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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2003 Petra Durst-Benning (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. English translation © 2014 by Samuel Willcocks.
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By Mary on 03-15-15

Boring, Boring. I listened to the 1st five hours.

Something was lost in the translation. This book just never took off. I finally decided to just stop torturing myself. I have listened to some really good books. This is not one of them.

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By Adrian on 12-26-14

If you love romance novels...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If this book had been billed as a romance novel instead of historical fiction, I would have been informed enough to leave it on the shelf. I was mislead.

What could Petra Durst-Benning and Samuel Willcocks (translator) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The translation was horribly anachronistic. I hope the original wasn't nearly as bad.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

If the narrator had said, "OMG, Beyonce just walked into the shop" I would not have been surprised. Her voice did not match the story and was annoying. She made a terrible story worse. I couldn't even finish it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I stuck with it for a long time despite it's flaws, but when "mounds of Venus" was mentioned, I was out. The book had no redeeming qualities, except that it was a catalyst for researching glass in Lauscha.

Any additional comments?

Awful. Just awful.

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By Mrs T T on 02-11-17

story spoiled by weird pronunciations

The story is brilliant but the narrator kept pronouncing words like shone as shown e.g. the sun shown brightly. It was quite distracting

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By x on 01-18-18

worth reading

enjoyed the book, good narrator good storyline left me wanting to know what the future holds for each of the sisters.

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By Sandra Petretich on 05-30-17

Great trilogy

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I loved the characters and the story of three strong young women.

What didn’t you like about Kristin Watson Heintz’s performance?

The voices for the different characters really annoyed me. I thought they were very whiney. Fortunately the story made up for the horrible voice. Sorry :(

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I looked forward to the next sitting. I listen in my car on my 1 hour commute.

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By Josie Mucalo on 03-23-17

a great story

I loved this book. a story of women surviving independently, family violence and resilience.

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