I finished reading Girl With A Pearl Earring yesterday. This is one of those books that I have intended to read for a long time, but never quite got around to, but I am so glad that I did in the end.
It tells the story of 16 year-old Griet, who goes to work as a maid for the Vermeer family in 17th Century Holland. This young woman inspires one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings and the descriptions of the portraits and of life of that period are rich and beautifully written.
I found it hard to get into this novel, more because I had other distractions rather than because of the way it is written ~ I started it twice because when I picked it up the second time, I could barely remember a word that I had read. I am so glad that I persevered and would encourage you to read it if like me, you are new to Tracy Chevalier's work.