My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A Light of Her Own by Carrie Callaghan
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Hardcover; 320 Pages
In Holland 1633, a woman’s ambition has no place.
Judith is a painter, dodging the law and whispers of murder to become the first woman admitted to the prestigious Haarlem artist’s guild. Maria is a Catholic in a country where the faith is banned, hoping to absolve her sins by recovering a lost saint’s relic.
Both women’s destinies will be shaped by their ambitions, running counter to the city’s most powerful men, whose own plans spell disaster. A vivid portrait of a remarkable artist, A Light of Her Own is a richly-woven story of grit against the backdrop of Rembrandt and an uncompromising religion.
A LIGHT OF HER OWN is the story about two women. Judith is a painter, and the very first woman to be admitted to the prestigious Haarlem artist's guild. Her best friend Maria is the daughter of Frans de Grebber, who Judith learned painting from. Maria is also Catholic, living in a land where the faith is banned.
A favorite book (and movie) of mine is GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING. So, guess I was intrigued when I learned about this book. About women painting in a time I thought there were just male painters. I just had to read the book. And, what an interesting story. Yes, this is a fictional story, but Judith Leyster really was admitted to the prestigious Haarlem artist's guild and it's not that far-fetched that she knew Maria. I greatly enjoyed reading about Maria and Judith in this a world with great religious antagonisms, not to mention a world where women painters was an anomaly. Another thing that I quite enjoyed was that the scheme initiated by Haarlem's powerful men that will affect both Maria and Judith's lives.
I quite enjoyed this book and this is definitely a book to read if you are interested in art or just want a well-written historical fiction.
About the Author
For more information, please visit Carrie Callaghan's website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, November 12
Feature at Naomi Finley's Blog
Review at A Bookaholic Swede
Tuesday, November 13
Review at A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, November 14
Interview at A Bookish Affair
Thursday, November 15
Review at Broken Teepee
Friday, November 16
Review at View from the Birdhouse
Sunday, November 18
Review at Carole's Ramblings
Monday, November 19
Review at Just One More Chapter
Feature at What Is That Book About
Tuesday, November 20
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, November 21
Review at Clarissa Reads it All
Friday, November 23
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Monday, November 26
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective
Tuesday, November 27
Review at What Cathy Read Next
Wednesday, November 28
Review at Pass Me That Book
Thursday, November 29
Interview at Passages to the Past
Friday, November 30
Review at Donna's Book Blog
Monday, December 3
Review & Interview at Reading the Past
Tuesday, December 4
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Wednesday, December 5
Review at I'm Shelf-ish
Thursday, December 6
Interview at Let Them Read Books
Friday, December 7
Review at Pursuing Stacie
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