Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blog Tour: The Glassblower's Wife by Joanna Campbell Slan (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

About the Book

Historical Mystery – short story

 Synopsis from Goodreads:

Advance praise for THE GLASSBLOWER'S WIFE ---

"Charmingly told and historically intriguing, this well-imagined and touching tale is one to share with your family and hold in your heart." - Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of THE WRONG GIRL.

"Who knew there were Jewish glassblowers? Joanna Slan knows, and she imagines their lives-and deaths-in a fascinating informative way that brings an unknown part of Jewish history to life."-Steve Lipman, staff writer for The Jewish Week, New York

"Beautifully written historical fiction that really captures the essence of the time period." - Yifat Cestare, Hebrew & Judaic Teacher and Tutor

When Jewish glassmakers and their families flee the powerful Doge of Venice, the cost of their freedom is three hundred and fifty-seven mirrors--the creation of the magnificent Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. But the Doge sends assassins to pick off the artists, one by one. Can Ruth Telfin, the mute wife of the head glassmaker, save her people? This is a 12,000-word short story.

My Review

This is not my usual genre to read, but I decided to give it a try as I’ve been wanting to read this author’s work for a long time. Since this is a short story, I figured it would be a good chance to get a taste of this author’s writing style. I never expected such a powerful story.

It’s informative with intriguing characters and an interesting storyline. I gobbled it up in one sitting. It made me realize that it doesn’t hurt to go out of my comfort genre once in a while :)

I will definitely be looking for more books by this author.

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

 Joanna Campbell Slan is the award-winning author of the Kiki Lowenstein Mysteries (an Agatha Award Finalist) and two other mystery series. Her stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series has been read and loved by millions. Her books reviving the classic heroine Jane Eyre have won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award. In her past life, Joanna was a television talk show host, an adjunct professor of public relations, a sought-after motivational speaker, and a corporate speechwriter. She is married to David Slan, CEO of Steinway Piano Gallery-DC. The Slans make their home on Jupiter Island, Florida.

Tour-Wide Giveaway

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Tour Participants

April 3 – Musings and Ramblings – Guest Post, E-Book Giveaway
April 3 – MysteriesEtc – Review, E-Book Giveaway
April 4 – Babs Book Bistro – Guest Post, E-Book Giveaway
April 4 – readalot – Review
April 4 – The Gal in the Blue Mask – Review, Interview
April 5 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Interview
April 5 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Guest Post, E-Book Giveaway
April 6 – Michelle’s Romantic Tangle – Guest Post, E-Book Giveaway
April 6 – Brooke Blogs – Review, E-Book Giveaway
April 7 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
April 7 – Frankie Bow – Interview
April 8 – View from the Birdhouse – Review, E-Book Giveaway
April 9 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review, E-Book Giveaway
April 10 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview
April 10 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review, E-Book Giveaway
April 11 – Laura’s Interests – Review, E-Book Giveaway
April 11 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Spotlight, E-Book Giveaway


  1. The Glassblower's Wife sounds like a great book. I am curious about the Jewish glassblowers now. I have to get a copy of the book. Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. It sounds like a really good historical mystery and something I don't know anything about! Thanks!

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this, Yvonne. It sounds like an interesting story! Thanks for hosting this terrific giveaway!

  4. What a great giveaway. I did not realize Joanna had a new book coming out so I am glad you shared this.

  5. I have wanted to read this booksince I first heard about it

  6. Jenn, I too was fascinated by the fact that there were Jewish glassmakers, but it makes sense when you think about how the Jews were so often scattered. They were like honeybees, pollinating knowledge wherever they went!

  7. holdenj, that's the best reason in my mind to read--we learn about things!

  8. Suko, I'm also giving away a pdf with the cover of the book (since the cover is so stunning), and facts about the story. Just send an email to and you'll automatically get the bonus materials.

  9. Angela, it's sort of an unusual project for me, isn't it? But I loved the story, so I followed my heart.

  10. Andrea, since it's only 99 cents, you might want to grab a copy!

  11. This sounds like an amazing book! Thank you so much for the review and contest!

  12. Fascinating story behind the story. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. I have a hard time reading out of my favorite genres, but have usually pleasantly surprised when I do.

    This sounds like a good one to try!

  14. I have seen glassblowers in person and this story made me appreciate their talent even more

  15. Grandma Cootie, I know that I was certainly fascinated by what I learned.

  16. LJ Dogsmom, realizing how long the glassblowers have been plying their art also gave me new appreciation for their craft.

  17. Looking forward to reading this book!


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