Quite by accident, the three novels I chose to take with me to Holland were all set back in the 1600s, the country’s Golden Age.
The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas (of the Three Musketeers fame)
Dumas, best known for his swashbuckling romances, has based this novel on the trumped-up arrest and murder of the de Witte brothers, and the ramifications for their nephew who is in the process of nurturing a bulb that will produce the mythical black tulip. Lots of action!
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Novel about Amsterdam set in 1686, when a young woman marries into the family of a wealthy merchant, and the tragic undercurrents that are exposed in her furnishing of the miniature house she receives as a wedding present.
More of Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Books. This also works for Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Challenge: Book.