It’s been a while since I posted and I’m really sorry about that. Life became pretty crazy between the holidays and getting sick. It’s unfortunate because there’s been a lot happening but I’m planning to cover all of that soon.
First though I’m going to start off with a new book recommendation. I’ve been avidly using my Kindle First through the Amazon Prime program (Join Amazon Prime – Listen to Over a Million Songs – Start Free Trial Now) although actually getting to the books has become a little difficult. I did read The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning last month though and was pleasantly surprised by it. The book is the first of a German trilogy that has actually been out for a few years now however the English translation was just published in November.
I’ll be honest, I don’t know how historically accurate this book is but I hope that it holds up to its time period and location. Again, this isn’t going to be a review and I don’t give away any spoilers, I just enjoy talking about the book(s). The first book centers around three sisters from a family of glassblowers in a small village in German and their quest to make it in the world on their own. It’s nice to see the different types of female archetypes represented by the sisters but I do feel like more could have been done with the eldest sister. Her storyline at the end of the book fell a bit flat for me and its not something I think can or will be redeemed in the sequels.
As for the historical part, it actually hit home with me as there is evidence that my mother’s family were German glassblowers before immigrating to America. So as I was going through this book I was wondering if this was how many ancestors had lived, worked and survived. It was like I was able to take a look into my own history and get a better understanding of my family.
Overall I was pleased with the book and am excited for the second one, The American Lady to be released in English next Tuesday and the third The Paradise of Glass will be available in September .
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