The Blue

The Blue Review

In eighteenth century London, porcelain is the most seductive of commodities; fortunes are made and lost upon it. Kings do battle with knights and knaves for possession of the finest pieces and the secrets of their manufacture.

For Genevieve Planché, an English-born descendant of Huguenot refugees, porcelain holds far less allure; she wants to be an artist, a painter of international repute, but nobody takes the idea of a female artist seriously in London. If only she could reach Venice.

When Genevieve meets the charming Sir Gabriel Courtenay, he offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse; if she learns the secrets of porcelain, he will send her to Venice. But in particular, she must learn the secrets of the colour blue…

The ensuing events take Genevieve deep into England’s emerging industrial heartlands, where not only does she learn about porcelain, but also about the art of industrial espionage.

With the heart and spirit of her Huguenot ancestors, Genevieve faces her challenges head on, but how much is she willing to suffer in pursuit and protection of the colour blue?

Title:The Blue
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Amalia Gavea

    ‘’London is alive. And so am I.’’ 18th century, England. Genevieve comes from a Huguenot family that found shelter in England, persecuted in their own country due to their religious beliefs. ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    This antique lover loved this book! In the 1700s, porcelain is at the center of London in every way. It is traded like money and is possibly more valuable. Genevieve Planche is an English born descend...

  • Fran

    England and France were embroiled in war on many fronts in 1758. The Seven Years War was raging. French, God-fearing Huguenots continued to seek refuge in England. Political and religious unrest produ...

  • ?Tamara

    Outstanding!"In eighteenth century London, porcelain is the most seductive of commodities; fortunes are made and lost upon it. Kings do battle with knights and knaves for possession of the finest piec...

  • Cathy

    Genevieve makes for a feisty, resourceful and independent-minded heroine. Finding her ambition to be an artist thwarted by her lack of independent means, her gender and the prejudices of the time, she...

  • Kathy

    I have read all historical fiction written by this author. I left no notes on my previous reads, so I will try to serve myself better with reminders of what I liked about this stand alone book explori...

  • Emma

    Ok guys, I’m not going to beat around the bush about The Blue: this is simply the best historical novel I have read this year. I had already devoured and enjoyed three books by Nancy Bilyeau, set un...

  • Kate Quinn

    A fascinating blend of religious strife, industrial espionage, court politics, and heady romance--not to mention the mesmerizing, cutthroat maneuvering behind the 18th century porcelain trade. The her...

  • Judith Starkston

    Fast-paced action, passionate emotions, international intrigue and life or death stakes propel the reader through this outstanding historical thriller set in 18th century London, Derby and France. Bil...

  • Olga Miret

    I am writing this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team (authors, if you’re looking for reviews, I recommend you check her amazing site here), and I thank her and the publisher for provid...