May 9, 2015

The Glassblower's Wife by Joanna Cambell Slan

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

The Glassblower's Wife by Joanna Campbell Slan

When Jewish glassmakers and their families flee the powerful Doge of Venice, the cost of their freedom is three hundred and fifty-seven mirrors--the creation of the magnificent Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. But the Doge sends assassins to pick off the artists, one by one. Can Ruth Telfin, the mute wife of the head glassmaker, save her people? This is a 12,000-word short story

This was an interesting book. It told about the Jewish glassmakers that escaped to Italy but the Doge did not want them there. I wanted this book to go on a little longer and tell me even more. I felt for the community as they lost their loved ones one by one until the Master Glassmaker was murdered. What no one knew is that his mute wife knew his secrets of making glass. At first I did not like Esther the wife of the cousin of Saul the master glass blower but in the end she came around and I understood why she was the way she was. She really changed when she was needed the most by Ruth. I felt bad for Ruth being a mute as it seemed as she was an outcast. In the end she was anything but an outcast. A very good historical fiction book by an author I have followed for a long time. 

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