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Haarlem Holland seventeenth century The city’s chief magistrate commissions a family portrait from Dutch master painter Johannes Miereveld But when the artist sees the magistrate’s daughter Amalia an illicit love affair begins Miereveld creates a captivating masterpiece The Chrysalis a stunning portrait of the Virgin Mary full of Catholic symbols that outrages his Protestant patron and signals the death of his careerNew York present day Mara Coyne is one high profile case away from making partner at her powerful Manhattan law firm and now the client that is sure to seal the deal has fallen into he. The story is really about a young aggressive attorney Mara who is assigned a case involving WWII Nazi stolen art The story starts out like fairly stereotypical romance novelbut then takes some twists I wanted to give it a higher rating but much of the book was a little formulated I understand it was her first book I liked Brigid of Kildare far better Would try some other of her books Her topics I find interesting involving characters searching out historical mysteries

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Egins to believe that Hilda’s tragic family story might be than just heartbreaking it might be true And the man she’s come to love might not be who she thought he was at allSpanning centuries and continents The Chrysalis is a brilliant intelligent fast paced thriller that melds art and history into a provocative work of fiction From the underground Catholicism in seventeenth century Holland to the unspeakable crimes of the Nazis and the repercussions that reverberate to this day throughout the art world Heather Terrell has created a fascinating story that will entrance readers to the very last pag. The premise was interesting three ideas that hooked me into the subject art history and the theft of art by the Nazis I began the book with much anticipation Unfortunately the writing was a bit over blown at times but the thing that really put me off and finally made me leave the book at the last moment Last chapter was that I found the protagonist Mara Coyne uite revolting I had found her morally slightly uestionable at firstbut by the middle of the book realised that here was a young woman that I would cross the street in order to avoid over indulged ghastly little madam I kept reading in hopes that she would see the light and redeem herself but alas her near redemption was rather a whiny self indulgent excuse fest Perhaps she did redeem herself in the last chapter but by then I was willing to chuck her and the book into the nearest lake Prince Philip Revealed of fiction From the underground Catholicism in seventeenth century Holland to the unspeakable crimes Toad of Toad Hall of the Nazis and the repercussions that reverberate to this day throughout the art world Heather Terrell has created a fascinating story that will entrance readers to the very last pag. The premise was interesting three ideas that hooked me into the subject art history and the theft Spelling Strategies & Secrets: The essential how to spell guide of art by the Nazis I began the book with much anticipation Unfortunately the writing was a bit Imagine Me off and finally made me leave the book at the last moment Last chapter was that I found the protagonist Mara Coyne uite revolting I had found her morally slightly uestionable at firstbut by the middle Beyond Temptation of the book realised that here was a young woman that I would cross the street in Past Due Debt Collection order to avoid Die Visioene Van Johanna Brandt over indulged ghastly little madam I kept reading in hopes that she would see the light and redeem herself but alas her near redemption was rather a whiny self indulgent excuse fest Perhaps she did redeem herself in the last chapter but by then I was willing to chuck her and the book into the nearest lake

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R lap The prestigious Beazley’s auction house is about to sell a lost masterwork The Chrysalis in an auction that is destined to become legendary Standing in the way however is the shocking accusation that the painting belongs not to Beazley’s client but to Hilda Baum the daughter of a Dutch collector who lost his paintings and his life to the NazisThe case brings an unexpected surprise when Mara discovers that Beazley’s in house attorney is Michael Roarke a man for whom she once had an intense attraction But the same skills that make her a brilliant litigator also make Mara suspicious and she b. I chose this book because its subject matter piued my interest Who rightly owns a painting of uestionable provenance that may have been confiscated by the Nazis Unfortunately despite its focus on art the book itself is artlessMara Coyne a New York lawyer is hired by an art auction house to prove that it is the legitimate owner of a Dutch painting titled The Chrysalis and that it is not the property of Hilda Baum who claims that the Nazis stole it from her father a Dutch art collector Helping her with the case is Michael Roarke the in house attorney for the auction house and Lillian Joyce its provenance department chief Besides describing the legal case and Mara s budding romantic relationship with Michael the book includes flashbacks to The Netherlands in the 1600s and the 1940s The pacing is uneven The first half of the book is very slow it details Mara s legal research in preparation for court The second half is very fast paced Mara makes a uick trip to London to get a piece of information that surely she could have been given over the phone or via email Events happen in a short space of time Is it likely that a person would make a uick decision to make someone a beneficiary after only a short acuaintance and for that same person to discover in a matter of days a distant ancestral relationship to a person who lived over 350 years earlier The first part of the book reads like a romance and the second part reads like a thriller in the style of The Da Vinci Code albeit a poor imitation of the latterThere are so many illogical events that aggravate Mara had had long conversations with a fellow student in an art class but she had never learned his name Michael a lawyer for an art auction house has to be told that a relationship between client and attorney is inappropriate and has to be explained the landscape of replevin law Lillian the provenance chief for the auction house is reluctant to give Mara her full assistance despite the fact that her employer needs her co operation in a case dependent on a clean provenance Lillian can claim a seventeenth century artist made masterful renderings of his subjects features when she has no evidence of what those subjects looked like Lillian has access to still classified World War II documents relating to art how would she come to have such documents in her possession and why would documents relating to Nazi looting of art be so secretive and then why would one of those documents be dog eared if it has not been available for anyone to read A map in a museum s public guidebook would include areas designated for storage Is it likely that a person of eighty odd years would still be working especially since she is independently wealthy A person who would not let Mara leave his sight or his touch minutes before let her escape his grasp and she did nothing to escape Mara has a plan to escape her captor that reuires him to get an unexpected call on his cellphone Is she prescient This brings to the forefront another problem with the novel characterization The author takes great pains to portray Mara as intelligent yet her handling of the cross examination of Hilda Baum is inept at best She wants to become a partner in her law firm but she risks it all to have an inappropriate sexual liaison Mara has an opportunity to escape when her captor accosts her in a caf but instead of asking the assistance of a waitress she accepts coffee with gracious thanks Even when threatened and afraid Mara was moved by the soaring ceiling and weightless cupola of a museum And Mara is not the only problem Her supposed best friend Sophia behaves in no way like a true friend would and her motivation is incomprehensible since Mara s decisions would not impact Sophia s ability to become a partner in the law firmIt is unfortunate that the author was unable to write an interesting book given the possibilities of the topic of Nazi confiscated artPlease check out my reader s blog and follow me on Twitter DCYakabuski


10 thoughts on “The Chrysalis

  1. says:

    This one has a lot of buzz going for it Fortunately the buzz doesn't entirely rely on the Da Vinci Codeness of the book While it has the same art as clue premise the action takes place in 1600s Holland Nazi Germany and the present day The search for the provenance of The Chrysalis a painting has fun twists and turns The historical viewpoint o

  2. says:

    The story is really about a young aggressive attorney Mara who is assigned a case involving WWII Nazi stolen art The story starts out like fairly stereotypical romance novelbut then takes some twists I wanted to give it a higher rating but much of the book was a little formulated I understand it was her first book I liked Brigid of Kildare far better Would try some other of her books Her topics I find interesting involving char

  3. says:

    When Mara Coyne is hired by a prestigious auction house to defend the legal ownership of a 17th century painting of the Virgin Mary from the claims of a Holocaust survivor she uncovers a web of deceit that has far reaching results Complicati

  4. says:

    The book weaves present time story of a law case involving a painting stolen during WWII and the 17th century story of a painter who created the paintingMara Coyne a lawyer takes a case involving The Chrysalis’s provenance “Provenance is the history of ownership of a prized object” As the prestigious Beasley’s auction house is about to sell the lost masterwork But in the way of selling it is an accusation of Hilda Baum the daught

  5. says:

    Ideal reading for a long airplane ride The book covers three time periods the 1600 when a young boy is making his way in a Holland that is devided along religious lines This mother is Catholic while his father is

  6. says:

    I chose this book because its subject matter piued my interest Who rightly owns a painting of uestionable provenance that may have been confiscated by the Nazis? Unfortunately despite its focus on art the book itself is artlessMara Coyne a New York lawyer is hired by an art auction house to prove that it is the legitimate owner of a Dutch painting titled The Chrysalis and that it is not the property of Hilda Baum who claims that t

  7. says:

    25 STARSHaarlem Holland seventeenth century The city’s chief magistrate commissions a family portrait from Dutch master painter Johannes Miereveld But when the artist sees the magistrate’s daughter Amalia an illicit love affair begins Miereveld creates a captivating masterpiece The Chrysalis–a stunning portrait of the Virgin Mary full of Catholic symbols that outrages his Protestant patron and signals the death o

  8. says:

    The premise was interesting three ideas that hooked me into the subject; art; history; and the theft of art by the Nazis I began the book with much anticipation Unfortunately the writing was a bit over blown at times but the thing that really put me off; and finally made me leave the book at the last moment La

  9. says:

    Ms Terrell's first this is a very good read The young lawyer striving to make partner draws an art auction house as a client The client is being sued by the elderly daughter of a Holocaust victim whose art collection was taken by the Nazi's The young lawyer does her best for her client but discovers something is

  10. says:

    This book was ok not one that I would recommend to scads of others though It was interesting but not enough to get swept off my feet

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