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Petra Durst-Benning
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... show more

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 a dozen 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 "The glassblower" is now published in English. This is a lifelong dream come true for me ...I always want to write about something fresh and new, topics where already dozens of books exist, bore me. So in each of my books my research begins at point zero. I love that! I will never forget my research in Lauscha about the glassblowers, it was so inspiring, colourful and heartwarming!Mostly I write about strong woman who go their way even when it is stony and hard. My characters are like friends for me and they stay with me even after completion of a book.The three sisters in "The glassblower" are like best friends for me, too. From all three I like sensible Johanna best. Perhaps you like headstrong Ruth best? Or courageous Marie? Anyway, I wish you a lot of fun reading "The Glassblower" and my other books!If you want to read more about me, please visit my homepage www.durst-benning.comWith lots of love - Petra"
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Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it 1 year ago
This book was excruciatingly dull and was only made worse by horrible audio narration. The story takes place in Berlin, but only a few people have thick German accents, while the main characters sound more American than I do. Odd anachronisms and two-dimensional characters didn't help the slow plot ...
Blackbird's Book Blog
Blackbird's Book Blog rated it 2 years ago
A lovely book.
Garden-of-Stars
Garden-of-Stars rated it 4 years ago
Usually I attempt to persist with books that I feel tempted to drop, or at least to give them some more time and a second chance to prove me wrong, that they get more interesting and live up to their summaries. Rarely do I try to drop a book so early into it. But in this case I’ve had enough at 26% ...
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Memories From Books on Booklikes rated it 4 years ago
The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning is the story of the Steinmann sisters - Johanna, Ruth, and Marie – attempting to survive after the death of their father. The history of nineteenth century Germany and descriptions of glassblowing are fascinating. My least favorite part of the book is unfortuna...
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