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THE HOUSE OF WINDJAMMER by V A Richardson.  Published by Bloomsbury Pub. Pic London 2003. 

It was good to read an historical novel again. This book is easy to read, full of action and adventure and could easily be updated to modern times. It is the story of a wealthy Dutch merchant family who face a series of serious misfortunes a wrecked fleet, loss of money earners, jealous rivals, foreclosure by financial institutions and untimely death of loved ones.  Adam, the son and heir, learns fast about the hard facts of life, who are friends or enemies. There is also an interesting side theme about the early tulip trade in Holland.  

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