In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. In 2009, London, ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also finding that life can also have its ups and downs....
In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira’s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War....
A compelling tale of two women separated by a century who discover long-buried secrets in an Australian manor house....
Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family....
Hope Stevens thinks Wedding Tree, Louisiana, will be the perfect place to sort out her life and all the mistakes she's made....
International best-selling novel set in 1920s Ceylon, about a young Englishwoman who marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower, only to discover he's keeping terrible secrets....
This breathtaking novel travels more than a century between two love stories set in the Australian seaside town of Lighthouse Bay....
When Laura Truitt first sees the dilapidated plantation house, she's overcome by a sense of familiarity. Inside, the owner claims to have been waiting for years and offers an old photograph....
THE PRESENT - After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres finds herself the sole inheritor of a chateau in the south of France....
1876. Among the filth and depravity of Covent Garden's flower markets, orphaned Irish sisters Flora and Rosie Flynn sell posies of violets and watercress to survive....
Following the deaths of her last living relatives, Hetty Deveraux returns to her ancestral home, a crumbling estate in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, with the intention of renovating and reselling it....
The Sparrow Sisters are as tightly woven into the seaside New England town of Granite Point as the wild sweet peas that climb the stone walls along the harbor....
When the vicar of the local church asks Fran to restore a shattered window, her research into its origins uncovers a fascinating and moving love story from the Victorian past that resonates in her own life.
This is an 'unturnable off' story with thoroughly believable characters. It's an unusual setting in a stained glass workshop where a window is being restored. There's an historical element too related through a diary about how the window was first commissioned and built. Also a strong musical element, the main character, Fran is a tuba player.
The narration is excellent with each voice being instantly recognizable for who it's meant to be.
Easy listening but well written and read. Highly recommended
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
Yet another good story from Rachel Hore. As usual, there is an interweaving of past and present with everything coming to a satisfactory, if somewhat expected, conclusion. Her historical information is spot on, and the description of Elgar`s "Dream of Gerontius" and the rehearsals, flows nicely. She`s obviously done her research!
However, Jilly Bond has to be THE most annoying narrator ever. Her voice is constantly full of emotion, yet her reading and interpretation of the characters is both emotion and passionless. In future, for me, Rachel Hore`s novels will have to be on the printed page unless narrated by someone else!!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Loved the gathering storm , but this one did not quite hit the spot. It seemed to labour on a little and I lost interest.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Loved this book from beginning to end. Very good story, in two tied time frames. Well read. A joy
Is there anything you would change about this book?
no, although I really don't want to read any more of rachel hores novels as they are all very samey and have gotten boring
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
not make is quite so predictable
Which scene did you most enjoy?
non stood out
Do you think The Glass Painter's Daughter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
The pace was a bit slow at the beginning but once the scene was set I couldn't stop listening. As usual the past and the present weave together to tell a brilliant story.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Nope, it just plods along
What will your next listen be?
The darkest hour, Barbara Erskine
How could the performance have been better?
Predictable , slow story
Was The Glass Painter's Daughter worth the listening time?
It was a chore
1 of 2 people found this review helpful