is inspired by the beauty around her, especially that of Mr. Tiffany's grandson, Oliver. However, the anxiety of her past catching up to her stays with Jenny especially when another artist begins to hint at knowing her past. Engaging and mysterious, M.J. Rose has taken the unfortunate burning of Louis Comfort Tiffany's Laurelton Hall and created a story of beauty, danger and intrigue. Jenny's character brought me into the story with her puzzling past and intricate artwork. Her refusal to use color in her art was a conundrum considering she saw color in everything else, including people's voices. Rose's writing masterfully created a world of art, color and light; I could perfectly see paintings, imagine Laurelton Hall and the way the sun shone through the stained glass windows. The mystery was well crafted with a slow reveal of Jenny's past, who was torturing her with that knowledge in the present and stolen Tiffany jewels. The Jazz Age was also brought alive in speakeasies, bootleggers, the grandeur of Laurelton Hall and the spiritualism that so many people believed in. Overall, an engaging and fascinating mystery that brings together history, mystery, art and spiritualism. This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    Tiffany Blues is a wondrous blend of historical fiction, romance, and mystery. This book transports readers to the 1920’s, to a world filled with beauty, young love, and deeply-guarded secrets. The characters in this book leap off the pages as we are brought into their world. Jenny Bell is a young, gifted artist, who is broken...looking for love and light and a future far away from her dismal, tormented past. The author’s gift for storytelling is enhanced by her ability to create vivid images of Tiffany Blues is a wondrous blend of historical fiction, romance, and mystery. This book transports readers to the 1920’s, to a world filled with beauty, young love, and deeply-guarded secrets. The characters in this book leap off the pages as we are brought into their world. Jenny Bell is a young, gifted artist, who is broken...looking for love and light and a future far away from her dismal, tormented past. The author’s gift for storytelling is enhanced by her ability to create vivid images of beauty and despair....the brilliance of stained glass and precious gems, the dazzling displays in nature, that are in conflict with the ugliness that permeates the world, always reminding us that there is beauty even in the broken things.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    If you like historical fiction, especially the early Twentieth Century, this is a don't miss.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Brigham

    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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jena Henry

    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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    "...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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Reeca Elliott

    Jenny is a talented artist with a huge secret. She moves to NYC to escape her past. But as you can imagine, her past comes back to haunt her in very unusual ways. Jenny is a complex character. She only paints in monochromatic. She refuses to paint in color. When she is chosen to be an studying artist at the Louis Comfort Tiffany's artist colony, she opens her mind and her heart to color and to love. I love everything about this story. The history surrounding Tiffany, his mansion and his glass com Jenny is a talented artist with a huge secret. She moves to NYC to escape her past. But as you can imagine, her past comes back to haunt her in very unusual ways. Jenny is a complex character. She only paints in monochromatic. She refuses to paint in color. When she is chosen to be an studying artist at the Louis Comfort Tiffany's artist colony, she opens her mind and her heart to color and to love. 
I love everything about this story. The history surrounding Tiffany, his mansion and his glass company is captivating and unique. I love a book that has me googling! I also enjoy the way M.J. Rose always weaves mysticism in her stories. This time it is with Ouija boards and Thomas Edison's spirit phone and yes...I googled that too and it did exist!
 Toward the end of this book, I just kept reading faster and faster. Some jewelry came up missing. Well, of course they blamed Jenny, because of her past. She was in a reform school for a crime she did not commit. See! You have got to read this book to find out! So, I could not let her suffer again...I had to read faster to get her out of this mess. I so enjoy books that keep you moving and gasping for air.
 M.J Rose has out done herself with this book. I never thought she would come close to The Book Of Lost Fragrances . She is very skillful in her storytelling. She weaves history, mystery, love and family into a tangled web of intrigue and complete enthrallment!
 She is one author I would love to sit down and have a cup of coffee and pick her brain. No telling what stories she can tell.
I received this novel from Atria Books via Netgalley for a honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    SuperWendy

    This book really ended up annoying me and I wonder if it would have worked better had I tried to read it instead of listening to the audio version. I'm so over barely competent heroines and yes, I'm well aware Jenny had a traumatic past but by the halfway point I was ready to smack her into next Tuesday. I also found it highly dubious that she coughs up her virginity and Big Secret (one she's been hiding for 8 YEARS!!!) to the first handsome man who turns her head - instead of sharing those secr This book really ended up annoying me and I wonder if it would have worked better had I tried to read it instead of listening to the audio version. I'm so over barely competent heroines and yes, I'm well aware Jenny had a traumatic past but by the halfway point I was ready to smack her into next Tuesday. I also found it highly dubious that she coughs up her virginity and Big Secret (one she's been hiding for 8 YEARS!!!) to the first handsome man who turns her head - instead of sharing those secrets with her BFF or the incredibly patient man back in New York City who falls in love with her (and honestly that guy gets hosed in this story - I felt sorry for him). Because Jenny has the personality of a skittish colt, and because the audio narrator does her job exceedingly well, she basically comes off as nearly hysterical in the audio version. And the male characters who want to "fix her" and coax her back to using color in her art come off as saccharinely paternalistic. And the repetition! Look, I know we're talking Louis Comfort Tiffany here - but if I heard the word "light" once I heard it eleventy billion times. "Color" and "beauty" were also used ad nauseam YES, WE GET IT ALREADY! EVERYTHING IS LIGHT AND COLOR AND BEAUTY AND GO JUMP IN THE LILY POND ALREADY!!!! I did keep listening mostly because I was too far into it by the time I realized I was really annoyed - only to be disappointed by the all too conveniently explained denouement. Not a success for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    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!

  30. 5 out of 5

    imabookmagnet

    I felt this book was beautifully written. I loved the characters, they felt real to me. BUT if it was meant to be suspenseful it failed

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