Since I am one of the last to do a review I will not belabor the point by telling the story all over again instead I have decided to bullet the main points and highlights.
- Sophia Fiolaro is the eldest daughter of Zeno Fiolaro a Murono Glass Maker
- She is a no nonsense kind of gal, rather reserved compared to her two younger boy crazy sisters
- She has inherited the artistic gift of glass making from her father
- She has to create her pieces in secret because it is against the law for women to pursue glass making.
- In fact the government controls the glass making industry. Don't think you are going to leave for another country to pursue your glass making career. The Venetians will track you down and kill you. The Murano glass makers are the best in the world and the secret of their glass making is not going to leave Venice.
- Being the eldest daughter with no brothers and the fact that her father, Zeno, has dementia puts Sophia in an uncompromising position. She must marry money so her family is provided for and her younger sisters have dowry's otherwise they will end up in convents.
- The man that has offered marriage to Sophia is of course older, chubby, with bad manners and a horrible family. He could care less about Sophia other than the fact that she gives him some notoriety.
- Predictably Sophia hates him and falls in love with a tall, dark handsome young man that she can't marry. Of course they are drawn together, Sophia lamenting that her life will be without love and she can't abide that.
- This is just the gest of the story to get you interested in reading the book. There is oh so much more to the story which does make it worth while to read.
- Traveling through Venice in the gondolas
- Becoming acquainted with the glass making process
- Learning about the measures that were taken to protect the secret of the glass
- Galileo's involvement~I really knew nothing much about Galileo. It is still amazing to me that as late as the early 17th century mankind still viewed the earth as the center of the universe. It was only a century before that the earth was still viewed as being flat.
- Learning about St. Mark's body being buried in Venice and that he is their Patron Saint
- How women were excluded from art and viewed really as fluffy, nonsensical beings in 17th century Italy.
- Learning about the politics involved between the Doce, Pope and the glass makers.
- Sluggish. Too much description and information crammed in.
- Predicable with the arranged marriage, and impossible love
- Well researched
- Beautifully described scenes
- Loved the Italian phrases
- Learning about Galileo was my favorite part, that was done very well.
- All in all it was an entertaining book and fast read.