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Donna Russo Morin tackles seventeenth century Venice in her newest novel, The Secret of the Glass She writes of many underlying themes while she tells the story of Sophia, a girl who is doomed to marry a nobleman against her wishes She is the eldest child of a glassmaking family, and as such, she is the only daughter that is allowed to marry, bringing with her the inheritance of the lucrative glass factory that has been in heritage for years The remaining daughters will be forced to enter a c Donna Russo Morin tackles seventeenth century Venice in her newest novel, The Secret of the Glass She writes of many underlying themes while she tells the story of Sophia, a girl who is doomed to marry a nobleman against her wishes She is the eldest child of a glassmaking family, and as such, she is the only daughter that is allowed to marry, bringing with her the inheritance of the lucrative glass factory that has been in heritage for years The remaining daughters will be forced to enter a convent once Sophia s sickly father dies The story centers around this possibility, and the fact that Sophia wants nothing to do with her betrothed, Pasquale Worse yet, her father who suffers from dementia has alluded to the fact that Pasquale s family has something damning to hide, but Sophia cannot approach her father with further questions She instead decides to follow her betrothed to see if she can find out something about him, as he is not very talkative when they are together.The Secret of The Glass carries with it the intrigue of the glassmaking process, and gives details about it as Sophia herself creates the pieces That is a subject that would be damaging to the family if anyone found out the fact that it has been Sophia making the glass for so long, since it is against the law for women to do so When Sophia is presented with the possibility of losing the ability to make the glass due to her betrothal, she decides to try and devise a way out Along the way, she meets the dashing fellow, Teodoro, someone who is not allowed to marry, and they are instantly attracted to each other.Beginning with the tradition of carnival time, the author slowly meanders her way through this story, presenting details of Venice that are intended to bring Venice to life Although I am normally very appreciative of historical detail, I was turned off by the many Italian words that were inserted I had no inkling of what many of these words meant, and that really distracted my attention span, which in turn failed to pull me into the story I would assume that those readers who love Venice and its allure may truly be entertained by the endless snippets of detail that the novel imparts For this reader though, I felt the reading was sluggish for me, and that it was hard to become emotionally attached to Sophia or any of her supporting characters Her characters were interesting enough, and I was surprised by one character s actions at the end of the novel, so much so that it was too out of character With a story that focused mainly on the political atmosphere at the time, which was the most intriguing, it seemed thatthings were happening around Sophia but not directly to her, which makes the events and plot seem a bitsimple while describing the book I am particularly interested to see how others will review this book, especially by those who really adore Italy Perhaps this one was too far out of my comfort zone of England related reads for me to appreciate at this time.That being said, I was particulary intrigued by the scenes that included Galileo, as it is told in the novel Sophia made the lenses for his first telescope, which was the central instrument for the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century This in turn affected the political, social and religious controversy of the times, which was one of the themes incorporated into this novel Those who believed in theories of the astronomer Copernicus were branded as heretics, and those who supported Galileo were therefore tottering on that same edge of heresy Another interesting theme was the Pope versus the doge, with an important case of clerics which occurred in 1605 and who should have the authority to govern disputes I was also touched by one theme of the high dowry and forced marriage situations at that time Having read The Courtier s Secret and enjoyed it for the most part, I gladly forked over ten dollars tofor this book and gleefully picked it up A quarter into it, I realized I wasted my money WAY too many adjectives I don t need to know a building s entire history as well as facade and color Who cares how the dresses blow in the wind exactly One word would be adequate I don t need nine The prose tho I realize these are not women of the 21st century, they are a good 16, 17 years Having read The Courtier s Secret and enjoyed it for the most part, I gladly forked over ten dollars tofor this book and gleefully picked it up A quarter into it, I realized I wasted my money WAY too many adjectives I don t need to know a building s entire history as well as facade and color Who cares how the dresses blow in the wind exactly One word would be adequate I don t need nine The prose tho I realize these are not women of the 21st century, they are a good 16, 17 years old and I found their prose utterly childish A DNF for me but my ten bucks allows me to post my thoughts Sophia Fiolario is the daughter of the famous Fiolario glass makers Her father is one of the most sought after glass makers There is just one problem for the past several years it has been Sophia and not her father who has been making the blown glass pieces If any one were to ever learn that Sophia knew the secret of the glass there will be serious consequences Sophia s parents plan to marry Sophia off to Pasquale da Fuligna Sophia is devastated by the arrangement First off, Pasquale is ol Sophia Fiolario is the daughter of the famous Fiolario glass makers Her father is one of the most sought after glass makers There is just one problem for the past several years it has been Sophia and not her father who has been making the blown glass pieces If any one were to ever learn that Sophia knew the secret of the glass there will be serious consequences Sophia s parents plan to marry Sophia off to Pasquale da Fuligna Sophia is devastated by the arrangement First off, Pasquale is old enough to be her father, second, he is not that good looking, and third, he has many dark secrets To make matters worse, Sophia s father has fallen deadly ill Sophia must make a decision on whether to reveal her knowledge of the glass and possibly lose everything she holds dear to her.The Secret of the Glass by Donna Russo Morin is a book to not be missed by historical readers alike While the events aren t exact and to the point, they are still pretty accurate of the trade of glass maker that was and still is popular to date I have to admit that this story moved a bit slowly at first but as I got about a third of the way into this book, is when things really started to progress and move smoothly for me I really liked that despise having the odds stacked against her, during a time when men were the dominant ones, that Sophia was such a strong character To learnabout The Secret of the Glass, try this book out for yourself When I finished this book, I only felt immense relief It was so dry, I took twice as long as usual to read it While it was clear Morin paid exquisite attention to detail and tried to acquaint the reader to 17th century Venice, it was educational, but there was lack of life infused to the book it readlike a dry textbook I ve learnt a lot about Venice, but took nothing away from the characters, which was what I d have wanted.Also, what was with the about turn of one of the major ch When I finished this book, I only felt immense relief It was so dry, I took twice as long as usual to read it While it was clear Morin paid exquisite attention to detail and tried to acquaint the reader to 17th century Venice, it was educational, but there was lack of life infused to the book it readlike a dry textbook I ve learnt a lot about Venice, but took nothing away from the characters, which was what I d have wanted.Also, what was with the about turn of one of the major characters in the book towards the end Throughout the book, he was painted so horribly that his change of heart and kinship with Sophia at the end felt extremely out of place For a book about glass making, there was precious little about the intrigue that came with her huge secret or the ramifications she d have faced I don t know, maybe I expectedbut I felt hugely let down.Overall, I d recommend it to anyone wanting to find outabout 17th century Venice and the glass making industry If you re looking for heart and soul in a book, I d suggest you look elsewhere Pretty good story, but the writing style is too close to romance novel for me Too much simile and metaphor that seemed over the top bosom heaving for my taste Three or four chapters were straight out of the romance genre Best part was the epilogue Ugh There are many reasons why I don t much like historical fiction, and this book pretty much had them all I guess it was 2.5 stars I sort of liked parts of it Far too much descriptive language excessive descriptions of clothing and locations Crappily edited grammar Are there no editors on this planet any Sigh Not exactly sure why this was considered in a romance contest yes, there was a romance in the book, but it was by FAR not the main plot line, and only barely a HEA. .FREE DOWNLOAD ⚆ The Secret of the Glass ☦ The Murano glassmakers of Venice are celebrated and revered But now three are dead, killed for attempting to leave the city that both prized their work and kept them prisoner For in this, the th century, the secret of their craft must, by law, never leave Venetian shores Yet there is someone who keeps the secret while defying tradition She is Sophia Fiolario, and she, too, is a glassmaker Her crime is being a woman Sophia is well aware that her family would be crushed by scandal if the truth of her knowledge and skill with glass were revealed But there has never been any threatuntil now A wealthy nobleman with strong connections to the powerful Doge has requested her hand in marriage, and her refusal could draw dangerous attention Yet having to accept and cease her art would devastate her If there is an escape, Sophia intends to find it Now, between creating precious glass parts for one of Professor Galileo Galilei s astonishing inventions and attending lavish parties at the Doge s Palace, Sophia is crossing paths with very influential people including one who could change her life forever But in Venice, every secret has its price And Sophia must decide how much she is willing to pay Praise for Donna Russo Morin s The Courtier s Secret As opulent and sparkling as Louis XIV s court and as filled with intrigue, passion and excitement as a novel by Dumasa feast for the senses Romantic Timesstars Vivid, delightful, spiriteda page turner as smooth as fine cognac Steven Manchester, author of The Unexpected Storm A wonderfully spun gem of a story Armchair Reviews Reading Group Guide Inside I just could not get into this book the author uses far too many unnecessary adjectives and forced metaphors. It took to long to get me hooked It was okay. Kept getting distracted