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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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  • Liz Andersson
  • 12-02-2017

A narrator can destroy the enjoyment of listening

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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!

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  • Nannette
  • 01-10-2016

Good book, bad narrator

I did not like this narrator. She sounded absolutely giddy while describing a rape scene! The characters are supposed to be strong women, but they are portrayed with childlike voices.

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  • Gayvonne R. Flory
  • 23-02-2016

Awful narrator

The story was good enough though not as good as the first two books.
The narrators voice was so irritatingly whaaahhh whaaahhh sing song I had to stop listening from time to time and go back to it later.

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  • Debbie
  • 20-11-2015

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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  • jessica
  • 12-08-2020

best series

best series I have ever read looking forward too more of her books soon. Exceptional

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  • Wendy Shiloh Smith
  • 22-01-2020

magnificent story/ "whiney ' narrator

love the stories, but struggled to listen. this particular narrator has a tendency to bring a little valley girl to historical novels. also, her lead female characters are so shrill and whiney at times. is a darn shame because her actual reading voice is beautiful and she does make voices nicely

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  • MeMawB
  • 30-09-2019

Entertaining and Educational

This book is the third in the trilogy. Was interesting learning about Germany and glassblowing. Can tell it was translated from German to
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-07-2019

Wonderful read

I really enjoyed this book. Finally justice ! Very strong and capable women fighting for a worthy cause and fought for each other. I listened through Audible. The narrator was extremely good. Worth reading/listening.

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  • Noraza
  • 30-05-2019

I loved Book 1 & 2...

...but this one was not as good. Parts of it was but the nagging mother I could have done without. I am glad I read all three books but the experience on all three could have been better. The story is good but the characters were not so great.

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  • LSuzieClark
  • 24-04-2019

#3 in the Series

This is a good book, but not as good as the first two. It is a decent ending to the series.

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  • C Hall
  • 10-03-2017

very enjoyable

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

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  • Diane Rowley
  • 19-08-2016

brilliant trilogy

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

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