Jeannine Johnson Maia





I’m excited to announce that my new novel, which takes place in Porto during the second half of the 19th century, has been published in Portuguese! The English-language version should be out later this year, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s a teaser.

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Portugal, Autumn of 1877

As Porto prepares to inaugurate Gustave Eiffel’s magnificent iron bridge over the Douro River, 17-year-old Henrique flees the harsh conditions of life far upriver among the vineyards of a Port wine estate. Behind him is a searing betrayal he wants to forget. Ahead of him is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in a goldsmith’s shop.

Determined to make Porto his own, Henrique explores its sinuous streets, rubbing shoulders with mapmakers and rabble-rousers, and begins to learn the delicate art of filigree-making. Until an acquaintance from his past appears, threatening his new life…

Set in a city of merchants and workers, sailors and kings, the privileged and the poor, this is a story of resilience, friendship, and a young man’s search for the person he wants to become.


I made a series of short videos in places that play an important role in my novel. They're on my YouTube channel. For the moment, there’s one in English ( The rest are in Portuguese, but I’ll post more in English when the English-language version is published. Please subscribe so you won't miss anything.

Where To Find The Book

O Rapaz do Douro is available in bookstores and online


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And there's many many more to come!