The Glassblower (Glassblower, book 1) – Petra Durst-Benning


In the village of Lauscha in Germany, things have been done the same way for centuries. The men blow the glass, and the women decorate and pack it. But when Joost Steinmann passes away unexpectedly one September night, his three daughters must learn to fend for themselves. While feisty Johanna takes a practical approach to looking for work, Ruth follows her heart, aiming to catch the eye of a handsome young villager. But it is dreamy, quiet Marie who has always been the most captivated by the magic—and sparkling possibilities—of the craft of glassblowing. As the spirited sisters work together to forge a brighter future for themselves on their own terms, they learn not only how to thrive in a man’s world, but how to remain true to themselves—and their hearts—in the process.

More About the Author

Petra Durst-Benning has developed a loyal following for her well-researched historical novels in her native Germany, where she lives with her husband. She has written more than a dozen books, many of which have gone on to be bestsellers. Durst-Benning’s love of the US dates back many years. She visited frequently as a child and developed a passion for American bestsellers, which went on to inspire her own writing career in later years. The Glassblower’s English-language debut is, in many ways, the fulfillment of a girlhood dream.

A greeting from the author:

“Hi, my Name is Petra, I’m a German Author and in the last 20 years I have written more than fifteen novels, most of which have become bestsellers. Some were also transformed into movies in German Television – that was an exciting experience!

But even more exciting for me is the fact that my books are now published in English. This is a lifelong dream come true for me …

For me my big success in America is still unbelievable. I cannot thank you enough for your affection of my “Glassblower-trilogy.” It is such a great joy to see those thousands of happy customer reviews, it really makes my heart laugh with gladness. Thank you!!!

Now I wish you all a lot of wonderful reading hours with my new “Century wind-trilogy”. When you meet Josefine, Clara and Isabelle, please tell them Hello from me!

If you want to read more about me, please visit my homepage, where you will find an extra section in English.

With lots of love – Petra”