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Light and Colour,
This review is from: The Glass Painter's Daughter (Paperback)
This is a lovely novel in which we are given both an involving narrative, full of mystery, and a rewarding romance. The heroine Fran tries to put back together the shattered fragments of the stained glass window with its glorious angel; as she does so she discovers, through a Victorian diary, the intriguing love story that lies behind the window's creation. This is therefore a story of restoration - not just of a stained glass window however, but of a relationship - Fran's difficult one with her father, who is ill. As with Rachel Hore's two earlier books, both of which I've also loved, the narrative switches between the present day and the past, and the interleaved chapters about the pre-Raphaelite artist who designed the window, and his love for the minister's daughter Laura, are beautifully evoked. I finished the Glass Painter's Daughter having very much enjoyed the storyline most of all, but having also had the pleasure of learning about the art and craft of stained glass making. A rich and lovely novel that, like the window, is cleverly and very satisfyingly pieced together.
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Initial post: 16 Apr 2009 14:15:20 BDT
Book Lover says:
Sorry - I accidentally called Fran 'Mel' in this review because I'm now re-reading The Memory Garden, in which the heroine is called Mel.
Posted on 25 Jul 2009 21:02:46 BDT
You could go back and edit your review.
Posted on 19 May 2010 13:43:58 BDT
J. M. Carver says:
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2011 10:19:25 GMT
Book Lover says:
Yes, thank you - I've done that now, didn't realise at the time that one could.
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