Synopsis
Plucky and headstrong Mildred Holland revelled in the eight years she and her husband, the vicar William Holland, spent travelling 1840s Europe, finding inspiration in recording beautiful artistic treasures and collecting exotic artifacts. But William’s new posting in a tiny Suffolk village is a world apart and Mildred finds a life of tea and sympathy dull and stifling in comparison. When a longed-for baby does not arrive, she sinks into despondency and despair. What options exist for a clever, creative woman in such a cossetted environment? A sudden chance encounter fires Mildred’s creative imagination and she embarks on a herculean task that demands courage and passion. Defying her loving but exasperated husband, and mistrustful locals who suspect her of supernatural powers, Mildred rediscovers her passion and lives again through her dreams of beauty. Inspired by the true story of the real Mildred Holland and the parish church of Huntingfield in Suffolk, the novel is unique, emotive and beautifully crafted, just like the history that inspired it.

Review The Huntingfield Paintress by Fany Van Hemelen:
The history of The Huntingfield Paintress is based on a true story and gentle told with lots of detail and historical facts

This is a book that slowly unfolds his beautiful story. In the 19th century Mildred, the wife of a vicar, is having trouble to fit in at the dull Suffolk village Huntingfield. From their travel experiences they have memories of great architectural buildings and churches. William has great dreams by God but Mildred (Millie named by her husband) is feeling lonely and unhappy. One day, they see the dark St Mary’s Church in Huntingfield and an unusual idea is going to be fulfilling her dreams. She is going to restore the church and is going to decorate the ceiling with her artistic touch. Mildred has almost no friends and in those days her plans are not popular and some people try to do everything to stop her.

This fiction novel is based by the events of the real Mildred Holland and is a sensitive book about what dreams people can have.
It is an intriguing glimpse in the past and the desires and achievements of a curious woman. I do think, after this novel, that Mildred Holland was a bold, creative and lovely woman who did fight for her believes and was a different role model for those days.

If you love a well-written history novel with people in a fascinating era, who do everything to achieve their passionate dreams you have to read this novel. Don’t expect a fast-paced novel,on the contrary.. you will discover a nicely build up plot in an emotional tale that connects with true facts.

Pamela Holmes was born in Charleston, South Carolina. At the age of eight, she moved with her family to England. She studied nursing at London University as a mature student having spent three years living on a commune in Somerset where she developed a love of gardening, milking cows and laying hedges. She became a health journalist and on-screen reporter. She now works and volunteers to improve the lives of older people including those with dementia, and she sings in a rock band. The Huntingfield Paintress is her first novel. She won the Jane Austen Short Story Award in 2014 and her latest work was awarded Highly Recommended in the HISSAC competition 2015. Pamela is the mother of two boys and lives in London with her husband.

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Titel: The Huntingfield Paintress | Leesfragment | Auteur: Pamela Holmes | Uitgeverij: Urbane Publications | Categorie: Historische romans | Uitvoering: paperback | 320 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781910692660 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: 2016 | Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 04-08-2019 | Prijs: €11,99 | Bestellen