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The Christmas season in mid-19th century Bavaria is brought to life in the The Glass Minstrel, a new, original historical novel from acclaimed author Hayden Thorne. Two fathers, Abelard Bauer and Andreas Schifffer, are brought together through the tragic deaths of their eldest sons.

Bauer, a brilliant toymaker, fashions glass Christmas ornaments and his latest creation is
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Published (first published September 1st 2010)
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Jenre
This historical set in 1800s Bavaria tells the story of three characters. The first two, Bauer and Schiffer, are two men whose sons ran off together, leaving scandal in their wake. When the two young men die tragically their fathers are left with not only the ripples of the scandal to cope with, but also their own loss, their blame and their sorrow at what was said or not said between them and their sons. The story is set in the few days leading up to Christmas, over a year after the deaths of t ...more
Kassa
Stefan remains a little distant since the kiss. In fact, he’s been avoiding me lately. It’s very annoying. Is there a right way and a wrong way to kiss another boy? Men and women have mouths—what’s the difference? Whiskers? I’m only sixteen!
- from the journal of Heinrich Schiffer

The Glass Minstrel is an incredibly lovely tale that brought tears to my eyes. This is definitely a book that’s going on my keeper shelf and will pull out around Christmas just for the pleasure of reading. Thorne has del
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Kassa
Stefan remains a little distant since the kiss. In fact, he’s been avoiding me lately. It’s very annoying. Is there a right way and a wrong way to kiss another boy? Men and women have mouths—what’s the difference? Whiskers? I’m only sixteen!
- from the journal of Heinrich Schiffer

The Glass Minstrel is an incredibly lovely tale that brought tears to my eyes. This is definitely a book that’s going on my keeper shelf and will pull out around Christmas just for the pleasure of reading. Thorne has del
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LD  Durham
This was a beautiful book. I was leery of this one, not sure I wanted to submit myself to what I thought would be a "downer." But I went for it and I am so, so glad I did! This wasn't a downer at all. The Glass Minstrel was a beautiful story of two men and a boy fighting their way to acceptance and solace, their lives entangled in the death of two other young men who stubbornly sought their own happiness.

I was enthralled at how perfectly the tales of all these characters were weaved together to
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The Novel Approach Reviews
I first read Hayden Thorne’s The Glass Minstrel in its original publication four years ago, and one of the things I remember clearly about the book, when I’d finished reading it, was a sense of awe at how skillfully each of the individual storylines were woven together to make for a single, brilliant book.

There are three narratives running concurrently throughout The Glass Minstrel, each vibrant in detail that firmly affixes the story to its Christmas, 1850, time and place; each rich with emotio
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Jon Wilson
I was cold a lot during this book. And that’s a good thing.

A moving story about the aftermath of “an event” that managed to push me in several different directions. Early on (about a third of the way in), I worried that the author had tipped her hand too early; I felt (and continue to feel) the emotional impact of “the event” could have been so much deeper had it been played out to us gradually (i.e., the final fates of Heinrich and Stefan revealed only in the last chapters of the book). But I f
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Elisa Rolle
I have no trouble at all to admit that at the end of this novel I was in tears, but it was not a desperate crying, it was more like a lonely tear or two down your cheek, thinking, wondering of the things that could have been and will not and the hope that in any case is born from a tragic event.

This is the story of two lost souls, Heinrich and Stefan, barely eighteen years old kid who died together since together they wanted to live; their happiness was short and it was not easy, and so the tea
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Shanna
This was a lovely book and it was fun meandering down the streets with the characters the author created but the story did just that, meandered here and there with little or no direction. The author seemed to have ideas as to where he wanted things to go but was unable to find direction for those ideas. The characters were developed ever so slightly so that as a read I could sympathize with the fathers who had lost their sons and with the young man trying to find his way in a world that doesn't ...more
Andune
This book is incredibly tender and moving. The story is quite original for a book of this genre and I enjoyed the change of pace. Basically it is a novel where three characters touch on each other's lives in ways that they would not have expected: two fathers who lost their sons and deal with the aftermath of grief, a young boy who is struggling to understand who he is and the ghostly voices of the two young lovers who died much too young.

Though the book is nostalgic and made me ache a little fo
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