The 17th century was the golden age in Holland where science and art were flourishing. The advanced navigation of the Dutch ships brought back an abundance of exotic riches from the east. The novel's heroine set out to the world after some misfortunes in her life. She ended up in Delft, where she found work as a china painter for a kind owner of a pottery workshop, just as fine Dutch porcelain is being developed.
The whole story span over 47 years and there were justice and darkness, pain and warmth between the lines. It is a fairy tale story for adults. Emporium is a toy store in London. The toys in the store are full of mysterious magic. It opens at a specific time in the winter each year and closes at a specific time in the coming year. The toy store is run by Papa Jack and his two sons Kaspar and Emil. On that day in 1906, Cathy Wray came to this toy store and a long-lost secret dawned from that day.
After living in solitary seclusion for 5 years,the painter wanted to play a truth-telling game with strangers - He wrote down things only he knew about himself in a notebook, and he went to a cafe to put his notebook there hoping to pass it on to strangers. The owner of the cafe, Monica found the notebook. She also wrote her story in the notebook and put the notebook at a bar across her street. The notebook was discovered by Hazard Ford - a trader who took the notebook to Thailand. During his vacation, he wrote his own story. The notebook wandered around and found its way back to the UK where the story continued.
Be moved by the characters of six strangers in the story.