A Light of Her Own

A Light of Her Own


In Holland 1633, a woman’s ambition has no place.

Judith is a painter, dodging the law and whispers of murder to try to become the first woman admitted to the Haarlem painters guild. Maria is a Catholic in a country where the faith is banned, hoping to absolve her sins by recovering a lost saint’s relic.

Both women’s destinies will be shaped by their ambitions, running counter to the city’s most powerful men, whose own plans spell disaster. A vivid portrait of a remarkable artist, A Light of Her Own is a richly-woven story of grit against the backdrop of Rembrandt and an uncompromising religion.

Story behind the story . . .

The documentary trail of Judith’s artistic career was so faint that only years after Judith’s death in 1660, collectors began attributing her few surviving paintings to other artists. She signed her work with only a beautiful, stylized monogram, and once she vanished, credit for her paintings went to Frans Hals, Jan Miense Molenaer, and others. It was only in 1893 when Cornelis Hofstede de Groot, while investigating a monogrammed painting attributed to Frans Hals, rediscovered Judith.

In A Light of Her Own, Judith is given the chance to live anew—as an artist in her own right—in the minds and hearts of art lovers.

Book Information
Author: Carrie Callaghan
Retail Price: $24.99
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 320
Genre: Historical Fiction
ISBN: 9781944995898
Published: November 13, 2018

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