The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning

the glassblowerBlurb from, please scroll down for my review.

In the village of Lauscha in Germany, things have been done the same way for centuries. The men blow the glass, and the women decorate and pack it. But when Joost Steinmann passes away unexpectedly one September night, his three daughters must learn to fend for themselves. While feisty Johanna takes a practical approach to looking for work, Ruth follows her heart, aiming to catch the eye of a handsome young villager. But it is dreamy, quiet Marie who has always been the most captivated by the magic—and sparkling possibilities—of the craft of glassblowing. As the spirited sisters work together to forge a brighter future for themselves on their own terms, they learn not only how to thrive in a man’s world, but how to remain true to themselves—and their hearts—in the process.This is the first in a trilogy; it is the first translated from the original language, German.

My Review
I was drawn to this book by it´s beautiful cover and title. ( I know, you should´t judge a book by it´s cover). This is such a beautiful and well written book. I am having trouble trying to describe how beautiful it is. The whole book was brought alive with the descriptions and details, especially of the glassblowing, which was well researched and of the small town of Lauscha.
There is great character development of the three main characters Johanna, Ruth & Marie. Each of the girls are so different in character, but very united together when they needed to be. Each of the girls share more or less the same amount of time in the book, even though only one of the is the glassblower.
There are some fantastic moments, some horrifying moments, you will see the three girls with your own eyes, live their lives and their ups and downs.
This is a historical fiction novel with a touch of romance. It is a fairly long book but there are only a couple of moments that are dull.
My only problem was the bickering between the sisters, it seemed a little over the top.
This book has been recently translated to English, is was originally written in German and published in 2000, part two of the trilogy will be published in English in March 2015.

Petra Durst-BenningAbout the Author
Petra Durst-Benning has developed a loyal following for her well-researched historical novels in her native Germany, where she lives with her husband. She has written more than a dozen books, many of which have gone on to be bestsellers. Durst-Benning’s love of the US dates back many years. She visited frequently as a child and developed a passion for American bestsellers, which went on to inspire her own writing career in later years. The Glassblower’s English-language debut is, in many ways, the fulfilment of a girlhood dream.


Book Details
Genre: historical fiction with a touch of romance.
• File Size: 2705 KB
• Print Length: 498 pages
• Publisher: AmazonCrossing (November 1, 2014)
• Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
• Language: English

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