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The Paradise of Glass

The Glassblower Trilogy, Book 3
Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
Series: The Glassblower Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
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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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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 11-20-15

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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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
  • Greensboro, NC
  • 05-30-19

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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#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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The Paradise of glass

This book was a wonderful experience for me. The characters were well developed and interesting. The story was lovely and informative concerning the struggles of glass blowers and their small town.

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Charming characters interesting

Another excellent story crafted by this author. It was enjoyable and held my interest as the two previous books .

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just as good

This sequel is just as good as the first 2 in the trilogy. The reader is very easy to listen to and brings the characters fo life.

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The GlassblowerTrilogy

I’ve read all three books and I have enjoyed them immensely. It was a different range for me but I would suggest it for others.

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History of Glassblowers!

This is an awesome story of the successful women who took their fathers GlassBlowing Business and achieved success beyond belief over the decades

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Loved this series

Loved this series but the first book was my favorite. I discovered I have Christmas ornaments from Lauscha.

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  • C Hall
  • 03-10-17

very enjoyable

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

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  • Diane Enticott
  • 08-19-16

brilliant trilogy

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