Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau blog tour hosted by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours! I have a review and giveaway for you so make sure to read all the way to the bottom to check it out.
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 descendent of Huguenots, and she longs to be a painter. Venice is where she anticipates accomplishing her dream.
Sir Gabriel Courtney and Genevieve cross paths, and he offers her the chance to go to Venice…if she works for him on a special task: finding out the secret behind the color blue.
With this assignment, Genevieve finds out the secrets of porcelain, as well as the “craft” of industrial espionage.
This antique lover fell for the storyline all the way. Learning the process of porcelain-making was riveting, especially when learning how important blue was to the craft. Genevieve is a beautifully drawn character, and the exploration of greed on the hunt for success was carefully rendered. In addition, Bilyeau’s writing was lovingly descriptive, and I was transported to fascinating Derby Porcelain Works.
Thank you to the author for the complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau
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?
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Praise for The Blue
A Goodreads’ Recommended Choice for Historical Novel in December 2018 Newslette and a BookBub Editors’ Choice/New Releases
“Nancy Bilyeau, whose wonderful Crown trilogy I hugely enjoyed, has just published a new novel, The Blue, which I highly recommend.” – Alison Weir
“Historical fans will be well satisfied.” – Publishers Weekly
“…transports the reader into the heart of the 18th century porcelain trade—where the price of beauty was death.” – E.M. Powell, author of the Stanton & Barling medieval mystery series.
“Bilyeau is an impressive talent who brings to life a heart-stopping story of adventure, art and espionage during the Seven Years War.” – Stephanie Dray, bestselling author of My Dear Hamilton
“With rich writing, surprising twists, and a riveting sense of ‘you are there,’ The Blue is spine-tingling entertainment.” – Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins
About the Author
Nancy Bilyeau is the author of the historical thriller “The Blue” and the Tudor mystery series “The Crown,” “The Chalice,” and “The Tapestry,” on sale in nine countries. She is a magazine editor who has lived in the United States and Canada.
In “The Blue,” Nancy draws on her own heritage as a Huguenot. She is a direct descendant of Pierre Billiou, a French Huguenot who immigrated to what was then New Amsterdam (later New York City) in 1661. Nancy’s ancestor, Isaac, was born on the boat crossing the Atlantic, the St. Jean de Baptiste. Pierre’s stone house still stands and is the third oldest house in New York State.
Nancy, who studied History at the University of Michigan, has worked on the staffs of “InStyle,” “Good Housekeeping,” and “Rolling Stone.” She is currently the deputy editor of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the Research Foundation of CUNY and a regular contributor to “Town & Country” and “The Vintage News.”
Nancy’s mind is always in past centuries but she currently lives with her husband and two children in New York City.
Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday, January 9
Review at A Bookish Affair
Thursday, January 10
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Friday, January 11
Review at Let Them Read Books
Saturday, January 12
Interview at Passages to the Past
Monday, January 14
Review at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, January 15
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Wednesday, January 16
Excerpt at Umut Reviews
Thursday, January 17
Review at Reading the Past
Friday, January 18
Review at Tar Heel Reader
During the Blog Tour we will be giving away an eBook of The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
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