Maggie and Jem seem like opposites. She is the quick-witted, city girl and he is the slow, steady country boy who has just moved to London. With the help of their new friend, Mr. William Blake, they find that they might have more in common than it would seem. As with Chevalier’s other novels, the beauty is in the details, however this one isn’t quite as good as The Girl with the Pearl Earring or The Lady and the Unicorn. The plot is not as compelling as it could have been. The amount of research she put in to the novel is evident, and I would like to read more about William Blake. It was an enjoyable read, but not up to Chevalier’s usual standards.