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From the bestselling author of The Glassblower Trilogy comes an inspiring historical saga of a female photographer who must defy convention to live her dreams in turn-of-the-century Germany.

In 1905, on her twenty-sixth birthday, Mimi Reventlow receives a marriage proposal from the vicar of her family’s church. But a future of housework, childcare, and servicing a parish doesn’t appeal to the restless and unconventional Mimi. She has ambitions of her own--to follow in the footsteps of her beloved uncle Josef and become a traveling photographer. Leaving behind all that has been mapped out for her, Mimi dares to pursue her passion and sets out alone to make her own mark.

A visit to her ailing uncle in the idyllic mountain town of Laichingen, Germany, pauses Mimi’s journey. Here, among provincialism and rejection, she struggles to find her place within a vibrant but wary community. But Mimi’s resilience is only strengthened by adversity. Her courage is indomitable. Maybe here, among surprising kindred spirits and longing hearts, in a place she never expected, Mimi’s dreams might be coming into focus.

©2018 Petra Durst-Benning; Translation © 2020 by Edwin Miles. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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  • Capri K
  • 16-06-2021

Half of a book

This book abruptly ended right in the middle of the story. Apparently you're supposed to read a second book.

It would be better to let the reader know it's an incomplete novel. If I had known I wouldn't have started it and don't intend to waste another minute on it.

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  • vonni
  • 12-06-2021

The Photographer

I have this story a 5 because I enjoyed the read. I enjoyed how t he characters became a part of the story and had a purpose for being there. Everyone had a good reason. for being included.
The scenery was beautiful and made you feel welcome. I wanted to dance the May like but my feet and back hurt from being at the festival all day.

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  • Susan B. Harbin
  • 03-06-2021

Book ends at Chapter 36

Chapters 37-42 are a repeat of earlier chapters. Not sure if there are missing chapters, but definitely the end of this book is missing. I do like the storyline though and wonder how it was supposed to end.

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  • Larry and Cindi
  • 13-03-2021

Fantastic narration

For a person with a passion for photography, I enjoyed the book at the highest level

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  • Norah
  • 04-01-2021

Skip

I really wanted to like this story. The plot moves slowly yet years pass in the main character’s life very quickly. I couldn’t finish it. The narration is pleasant, the story randomly introduces characters without the plot developing.

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  • Consumer
  • 18-12-2020

Good story

I love this author and I have read most of her books. This one is worth a try but be aware this books ends in the middle of the story. I'm off to listen to the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-08-2020

What ending!!!

So much left unfinished by the end- I loved this story but where is the rest of it????

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  • Tracy
  • 11-08-2020

Predictable and poor narration

I never take the time to write reviews but I had to do this one. Full disclaimer-I stopped ready about half way and didn’t finish the book. I don’t remember the last time I did that. It’s like eating all the food on my plate. Old habits die hard. Same for books - I just have to finish them.

But this one was an exception which is shocking as I have loved Durst-Benning’s other books. I found the story to be very predictable and the main character not believable. The story for that matter wasn’t believable either. But worst of all was the narrator. If the narrator hadn’t read like a second grader, I might have finished the book. I couldn’t stand another minute. It’s like she had to pronounce every word distinctly with such precision that she took the life right out of the words. I hope this narrator takes some time to listen to real professionals like Davina Porter and Barbara Rosenblat, to name a few. She could learn a thing or two.

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  • Donna J
  • 16-06-2020

Disappointed!

Just when I thought the characters were finally getting somewhere, it just ended. What a total waste of time. Way too much build up for nothing!

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  • Kellie Atwood
  • 01-06-2020

Terrible ending

The story, without conclusions to any characters plights, just ......stopped. Wish I wouldn’t have wasted time on this book.

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  • jennifer
  • 10-04-2021

great book

lookong forward to the aecond one, actually learnt about photography history at the same time as a complelling story

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