The SECRET OF THE GLASS
“One of the best written novels of Venice I have ever read.”
-Historical Novel Review
The Murano glassmakers of Venice are celebrated and revered. But now three are dead, killed for attempting to leave the city that both prized their work and kept them prisoner. For in this, the 17th century, the secret of their craft must, by law, never leave Venetian shores. Yet there is someone who keeps the secret while defying tradition. She is Sophia Fiolario, and she, too, is a glass-maker. Her crime is being a woman…
Sophia is well aware that her family would be crushed by scandal if the truth of her knowledge and skill with glass were revealed. But there has never been any threat…until now. A wealthy nobleman with strong connections to the powerful Doge has requested her hand in marriage, and her refusal could draw dangerous attention. Yet having to accept and cease her art would devastate her. If there is an escape, Sophia intends to find it.
Now, between creating precious glass parts for one of Professor Galileo Galileo's astonishing inventions and attending lavish parties at the Doge's Palace, Sophia is crossing paths with very influential people--including one who could change her life forever. But every secret has its price. And Sophia must decide how much she is willing to pay to protect herself, her family and the secret of the glass.
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5 Stars! Outstanding Pick for 2010. Absolutely superb. Russo Morin does a spectacular job. THE SECRET OF THE GLASS is a phenomenal historical fiction tale about an often disturbing time period.
5 Stars! A beautiful story by master storyteller Donna Russo Morin; THE SECRET OF THE GLASS should not be missed.
4 Stars! History comes to life. Like brilliant glass, her story swirls together colors of political and religious intrigue, murder and romance. Readers will be enmeshed in the lives of her fascinating characters. –
The latest inspiring historical from Morin celebrates the eternal charms of Venice, Murano glass, and Galileo, with the story of a courageous 17th Century woman glassmaker. Morin conjures an unlikely upbeat destiny…making for a decidedly dulce ending.”
The Secret of the Glass is...filled with characters that are easy to like and a plot that twists and turns through history to a most satisfactory conclusion. Wonderful 5-star historical fiction.
4.5 Stars! With elegant prose and alluring style, Donna Russo Morin brings 17th century Venice gloriously to life.”
4 Stars! Highly recommended!
FACTION VS. FICTION; TRIVIA