The Glass Painter's Daughter by Rachel Hore

The Glass Painter's Daughter

By Rachel Hore

  • Release Date: 2009-04-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 205 Ratings
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From the bestselling author of A Week in Paris, and the Richard & Judy Bookclub pick A Place of Secrets, comes a gripping and moving story about family secrets, unrequited love, reconciliation and renewal.

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.

Praise for Rachel Hore's novels:

‘A tour de force. Rachel's Paris is rich, romantic, exotic and mysterious’ JUDY FINNIGAN
‘An elegiac tale of wartime love and secrets’ Telegraph
‘A richly emotional story, suspenseful and romantic, but unflinching in its portrayal of the dreadful reality and legacy of war’ Book of the Week, Sunday Mirror
'Pitched perfectly for a holiday read' Guardian
'Engrossing, pleasantly surprising and throughly readable' SANTA MONTEFIORE
'A beautifully written and magical novel about life, love and family' CATHY KELLY
'A richly emotional story, suspenseful and romantic, but unflinching in its portrayal of the dreadful reality and legacy of war' Book of the Week, Sunday Mirror


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    By Jojo Cob
    Enjoyed this book so much I had to read it twice straight off. Looking forward to reading another of her books!
  • The glass painters daughter

    By Toneyboney123
    What a wonderful moving book. It held me fixated looking forward to the next happening. Well done
  • A lovely, gentle and thoughtful read

    By Reader613
    Truly enjoyed this warm and thoughtful book, beautifully developed characters, real emotion and honest consideration of tough themes of forgiveness and redemption.
  • The Glass Painter's Daughter

    By Tedmill
    A well-knitted skein of stories showing the interweaving of lives and loves. And without deciding whether angels exist, she shows how our lives are shaped by angels, and how we become angels for others. A great page-turner. I was up all might reading the last five chapters.