Monday 12 November 2018

#BlogTour A Light of Her Own by Carrie Callaghan @hfvbt @CarrieCallaghan

A Light of Her Own by Carrie Callaghan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Light of Her Own by Carrie Callaghan

Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Amberjack Publishing
Hardcover; 320 Pages
Genre: Fiction/Historical/Biographical

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.

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About the Author

Carrie Callaghan is a writer living in Maryland with her spouse, two young children, and two ridiculous cats. Her short fiction has appeared in Weave Magazine, The MacGuffin, Silk Road, Floodwall, and elsewhere. Carrie is also an editor and contributor with the Washington Independent Review of Books. She has a Master’s of Arts in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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 

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 

Sunday, November 18 

Monday, November 19 

Tuesday, November 20 

Wednesday, November 21 

Friday, November 23 

Monday, November 26 

Tuesday, November 27 

Wednesday, November 28 

Thursday, November 29 
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, November 30 

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


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 2 signed hardcovers of A Light of Her Own! To enter, please see the Gleam form below.
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A Light of Her Own

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting Carrie's blog tour & for your review!

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