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The American Lady

By: Petra Durst-Benning,Samuel Willcocks - translator
Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
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Tempestuous and beautiful Wanda Miles, daughter of Ruth and Stephen Miles (or so she thinks), aspires to more than the life of a debutante, but the trouble is she doesn't know precisely what she wants. Then her aunt Marie, the family's renowned glassblower, arrives from Lauscha, Germany, and Wanda decides that learning about her ancestry may hold the key to her future. When Marie accidentally reveals a long-held secret about Wanda's parents, Wanda goes to Lauscha to unravel the truth.

While Marie finds herself increasingly swept up in New York City's bohemian social scene - catching the eye of a handsome young Italian in the process - Wanda explores a past she never knew in the village of her mother's youth - and begins to build a life that she never expected.

A sweeping tale that takes listeners from the small town of Lauscha to the skyscrapers of New York and the sun-kissed coast of Italy, The American Lady is a tribute to the enduring power of family and what we'll do in the name of love.

©2002 Petra Durst-Benning (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. English translation copyright © 2015 by Samuel Willcocks.

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3.5 @ $7.34 an OK Listen

This wasn't bad listen and it was a pretty easy listen. It continues on from book 1 in the trilogy beginning in a small town in Germany where three sisters originated then on to New York where one of the sisters moved 16 years earlier. The youngest sister decided (actually was convinced she needed to visit), her New York sister. The younger sister fell in love with an Italian Count whom she married and moved on to Italy where tragedy befalls her. The story ends back in Germany. There's more to the book than this though. I felt that some aspects of the book went onto great details but other important events were just skimmed over.
I was annoyed about the historical inaccuracy's of the book. Although I seem to be the only one that noticed. Telephones were only invented in 1897 with the first intercity calls made in the USA in 1911. Transatlantic calls were not made until 1927. As the book is set in 1911 and gives the impression that the use of a telephone was common place. There were others but I won't write any spoilers here.
Not overly captivating but with that being said, I will probably read the 3rd in the series out of curiosity.

Kristin Watson Heintz was good with the delivery of the story.

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Wanda finds a purpose in life.

The Saga of the Steinmmann Sisters continues with the adulthood of Wanda. The family tree now has a branch in America that is growing and searching for what life means. Marie comes to visit Ruth in New York and the Saga continues. Narration was good and the story held my attention.

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Second in Series, Historical Tale of Glassblowers

From Germany to New York, it seems as though Ruth, one of the three sisters from Lauscha, Germany of the famous Steinmann glassblowing family, has forgotten her humble beginnings . . . In a slump herself, her sister, Marie, leaves Germany to come to New York for a visit . . . finding a kinship with her niece, Wanda, who is trying hard to find her own way . . . amidst ridicule and opposition from her wealthy family, particularly her mother . . . Wanda introduces her aunt to some of her unorthodox friends . . . which leads to some bizarre behavior (in my opinion) . . . I was not fond of the casual attitude towards sex in the book . . . but wasn't surprised by it . . . having lived in Germany twice . . . it didn't deter me from enjoying the book . . . which is rich in details of early 1900s New York and Germany . . . and the contrasts between the two . . . and the vast difference between the working class and the upper classes of society . . . and what those of privilege are willing to do to stay on top . . . this book is mostly the story of Marie and of Wanda . . . don't miss it . . . it is wonderful . . . I have already moved on to the final book in the trilogy . . .

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love it!

language is a bit stilted but I love this family!
can't wait to read the next one.

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Women being selfish and ungrateful or unkind

The general story was good, family sticking together, strong female, then victimhood, those that tried to help not acknowledge, self centered. I wasn’t going to continue but originally story was good enough to try. Then the same content selfishness not acknowledging their errors. Too much to bother. This author is on my do not read list !

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This book was very disappointing.

I enjoyed the Glassblower so much that I bought the other two books. This one was interesting until about half way through and from that point on, Marie had a complete personality change plus the entire story line changed completely. I was then committed to follow up by reading book three and that review will be next.
Sorry, this book was not for me!

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Enjoyed the story

A good story that keeps you interested in the characters and reminds you of the characters in the previous book.

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Glad I stuck with it

Started slow almost quit. I was not crazy about the detail sex, and fortunately they were short. I like the Character Wanda and relationship with Marie. I hope that the detail about life was what it was like in that time period. I finished minutes ago, and ready to get book three.

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I love this series!

The first book had a fairy tale ending and the second has left me in tears. On to the third!

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Lovely story

The scenic descriptions of Germany were fantastic. Wonderful characters. A young girl learning of her past and leaving New York to travel to Germany to meet her family, her dad and in the end having a baby girl to raise and cherish. Worth listening to through Audible. Bravo...

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