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The Fugitive Colours (Genevieve Planché Book 2) by [Nancy Bilyeau]

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NANCY BILYEAU, a Michigan native, has worked as an editor on the staffs of InStyle, Rolling Stone, and Good Housekeeping. Passionate about history and art, she wrote an award-winning trilogy set in Tudor England before creating a heroine, Genevieve Planché, who holds personal significance. Nancy is descended from a Huguenot settler who came to America in 1661 and draws on her fascination with FrenchProtestant refugees when writing the character of Genevieve Planché, a Huguenot artist. Today Nancy lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children. --This text refers to the paperback edition.


"Nancy Bilyeau's sequel to her breakout hit The Blue is a riveting read in its own right: a woman of ambition, and the net that weaves to take her down. Resourceful Genevieve Sturbridge struggles to keep her silk-weaving business, her family, and her own nearly-crushed dreams of being an artist alive in the stifling constraints of eighteenth century London, only to find herself embroiled in a web of plotting portraitists, seething courtiers, and international spies. Deftly written and deeply atmospheric, The Fugitive Colours is a book you'll have trouble putting down!" Kate Quinn, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Diamond Eye

"A worthy successor to Nancy Bilyeau's excellent The Blue. Genevieve Planché is back with another edge-of-your-seat mystery, packed with fascinating characters and rich, well-researched historical detail. The Fugitive Colours proves that Bilyeau is one of the best authors of historical thrillers working today." - Olivia Hawker, bestselling author of One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow

"The world of eighteenth-century London comes vividly to life in Nancy Bilyeau's The Fugitive Colours-a sequel to The Blue, which is also a compelling read as a standalone novel. She transports us to a time when the divisions between science and alchemy, artists and artisans, and friends and foes were difficult to distinguish, and invites us to experience a new chapter with her protagonist, Genevieve, who must now balance her responsibilities as a mother, small business owner, and wife, in addition to her dreams of making a mark as a painter. Highly recommended." - Finola Austin, author of Bronte's Mistress

"We're transported to 1760s London, the silk-design shop of Genevieve Sturbridge, the heroine of The Blue, a fearless, determined woman whose aspirations to be an artist got her entangled once in a world of spying and intrigue, shifting allegiances and yes, murder and will do so again in short order in The Fugitive Colors. It's a heady brew that Bilyeau mixes up, served up in the finest of crystalline prose." - Timothy Miller, author of The Strange Case of the Dutch Painter

"Recommended for readers who enjoyed The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton, and The Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier." - Laurel Ann Nattress,

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09M74M6FP
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lume Books (12 May 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1953 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 306 pages
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If you tell Nancy Bilyeau that reading one of her historical novels of suspense is like strapping yourself into a time machine, you'll make her a happy woman. She loves crafting immersive historical stories, whether it's the Gilded Age of New York in "Dreamland" and "The Ghost of Madison Avenue," the 18th-century European porcelain workshops in "The Blue," or Henry VIII's tumultuous England in "The Crown," "The Chalice," and "The Tapestry."

In "The Blue," Nancy drew on her own heritage as a Huguenot. She is a direct descendant of Pierre Billiou, a French Huguenot who immigrated to what was then New Amsterdam (later New York City) in 1661. Nancy's ancestor, Isaac, was born on the boat crossing the Atlantic, the St. Jean de Baptiste. Pierre's stone house still stands and is the third oldest house in New York State.

Her upcoming historical novel, "The Fugitive Colours," is a sequel to "The Blue." It's set in the fevered art world of 1764 London, where painters would go to any lengths for money and power, and tells what happens when one woman artist takes on this dangerous world. It will be published in May 2022.

Nancy's mind is always in past centuries but she currently lives with her husband and two children in upstate New York. Her quest to cook the perfectly flavored cassoulet is ongoing.

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Elizabeth Gayle Fellows
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fugitive Colours
Reviewed in Canada on 24 May 2022
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janet fauble
4.0 out of 5 stars A Genevieve Sturbridge novel in crime infested London
Reviewed in the United States on 22 May 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Keeps Building!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Keeps Building!
Reviewed in the United States on 13 May 2022
The gift of quality historical fiction is that the author not only entertains but educates us, taking us into the intimate world of characters often foreign to our twenty-first century minds. Against the backdrop of the Huguenot community in London’s Spitalfields and its silk weavers, Nancy Bilyeau has again skillfully done this, bringing us into a ‘sense of place and time’ in THE FUGITIVE COLORS.
The story picks up from where we left Genevieve Planché several years before in THE BLUE, now drawing us into the complex world of 1764 London following Britain’s defeat of the French after seven years of war. Despite it being a world where men control the arts, science, philosophy and---women, Genevieve is fueled by her passion and determination to become a recognized artist, triggering unexpected consequences for her family and those she loves.
The story slowly builds, teasing us as multi layers with twists and turns involving covetous greed, spies, forbidden investigation into the occult, blackmail and murder are deftly exposed with Genevieve firmly in the center of the tapestry. One more time, Nancy Bilyeau’s trademark, superb historical research brings her characters and their history alive for us, making THE FUGITIVE COLORS hard to put down until the last page is read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Sequel to The Blue
Reviewed in the United States on 12 May 2022
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