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The Glass Painter's Daughter (2008 original; edició 2015)

de Rachel Hore (Autor)

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In a tiny stained-glass shop hidden in the backstreets of Westminster lies the cracked, sparkling image of an angel. The owners of Minster Glass have also been broken: Fran Morrison's mother died when she was a baby; a painful event never mentioned by her difficult, secretive father Edward. Fran left home to pursue a career in foreign cities, as a classical musician. But now Edward is dangerously ill and it's time to return. Taking her father's place in the shop, she and his craftsman Zac accept a beguiling commission - to restore a shattered glass picture of an exquisite angel belonging to a local church. As they reassemble the dazzling shards of coloured glass, they uncover an extraordinary love story from the Victorian past, sparked by the window's creation. Slowly, Fran begins to see her own reflection in its themes of passion, tragedy and redemption. Fran's journey will lead her on a search for the truth about her mother, through mysteries of past times and the anguish of unrequited love, to reconciliation and renewal.… (més)
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Títol:The Glass Painter's Daughter
Autors:Rachel Hore (Autor)
Informació:Simon & Schuster Ltd (2015), Edition: Re-issue
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The Glass Painter's Daughter de Rachel Hore (2008)

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Fijn boek, maar niet opvallend. Fran keert terug naar huis omdat haar vader een beroerte heeft gekregen en neemt de winkel en werkplaats van hem over. Haar vader maakt glas-in-lood objecten maar ook kerkramen. En daar gaat Fran mee aan de gang, samen met Zac, de assistent van haar vader. Omdat haar vader in coma ligt moet Fran ook op zoek naar papieren en dergelijke die te maken hebben met de opdracht. Daarbij komt ze een dagboek tegen van Laura, een jonge vrouw die 100 jaar eerder vaak in het zelfde huis kwam. Dan gaat ze op zoek naar de geschiedenis van Laura en ze probeert er ook achter te komen wie haar moeder was. ( )
  connie53 | Sep 5, 2019 |
Not read much yet - picked up as the Starbucks Pick of the Week this week.

Well worth the price. ( )
  gortavoher | Nov 27, 2016 |
Fran is a musician, travelling around the world. She gets an SOS call from Zac who works for her father in his glass restoration business, letting her know that her father has had a stroke. So she rushes home, concerned that she had not been getting along with her father for some time, and still upset that there is secrecy - or at least silence - surrounding the circumstances of her mother's death when she was a small child.

Fran and Zac get involved in a difficult project, trying to restore a window from a church that was bombed; in finding out what it originally looked like, Fran unearths a diary written over 100 years previously, by a girl called Laura. And the narrative then alternates between the present and the past, as Fran not only learns about Laura and the stained glass window, but starts to discover more about her own background.

Then there's Amber, a young and nervous girl who lives in a hostel, who is fascinated by glass, and also by angels. And there are a lot of angels in the shop. Unfortunately Amber is somewhat bullied by other girls in the hostel.

It's quite a long book - over 400 pages - and it took me over a week just to get into it. It's quite slow-moving at first, and there's a lot of detail about the way stained glass windows are made. The author has evidently done her research very well, and yet I don't really read fiction to be educated quite so extensively.

Still, by the time I was half way through I was finding the storyline more interesting. I did sometimes forget the various names - there's quite a cast, and with two entirely different storylines it was sometimes difficult to remember where I was. I read the second part of the book in about three days, and found some of it quite moving. By contrast to the slower-moving beginning to the book, the last chapters seemed to race by, and I found myself wanting to slow down a bit and find out rather more of what was happening: by this stage I felt I knew the characters a bit better and didn't want to gloss over their doings.

The ending worked well, in a predictable kind of way, and it's the kind of book that I'm sure I'll be lending to friends. The book is refreshing in that it has no bad language at all, and not even a mention of any intimate scenes - just the vaguest of hints.

There's quite a surprising amount of Christian content for a modern secular book; not that there's any preaching, even subtly, but there's a delightful Vicar called Jeremy who was friends with Fran's father, and who very much takes her under his wing. So as well as the fairly extensive angelic theme to the book, there are talks about forgiveness, and reaching out to the poor, and more. It felt quite low-key to me, and worked well, but might perhaps be disturbing to anyone who is an atheist and unwilling to suspend their disbelief.

Overall I'd recommend this. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book. Really wanted to see what would happen with Fran. A page turner. ( )
  bookbatty | Aug 9, 2015 |
I was very much looking forward to reading this book, and I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed the mixture of the two stories, combining the modern day story of Fran, with the story of Laura 100 years earlier. Fran has just returned home to her father's flat and business of Minster Glass, after he has suffered a stroke. Laura is the vicar's daughter and a stained glass window is to be made and placed in the church in remembrance of her late sister.

As somebody who has been involved in the process of granting permission for work to be done in churches, I was pleased to note that Rachel Hore used the correct terminology and had obviously researched the procedures involved.

It was nice to see how the two stories actually ended up mirroring each other and it ensured that the story was wound up satisfactorily. I do feel that the book overall could maybe have done with a little more editing as it felt like it needed all the various strands tightening up a bit. However, I did find this an engrossing read throughout and one which I was happy to pick up at any time to continue with my reading. ( )
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In a tiny stained-glass shop hidden in the backstreets of Westminster lies the cracked, sparkling image of an angel. The owners of Minster Glass have also been broken: Fran Morrison's mother died when she was a baby; a painful event never mentioned by her difficult, secretive father Edward. Fran left home to pursue a career in foreign cities, as a classical musician. But now Edward is dangerously ill and it's time to return. Taking her father's place in the shop, she and his craftsman Zac accept a beguiling commission - to restore a shattered glass picture of an exquisite angel belonging to a local church. As they reassemble the dazzling shards of coloured glass, they uncover an extraordinary love story from the Victorian past, sparked by the window's creation. Slowly, Fran begins to see her own reflection in its themes of passion, tragedy and redemption. Fran's journey will lead her on a search for the truth about her mother, through mysteries of past times and the anguish of unrequited love, to reconciliation and renewal.

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