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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.
I really did enjoy this book it by an author i never heard of I sorry to say but know I look out for it just so beautifully written and the translations is spot on
I will say i did find the start a bit slow but the characters just hooked me and the story so good it a very well researched it tell you so much about the German culture and history which i find interesting

The three sisters were so likeable and believable they will make you laugh and smile
The dad had learned then this very male dominated craft of glassblowing from a very young age he wanted them to carry on with it i loved hearing about the girls experience and what they when through it so well wrote I could see it in my mind it so very descriptive
The plot will just grip you i love reading about it all
The women deal with some very tough issues they just seem to pull together i found the glassblowing industry so interesting to read about it was something i know nothing about
It a very emotional at time but in others it was a bit violent this just showed me women can do a man job just as good i like hearing about how they coped it showed the women’s determination to make it work for them it was not a very easy read they sometimes did not do the right thing but the learned the hard way
They personalities shone in this story each so different
Just a lovely read
I will say i did not know this book was part of a trilogy this is book 1 i now can not wait for the next one
4 dolls( 4 stars)
Thank you netgalley for letting me read and review
About 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 fulfillment of a girlhood dream.



  1. I’ve seen this book advertised on my Kindle but didn’t know anything about it. Thanks for your review 🙂

  2. Suze says:

    Such a wonderful review and I love the cover of the book!

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