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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
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Hardcover, 317 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Atria Books
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Dorie
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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.

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Jennifer
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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
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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 ...more
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
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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,
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Lisa Jablonsky
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
The Lit Bitch
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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 ...more
Kate Vocke
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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
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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
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Sharlene
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Tammy
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Dawn Wells
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Kaethe
May 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-shelf
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.

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Copy is here! I know what I am starting next.
Susan Peterson
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Shelby Brigham
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jamie
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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.
Jena Henry
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Denise
Jul 25, 2018 added it
"...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
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Reeca Elliott
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-app, netgalley
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
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Paige
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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imabookmagnet
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: won-it, 2018-reads
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
Nicole Evelina
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fiction
Review to come once it appears in Historical Novels Review.
Mary
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's an interesting book: historically correct and a good story line. In my opinion, the only downside was the ending. It cold have been stronger. All in all, a good read.
Brandee
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc
I loved this delicious novel. Such a perfect summer read. It was awash with colors, music, art, jewelry, and fashion. A book for all the senses. I didn't want it to end. I would love to see a graphic novel interpretation of MJ's books, especially this one.
Pernette
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose was extraordinary. In a world where 5 stars are the highest book rating, I would give this book 10 stars. It was one of the most amazing books I have read in a while. There are many reasons why I loved this book. First, let me start by saying an English professor would be elated by the use of descriptive language. That is itself was an art form. The use of color throughout the book made me see what Ms. Rose was describing. The Tiffany Estate, Loughton Hall, and the opu ...more
Taylor
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
In a lot of ways, I was a big fan of this book. But at the same time, I have some issues that I can't ignore which informed giving it a 3 star rating. Rose has created the meticulously intricate world of Louis' Tiffany's escape at Laurelton, an artist's retreat. I love that it started with a mystery of how it was burned to the ground, and then we roll back in time to put together the pieces. However, I felt that this novel was incredibly slow-moving, due to the amount of exacting detail, which t ...more
Linda
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
In 1920’s New York, art student Jenny Bell meets Minx, another talented art student who is also a wealthy heiress. Jenny has so many secrets from her past which threaten to overwhelm her, but Minx has secrets, too. Both women are selected for a summer study program at the Long Island estate of Louis Comfort Tiffany. It is evident that MJ Rose has not only researched the period extensively, but she has also created nuanced characters, and ended the story with a shocking revelation. A fascinating ...more
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New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and re
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