The year is 1686, the city is Amsterdam. A young woman (Nella Oortman) and a wealthy merchant (Johannes Brandt) have been advantageously matched in marriage; or have they? as all is not as it seems within the union. Nella is thrown into strange new world of the Brandt household, filled with its contradictions and many secrets. A marriage gift of a dolls house from the groom to the bride brings with it the apparent power of foreshadowing and the maker of its inhabitants and furnishing the mysterious Miniaturist, the captivating power of a prophetess. This novel has much to offer if you can suspend your disbelief and are open to a smattering of magic realism.