Recommended by Lindsey Alexander
This is the second Tracy Chevalier novel I have read and yet again found almost impossible to put down.
Set in 15th century Paris and Brussels, The Lady and the Unicorn tells the tale of a tapestry commissioned by the Le Viste family. The man chosen to paint the design for it is Nicolas de Innocents - a good name for someone who is anything but innocent, especially when it comes to women! Nicolas becomes fixated with Claude Le Viste, the daughter of the nobleman who has given him the commission of a lifetime. His pursuit of Claude pulls him into the web of fragile relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, lovers and servants. In Brussels, Nicolas meets the family of renowned weaver Georges de la Chapelle, and he becomes sucked into a world outside his native Paris. The tangled web that ensues is as beautifully woven as that of the huge tapestry they are all working to create. This is a wonderful story with many interesting twists and turns along the way!