The House of Fortune

Jessie Burton

07 July 2022
416 pages


The Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller!

The sequel to Jessie Burton’s million-copy bestseller The Miniaturist, The House of Fortune returns to the mysterious Brandt family in 18th-century Amsterdam for a story of fate and fortune.

Elegant, atmospheric, compelling. I absolutely loved it’ - Marian Keyes
A book of beauty and insight . . . awe-inspiring. Burton is a master storyteller’ - Elizabeth Day

In the golden city of Amsterdam, in 1705, Thea Brandt is turning eighteen, and she is ready to welcome adulthood with open arms. At the city’s theatre, Walter, the love of her life, awaits her, but at home in the house on the Herengracht, all is not well – her father Otto and Aunt Nella argue endlessly, and the Brandt family are selling their furniture in order to eat. On Thea’s birthday, also the day that her mother Marin died, the secrets from the past begin to overwhelm the present.

Nella is desperate to save the family and maintain appearances, to find Thea a husband who will guarantee her future, and when they receive an invitation to Amsterdam’s most exclusive ball, she is overjoyed – perhaps this will set their fortunes straight.

And indeed, the ball does set things spinning: new figures enter their life, promising new futures. But their fates are still unclear, and when Nella feels a strange prickling sensation on the back of her neck, she remembers the miniaturist who entered her life and toyed with her fortunes eighteen years ago. Perhaps, now, she has returned for her . . .

The House of Fortune is a glorious, sweeping story of ambition, secrets and dreams, and one young woman’s determination to rule her own destiny.

Clever and satisfying . . . Burton is an acute observer . . . A worthy sequel, mature and thoughtful
Satisfying . . . a moving celebration of the possibilities for change and regeneration in life
A joyous read: compassionate, wise and fabulously immersive . . . a beguiling, tender sequel . . . Brilliant

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