Ever since I read The Woman in Gold and all of Ritter Ames' art theft books, I have been intrigued by the art authentication process. The Lover's Portrait by Jennifer S. Alderson leads the reader on a merry chase.
Zelda Richardson needs a recommendation to get into the Museum Studies Master's
program in the Netherlands. She has spent many fruitless years as a computer programmer in the United States and yearns for something more creative. She lands a job as an intern at the Amsterdam
Historical Museum working on an exhibition of art stolen by the Nazis.
Before long she is in the middle of two women claiming to own a painting by an insignificant artist.
Why are two women so determined to claim a painting by an unknown artist from the stolen art collection? The first woman tells the story of fleeing Amsterdam as a young child right before the Nazis occupied the city.
American Rita Brouwer believes Girl With a Vase as it has been called, is one painted by her sister's
The narrative dips back and forth between current day and the past to explain the background of how the painting came to be hidden and why. It is truly a treacherous and winding path to the truth and one of bravery and loyalty.
enjoyed this mystery. I hope Jennifer S. Alderson writes more books featuring Zoe Richardson. She is a headstrong, but determined character. For more books by Jennifer S. Alderson, click here.