by Laurie Alice Eakes
Series: The Glass Goldfinch #1
Published by Barbour Books/Heartsong Presents
Publication Date November 11th 2009
Genres: Clean Romance, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Setting: New Jersey Age of Reform - US - 1800 - 1840
Main Character Ages: 18-25
Written for: Adult
Falling for the Wrong Man
As the daughter of the glassworks owner, Meg Jordan knows her role is to manage her father’s home until she marries well and sets up her own household. But Meg dreams of doing something significant such as building a school and bringing education to the children of their rural New Jersey community. Marriage would interfere with those plans, so when she meets her father’s new glassblower, Meg knows falling for him will destroy her dreams. She does not know it may also destroy his life.
A Dangerous Start
Colin Grassick seeks a new start as a glassblower in America. Reluctantly leaving his family behind in Scotland, he arrives at the Jordan glassworks with one plan—save enough money to bring his mother and siblings to America. He believes only then will he correct his past mistakes. Falling for the boss’s daughter may compound the consequences of his youthful blunder, and may get him killed.
The Right Path
With kittens, purple glass goblets, and danger drawing them together, Meg and Colin forge a bond that could give them the desires of their hearts or crush their dreams of a better future.
The Glassblower was a hauntingly beautiful story. Meg was being forced into an arranged marriage, which perplexed her because it was uncharacteristic of her father to do this. Her dream was to open a school so she could teach the underprivileged children in her neighborhood. And yet, someone appeared to be determined to destroy her schoolhouse.
Colin was a poor glassblower, who was very talented, yet it was anathema for him to aspire to see the love of his master’s daughter. Despite the decree, and despite the fact she was as good as engaged, his heart wouldn’t let her go.
This is my favorite kind of historical novel – one where I learn more about the time and place. In this book, I also learned a little about glassblowing and about glass in the early 1800s in general. The relationships between Meg and her father and Meg and Colin were very sweet and the entire story left me with a feeling of satisfaction.
This book is part of a series, but is a story that stands by itself.