THE SECRET OF THE GLASS
DONNA RUSSO MORIN
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Rating: 4 Cups
Glass making has been her family’s legacy for several generations, and for Sophia Fiolario, it as much a labor of love as it is a death sentence. However, the forbidden never stopped her father, Zeno, from allowing her to secretly create the family’s most revered pieces.
Bachelorhood for Teodoro Gradenigo is much more a state of necessity than desire, as marrying would cease all government assistance for his family. He lives as part of the fraternity of San Barnaba and spends his days working for the council, a lonely life if one craves love and family.
Sophia is crushed to learn how close her family is to losing everything. Between her father’s precarious health and her upcoming nuptials to a man she fears will destroy her family, she can barely withstand the strain. The time she spends with her intended has Sophia even more determined than ever to find an escape for her family. She must protect them no matter what the cost, and if that means never again seeing Teo, she will always cherish her memories of him.
Inside the pages of this book you will behold the magnitude of love and strength the people of Murano have bestowed upon this earth with their beautiful works of art. To say they just made glass is like saying Da Vinci dabbled in art and science. These characters are sincere in their beliefs, and entirely believable in the execution of their roles within the storyline. As you read Sophia’s story, you are transported back in time where women’s roles in society are strictly adhered to, and hundreds of years of a family’s lineage can be wiped out by one man’s decree.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More