I inhaled this book when it reached my hands. I was not very familiar with Vermeer's paintings at the time, but I really enjoyed learning the stories behind the paintings, whether or not they actually happened. The author really did her homework on the painter as well as Dutch customs in the 1600's as far as I could verify it, although I am no expert. I watched the movie, however, and it fell short of my expectations. I know it's hard for a movie to be 100% true to the original story but it may just be that I am a perfectionist. If you saw the movie and liked it, then you'll definitely enjoy this book. Even if you didn't, it's still worth a shot.