The lovely Marie sings a beautiful song in the yard while fastidious Ruth leaves breakfast cooking on the stove to run upstairs and tear the covers off Johanna, who can’t bring herself to get out of bed. But the idyllic scene is shattered when the girls discover that their beloved father, who raised them on his own, has passed away in his sleep. The tragedy forces these three young women to band together, and they tap their diverse talents to keep their father’s glassblowing business going: creative Marie sits at the furnace shaping ornaments, practical Ruth cuts deals, and Johanna serves as the new head of the household, reminding them of their father and his loving support.
The sisters discover that they learned more from growing up alongside the workshop than they’d realized, and after some trial and error, their innovation in glass makes waves across the Atlantic. All along their path, they are encouraged by recalling their father’s wisdom, and they never forget to keep the joyous family spirit burning around the hearth.
The Glassblower is the first volume in a trilogy. I can’t wait to read more of Petra Durst-Benning’s words, which shine like the refractions of light and color in the hot glass the Steinmann sisters craft so elegantly.
- Gabriella Page-Fort, Editor