The Collector’s Apprentice

The Collector’s Apprentice

From The Bestselling Author of The Art Forger and The Muralist It?s the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris?broke, disowned, andcompletelyalone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fianc, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and t From The Bestselling Author of The Art Forger and The Muralist It?s the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year...

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Title:The Collector’s Apprentice
Author:B.A. Shapiro
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1616203587
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Collector’s Apprentice Reviews

  • Melissa
    Aug 12, 2018
    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...
  • Danielle
    Jul 16, 2018
    This was a highly fictionalized book inspired by Albert Barnes who created the collection now housed by the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.It's 1922 and Paulien Mertens is on the run after her fiance is revealed to be the head of a Ponzi scheme that everyone believes she too had a...
  • Sharon
    Sep 30, 2018
    I enjoyed the Art Forger so much and was looking forward to Shapiro?s latest work and perhaps it my level of expectation that jaded me, but whereas I was sympathetic to the forger in her first book, I found no likable characters in this one. Vivienne?s rich parents were more in lov...
  • Sherry
    Jun 21, 2018
    4.5 stars In 1922, after her family disowns her after because they were swindled by her fiance, Paula Mertens ends up in Paris where she remakes herself, changes her name, lives a life among famous painters, and she gets a job helping Edwin Bradley buy expensive art for his museum....
  • Julie Klein
    Jul 18, 2018
    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...
  • Alissa
    Jul 30, 2018
    A rich mystery with a historical setting and an unreliable narrator. The story shifts between the first meeting of Vivienne and Edwin and also the tale of the trial going on. ...
  • Daniel Villines
    Nov 04, 2018
    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...
  • Gail
    Jul 19, 2018
    This book has something for everyone: art, murder (or not), skullduggery, Paris, Philadelphia, and more art. Taking place in the 1920?s, it?s easy to follow along the jumps in time. Recommended. ...
  • Jennifer
    Aug 10, 2018
    I liked this book a lot. Love Shapiro and her representations of art. Sometimes I wish there were photographs to show the paintings she describes. I loved Vivienne and her courage to start a new life and be her own woman, learning a new trade and having an important job. I didn't love ...
  • Dottie Resnick
    May 07, 2018
    Beautifully written book following a young Belgium woman in the 1920's. After being deceived by her fianc, and her family and many others being conned by the same man, she moves to Paris to restart her life. After many menial jobs she is able to land a job as an interpreter, then ass...
  • Marianne
    Aug 20, 2018
    Paulien Mertens, AKA Vivienne Gregsby, is determined to get back what's been taken from her and her family by her fiance, a con man with global schemes. Can Vivienne beat him at his own game or will she find it impossible to let go of her feelings and join him for the ultimate con? B. ...
  • Beverly Diehl
    Nov 24, 2018
    4.5 Stars. Having recently been to Paris, and spent a fair amount of time in the art museums and cafes, admiring the paintings, I was immediately captured by the scenes in Paris. Paulien Mertens, who reinvented herself as Vivienne Gregsby, is on trial for murder. Using time cuts to ...
  • Alice
    Jun 25, 2018
    Wow, what a great book! I just love the Barnes, the old Barnes Museum in Marion. I had no idea that it was about that until I stated reading the book. This story and the characters kept me coming back- I think this the author's best yet (the Art Forger and the Muralist). Shifting tim...
  • Caroline
    Jul 12, 2018
    A great escape! And just when you think you know what will happen next, surprise. Discovered B.A. Shapiro a few years ago and absolutely love her books. Who knew the art world could be so thrilling! ...
  • Lynn
    Jun 02, 2018
    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...
  • Chris Markley
    Jul 22, 2018
    Paulien loves art and her dream is to share art with the world. After her world is shattered by her con man fiancee she has to reinvent herself and becomes Vivienne. As Vivienne she has the opportunity to reenter the art world as the adviser to wealthy collector Edwin Bradley. But when...
  • Linda
    Aug 06, 2018
    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...
  • Julia
    Nov 07, 2018
    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...
  • Colleen
    Nov 08, 2018
    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...
  • Lisa
    Sep 29, 2018
    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...
  • Jeanette
    Nov 05, 2018
    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...
  • Ashley Smith
    Jul 08, 2018
    Highly enjoyable, full review to come. ...
  • Linda Quinn
    Aug 11, 2018
    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...
  • Rljulie
    Jun 23, 2018
    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...
  • Tina Panik
    Aug 11, 2018
    Shapiro has done it again: art, intrigue, mystery, and betrayal, all rolled into one! This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC. ...
  • Laura Rash
    Jul 24, 2018
    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...
  • Siobhan
    Oct 12, 2018
    This is my first B.A. Shapiro novel and it did not disappoint. The novel takes place throughout the twenties, switching point of views and going between first and third person depending on the narrator. If you are into impressionist artists, the roaring twenties and some mystery/con ar...
  • Tx_Madrone
    Jun 21, 2018
    Thank you for the ARC @Ann_Collette. The Collector's Apprentice by @bashapiro was the perfect choice to take along on my vacation. As the fictional characters weave their story through a cast of historical figures & events, there is genuine suspense. Nothing and no one is quite wha...
  • Natalie
    Jul 02, 2018
    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...
  • Lynn Horton
    Nov 21, 2018
    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...