Cornelia is the bastard daughter of a reputed madman, the famous Rembrandt—a once wealthy painter brought low. When her brother marries into wealth—and she captures the smile of a young man named Carel—she begins to dream that maybe life will improve.
A dream quickly squelched by her father’s careless attitude toward tradition, his failure to bow to the demands of Amsterdam society, and his complete disdain . . . for her. A disdain Cornelia cannot understand.
But then the boy, Carel, returns to her doorstep. And as her father’s anger grows, secrets begin to unravel. Because—like paintings—secrets have a way of surviving. Even in an era when death is as constant as the ringing of plague bells at Westerkerk church.
An excellent piece of YA historical fiction! Far more than just an imagined tale about a great painter, I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter is an earnest exploration of family, the power of love, and the meaning of true art.