The Blue

The Blue

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 int In eighteenth century London, porcelain is the most seductive of commodities; fortunes are made and lost upon it. Ki...

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Title:The Blue
Author:Nancy Bilyeau
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1911445626
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:439 pages pages

The Blue Reviews

  • Helen
    Dec 03, 2018
    Since reading the Joanna Stafford trilogy (The Crown, The Chalice and The Tapestry) a few years ago, I?ve been waiting and hoping for a new book from Nancy Bilyeau and here it is at last: The Blue. Bilyeau wrote so convincingly about Tudor England in the Joanna Stafford books that I ...
  • Elizabeth St.John
    Feb 17, 2019
    Nancy Bilyeau?s captivating novel ?The Blue? is a seduction in prose and knowledge, drawing the reader deeply into a world of intrigue, mystery and the pursuit of an elusive prize that has no boundaries in risk or trickery. From the moment we join Genevieve at an 18th century par...
  • ASDerban
    Dec 03, 2018
    I have just finished reading this book as a serial with The Pigeonhole and it gripped me from the first stave to the last. I even found myself re-reading each day's portion just to stay close to the story. It seems a perfect blend of many themes that interest me: history, of course! Ve...
  • Marie Z. Johansen
    Jan 01, 2019
    So Satisfying! When I read about this books background I was a bit ambivalent...but once I began reading I became enthralled! At it?s heart this book is a romance; one between two people and another about a countries romance with porcelain and the color blue. I learned so much ...
  • Christine
    Nov 23, 2018
    Disclaimer: Digital ARC via the publisher Genevieve has a problem. It isn?t that she is French living in England when relations between the two countries are not going well. It isn?t that she is Huguenot who cannot go to France because of that whole not-a-Catholic-we-slaughter-...
  • Amy Bruno
    Apr 12, 2019
    Well my reading year just kicked off with a BANG! Nancy Bilyeau has truly written a masterpiece of a novel! It has everything I look for in a good historical fiction novel - to be education yet entertained, to be taken back in time and immersed in a new world, and I loved every minute ...
  • Jo Barton
    Dec 04, 2018
    We have so much colour in our lives that we forget that there was a time when dyes and colours weren't as easily accessible. The Blue explores the details of the search for the perfect shade of blue, that dazzling, transcendent magic which transforms an ordinary piece of porcelain into...
  • Erika Robuck
    Feb 06, 2019
    Is there any reading more enjoyable than historical mystery that blends fact and fiction, and sends one straight to the internet seeking images to illuminate the already colorful prose between its pages? There is not, and THE BLUE, by Nancy Bilyeau, is just that kind of read. Set in...
  • Kate Quinn
    Feb 10, 2019
    A fascinating blend of religious strife, industrial espionage, court politics, and heady romance--not to mention the mesmerizing, cutthroat maneuvering behind the 18th century porcelain trade. The heroine is delightful, and the villain fascinating. Definitely a winner! ...
  • Suzanne
    Nov 28, 2018
    If you're reading these reviews and star ratings prior to the publication date of December 3, please be aware that while a limited number of copies have been distributed to bloggers, circulation of the book prior to publication was extremely limited (no ARCs, no NetGalley, etc.) Noneth...
  • Jenny Q
    Jan 14, 2019
    3.5 Stars. I very much enjoyed Nancy Bilyeau's Joanna Stafford trilogy, so I was excited to see she had a new book. In The Blue, she jumps forward two hundred years, leaving the Tudor era behind for the decadent Georgians, the scandalous court of Louis XV, and the porcelain rage that w...
  • Kathleen Kelly
    Nov 28, 2018
    As with any book by Nancy, I always learn something. I never knew that the color blue had such a significant place in history. Genevieve Planché is an English born woman but is actually a Huguenot and absolutely hates the French and all they stand for, including the King. She aspires ...
  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)
    Dec 26, 2018
    Porcelain. Not what I thought would make for exciting reading, but in this fabulous book, it's a commodity that drives politics, espionage, and obsession. I'm a longtime fan of Nancy Bilyeau's books: rich with drama and unforgettable characters, they are the kind of books that just ...
  • Judith Starkston
    Nov 28, 2018
    Fast-paced action, passionate emotions, international intrigue and life or death stakes propel the reader through this outstanding historical thriller set in 18th century London, Derby and France. Bilyeau depicts the world of 1758 with gorgeous detail. She immerses the reader, whet...
  • Cryssa
    Dec 13, 2018
    A suspenseful story about espionage in the 18th century porcelain industry. Genevieve is a realistically drawn and highly intriguing heroine. She?s strong and deeply independent and willing to risk anything for her dream of being an artist. Even if it means spying for a rival porcela...
  • Stephanie (Bookfever)
    Apr 21, 2019
    4.5/5? At that moment I do not feel that I've agreed to a spying-for-money scheme but something finer something extraordinary. The quest for blue. And something more. This is our shared obsession now. ?The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau I bought The Blue back in February because I sa...
  • Nicki
    Dec 03, 2018
    I read this book through The Pigeonhole, a free online book club and read it with other readers on the web. It was split into 10 parts, called staves, that I read through the nifty Pigeonhole app. I must admit I was first drawn to this book because of the stunning cover, plus I read...
  • Emma
    Nov 10, 2018
    Ok guys, I?m not going to beat around the bush about The Blue: this is simply the best historical novel I have read this year. I had already devoured and enjoyed three books by Nancy Bilyeau, set under the Tudors. The Blue surpasses them all. A superb combination of plot and resea...
  • Heather Webb
    Nov 30, 2018
    Under Bilyeau?s skillful hand, I was swept into the 18th century and the fascinating world of porcelain. In fact, I found myself digging around online in a mini research quest of my own to look into different kinds of porcelain, its history, and the scandals surrounding it--a sign of...
  • Cathy
    Dec 04, 2018
    Genevieve makes for a feisty, resourceful and independent-minded heroine. Finding her ambition to be an artist thwarted by her lack of independent means, her gender and the prejudices of the time, she unwillingly enters into a bargain that will see her come up against an equally resour...
  • Fran
    Dec 04, 2018
    England and France were embroiled in war on many fronts in 1758. The Seven Years War was raging. French, God-fearing Huguenots continued to seek refuge in England. Political and religious unrest produced fertile ground for spying. Ask Sir Gabriel Courtenay, a most unscrupulous nobleman...
  • Olga Miret
    Oct 25, 2018
    I am writing this review as a member of Rosie?s Book Review Team (authors, if you?re looking for reviews, I recommend you check her amazing site here), and I thank her and the publisher for providing me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review. As soon as I read the ...
  • Deborah
    Mar 20, 2019
    10. [The Blue] by [[Nancy Bilyeau]] Genevieve Planché is a young Huguenot employed to paint flowers on silk intended for ladies dresses, but she longs to become a real artist, painting in oil under the guidance of a great master. Alas, the cards are doubly stacked against her a...
  • Kathy
    Dec 04, 2018
    I have read all historical fiction written by this author. I left no notes on my previous reads, so I will try to serve myself better with reminders of what I liked about this stand alone book exploring the world of porcelain during reign of Louis XV. Our narrator is a young unmarried ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Jan 18, 2019
    This antique lover loved this book! 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 anticipat...
  • Amalia Gavea
    Dec 06, 2018
    ??London is alive. And so am I.?? 18th century, England. Genevieve comes from a Huguenot family that found shelter in England, persecuted in their own country due to their religious beliefs. In a time when the war with France is raging, Genevieve has to fight her own battl...
  • ✨Tamara
    Nov 16, 2018
    Outstanding! "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 de...
  • Pheadra
    Dec 03, 2018
    The best way to describe this book in a word is ?colourful?. Set in the 18th century in both England (for the main part) and France, it is the tale of a feisty, smart, talented young woman Genevieve Planché, a French Huguenot living in England. Her quick wit and unusual outlook on...
  • Moonkiszt
    Apr 15, 2019
    This was a good, quick, historically interesting read. Characters were ok - Genevieve felt too feisty, and seemed to be more a girl of now than the time period to which she was born. I liked the weaving in of true historical figures and their issues. The author did a good job of cre...
  • Julieta Almeida Rodrigues
    Nov 18, 2018
    What I most loved about The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau is the idea! How art and money combine to form a magnificent 18th century tale of international espionage. As the daughter of a Portuguese collector who did not miss a porcelain sale in the famous Lisbon auction houses, I was brought up...