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Summary

Johanna, the oldest of the three Steinmann sisters, has successfully managed the family glassblowing business since her father's death, and her sister Marie's artistic gifts have made their wares unexpectedly famous. But now the livelihood of the town of Lauscha, Germany - known around the world as the "paradise of glass" - is in danger. The local glassworks is about to be sold, and rumor has it the buyer wants to make changes that will challenge glassblowing tradition.

Wanda, the daughter of the middle Steinmann sister, is freshly arrived from America and engaged to an ambitious local glassblower. Yet as soon as the bold young woman learns of the impending sale, she decides to do as her mother and aunts did - cast aside her expected role in order to save the day. With the help of a handsome bank clerk, she will take a daring risk with the villagers' hard-earned money. Just like glass, though, love and commerce are fragile, and what begins as their last hope may just end in shattered dreams.

©2006 Petra Durst-Benning. Translation copyright © 2015 Samuel Willcocks. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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very enjoyable

Gripping story great performance have enjoyed the whole trilogy. Will be searching for more from this author.

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brilliant trilogy

well written and read. it's a must buy and I will definitely and will recommend this trilogy.

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  • Debbie
  • 20-11-15

Lauscha, Germany, 1911, Changes and Challenges

Wanda, the daughter of glassblowers, on both sides, has returned from Italy with little Sylvie, following the death of Aunt Marie . . . living with her father in Lauscha, helping with his glassblowing business, Wanda and Sylvie bring life into the little cabin where her father, grandfather, uncle and aunt live . . . when the local foundry is put up for sale, the town is suddenly fearful of what the new owner will do . . . and Wanda and the glassblowers set out to try to purchase it themselves, causing a rift between Wanda and her fiancee, Richard. An old and evil enemy appears out of the woodwork . . . and, alas, (a part that I found a little too predictable) their plans were thwarted . . . BUT, lo and behold . . . it was as it should be . . . because, I would have never in a million years been able to write or imagine a better ending to the terrible mess . . . great story and great conclusion to the trilogy . . . Bravo!

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  • Deborah Carter
  • 29-07-18

just as good

This sequel is just as good as the first 2 in the trilogy. The reader is very easy to listen to and brings the characters fo life.

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  • Teresa L. Carter
  • 10-07-18

The GlassblowerTrilogy

I’ve read all three books and I have enjoyed them immensely. It was a different range for me but I would suggest it for others.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-05-18

History of Glassblowers!

This is an awesome story of the successful women who took their fathers GlassBlowing Business and achieved success beyond belief over the decades

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  • shibby
  • 07-05-18

Loved this series

Loved this series but the first book was my favorite. I discovered I have Christmas ornaments from Lauscha.

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  • Trisha
  • 06-04-18

Happy

I love, love the Glassblower trilogy. I'm ready for #3. I can't wait to start it!

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  • Katherin
  • 20-02-18

great listen, fun to tap into history.

great listen. fun to tap into history. I would recommend to history buffs or those just wanting a good story.

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  • 30-10-17

Lovrely series totally enjoyed this one.

Looking for something different? Try this trilogy. Keeps the characters coming to life, and all are very interesting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-17

Loved these books. 💟❤💗💖❤

Loved the story, characters and their courage to live out of the box and expand the women's world of possibilities in business and love. Enjoy!

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  • Liz Andersson
  • 12-02-17

A narrator can destroy the enjoyment of listening

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

If the narrator had a less whiny voice which she used for the female characters specially the Steinmanns it would have been enjoyable. Even the voices of the male characters couldn't make me connect my imagination to the character speaking. I know Wanda is only 17 yrs old but her "voice" sounded like a spoiled 12 yrs old girl, Kristin exaggerated the American drawl which didn't fit to reality. Instead of concentrating on the story I was all the time irritated by the narrator! The translation was not good either as several phrases sounded so "un-German".

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Haven't reach the ending of this one but have read books 1 & 2.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kristin Watson Heintz?

Oh please change her to anyone much better!