The youngest daughter of a celebrated glassmaker on the island of Murano, Maria is startled to learn what her late father’s will has dictated for her future. Rather than staying at her family home to lend her skill and artistry to glassmaking, she, rather than her refined older sister Giovanna, is destined to be married off to a Senator.
While struggling through being primped and polished to secure her betrothal, Maria really longs to be in the forges, especially since the newly-appointed glassblower Luca has captured her attention with his skill and dashing good looks. To make matters even worse, Maria finds herself promised to an older man who clearly prefers her older sister’s charms to her own. It would seem that poor Maria’s and Giovanna’s destinies are at odds, but what can they do to change their fates for the better?
Sisters of Glass is a fast and luscious read written entirely in verse. Readers will enjoy learning about such a different setting and time period and will root for Maria and Giovanna to follow their dreams. A lovely and romantic diversion. 160 pages. 11 and up
Recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland, USA.