As a fan of Magical Realism, when I saw The Miniaturist at the store I had to read it. Though it's score is low in Goodreads at the moment, this historical fiction was one of a kind. It deals with the power to create the life you desire, the sacrifices which need to be made and the prejudice of the era. Having lived in Amsterdam for a year, I could clearly picture this book. It is not a book for everybody. But it has a special place in my heart. Nella grows into a woman in a short time and the tragedy of her life makes you feel life is unfair. It is magical and enchanting. The prose is like reading a dream, never dull and always moving. I found myself wishing for a plot twist just to have things ending differently, but it was not the case. Such was life back then. Not everyone will understand this book, but those who do will love it.