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The American Lady

(Glasbläser-Saga #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  9,439 ratings  ·  388 reviews
Tempestuous and beautiful Wanda Miles, daughter of Ruth and Stephen Miles (or so she thinks), aspires to more than the life of a debutante, but the trouble is she doesn’t know precisely what she wants. Then her aunt Marie, the family’s renowned glassblower, arrives from Lauscha, Germany, and Wanda decides that learning about her ancestry may hold the key to her future. Whe ...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Amazon Crossing (first published January 1st 2003)
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Fran
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Both the Glassblower and the American Lady were mediocre books. They just missed the Mark of being truly interesting. I enjoy generational books, especially of simply people who struggle through life to become some thing. That is what held my interest in these books. The Steinmann sisters (Johanna, Ruth and Marie) struggle to build their father's glassblowing business after he dies (book 1). In book two we see Johanna married and carrying on with the business, Ruth builds a well to do life in Am ...more
Christine
Mar 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Glassblower. I didn't love it but I enjoyed reading about the glass blowing. I decided to get the second book to see what happened next. I stopped reading it. I really didn't care anymore what happened. I realized that there was not 1 character in the book that I liked. The women in this story are not strong and smart. To me they are selfish and not very nice to each other. The only one with the slightest redeeming quality is the oldest sister, Johanna. I don't know who I hated most o ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4.5 Stars

The American Lady is a good sequel to The Glassblower. But be prepared to have a hankey close by at the end. I'll admit I didn't see it coming though there were clues here and there.

Marie Steinmann is bored and hasn't created a new sketch for her family's glassblowing shop. At 38, she fears that she's all out of ideas. In New York, Wanda Miles is also having trouble finding her way in the world. She doesn't want to be a young wealthy socialite. She wants to make her own path in the worl
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Melodie
Installment #2 in the Glassblower trilogy has the focus on Wanda the daughter of Ruth one of three sisters and Marie the middle sister.Wanda, headstrong and spoiled has grown up wanting for nothing. Predictably she rebels against everything, and lands herself in fix after fix. Marie having come to New York to visit(picture country mouse visits city mouse) and becomes involved in a torrid love affair.
Eventually having tired of the New York scene Wanda and Marie journey abroad, Wanda on an atte
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Marianna
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I'm pretty much speechless. I loved The Glassblower and could not wait to read the second installment in this Trilogy and, to me, this book exceeded every expectation.

I like to play a game when I read a book... I try to guess why the book is named the way it is. There is always a reason why each author gives the name that he/she does. This book, for the life of me, when I first started reading it, eluded me - after all, the story is about German sisters, what does an American Lady have to
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Sojourner
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading The Glassblower, the first book in the Glassblower trilogy, I was not sure if the second book The American Lady would live up to my expectations, bringing sheer joy and pure pleasure as did the first book. It was a bit nerve-wracking as I browsed through the first few pages but The American Lady by Petra Durst-Benning, and rendered into English by Samuel Willcocks, is as beautiful, if not better, than The Glassblower.

The American Lady is consistent with The Glassblower, and author
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Jennifer
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in The Glassblower trilogy, I found The American Lady to be surprisingly , well, surprising in the adventures of the Steinmann sisters and their family members. The plot took so many twists and turns and at times I felt I knew for sure what was going to happen but I was completely wrong. I love it when a novel shakes up my assumptions! I'm excited for the third installment to be available in the US and see how Petra Durst-Benning wraps up this tale. There is so much good stuff in ...more
Gina Basham
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this more than the last book

A good read. Some minor complaints about a few of the storylines that didn't seem to get anywhere. I will continue with the series. I would recommend. Gbash
Jool
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Petra Durst-Benning writes the most historical fiction novels I have read. This entire series, The Glassblower, is amazing. I highly recommend this author.
Deeann Zessin
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tempestuous and beautiful Wanda Miles, daughter of Ruth and Stephen Miles (or so she thinks), aspires to more than the life of a debutante, but the trouble is she doesn’t know precisely what she wants. Then her aunt Marie, the family’s renowned glassblower, arrives from Lauscha, Germany, and Wanda decides that learning about her ancestry may hold the key to her future. When Marie accidentally reveals a long-held secret about Wanda’s parents, Wanda goes to Lauscha to unravel the truth.

While Marie
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Maryellen
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for multi-book series and I've really enjoyed books 1 and 2 of the Glassblower Trilogy. In fact, I was anxiously watching for the 2nd book to come out and I wasn't disappointed. This book continues to follow the family of female glassblowers from Germany. It picks up several years later with the Mannheim family well established and younger sister Marie finding herself creatively burned out from years of designing and blowing the delicate glass ornaments that have kept her family for ...more
Tara
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy the first 3/4ths of this book. The last quarter, however, made me move my 2 rating to a 3. This was the 2nd book in a series, which takes up 20 years later but it leaves those years of Marie's life mostly in the dark with little explanation to the why on the info the author did disclose about those years. For a series about 3 strong woman and survival I would have thought that the plot would have been set well before the end of the book. I felt as though the first 3/4ths were just ...more
Susan
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the series follows 3 sisters who must learn the glass-blowing business to survive after the death of their father. Part I transported me to another world. I waited for Part II to be published and ordered it as soon as I could. Perhaps my memory of the first book expanded as I waited, or perhaps the setting in the United States was just not as interesting -- but I felt a little let down. The new characters failed to engage me and at times I felt like I had to plow through the pl ...more
Jazzie Jen
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The connection I formed with the characters is unlike anything I've ever experienced. It felt as though I was there with them. Celebrating their joy and sobbing at their sorrows and loss. And how I became whenever one was slighted, as though they were friends of mine to protect!
Well done, Petra. And on to book 3!
Sandy VanDerveer
Heartwarming

Cannot to read the next book, Love this story of the glass blowers...very fast moving a very easy read. Filled with twists and turns. I highly recommend it...
Teresa R.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can not wait to read the last bk!
Elizabeth Camden
I adore this author....I loved the first book in this series (The Glassblower), but this one.....well, I was let down by the end. I can't say anything else without spoilers!
Mahita
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And the saga continues for the three sisters. This story picks up after 17 years of thriving glass blowing business and the artist Marie finding no more inspiration left to push into her work. And to find the muse, she travels to New York to meet her sister Ruth and her family. And there, she finds more than she bargained for. While she certainly found the muse, she also found love.

Wanda, Ruth's daughter, seems to be a typical teenager, bent on getting on her parents nerves. Surprisingly, she fi
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Jo Gomez
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As exciting as book #1

The 2nd book in this trilogy was just as exciting as the first. I ant wait to read book #3,
Judy
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Petra Durst-Benning continues this family saga with another heart-warming story. The sisters in the family trilogy are such strong characters. Looking forward to the third and last of this trilogy.
Debbie
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good sequel

I enjoyed this as much as the first book but I'm hoping that some loose ends from the first book do get tied up. I would definitely recommend these books as a good summer read.
Kristina
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The American Lady by Petra Durst-Benning is the second book in The Glassblowers Trilogy. Ruth Steinmann has immigrated to America with Steven Miles and her daughter, Wanda. After two years Ruth was able to get a divorce from her husband Thomas. It is now seventeen years later. Wanda is a young lady who is a very independent thinker. Despite the fact that her family is wealthy, Wanda wants to work a job. Wanda has just gotten a job a Dittmer’s Deli. Unfortunately, things do not go well and Wanda ...more
Rachael
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This review also appears on my blog, Reading Rachael.

I think my expectations were just too high for this follow up to a book that I consider one of my all-time favorites, The Glassblower. A lot of the things that I really enjoyed about the first book in this series were noticeably missing from this installment. In the first book, I really enjoyed reading about the glassblowing process, and the town of Lauscha in Germany, and the relationships between the three Steinmann sisters. All of those ele
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Diane
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possibly a 3.5 star, this is the second in the Glassblower series. Although this continued the saga of the Steinman sisters, I felt it was a little flat, as second installments sometimes are. The youngest sister, Marie, is in the midst of an artistic dry spell. She breaks out and goes on a trip from Lauscha to New York City to visit her sister whom she hasn't seen in eighteen years and meet again, her niece who was only a baby all those years ago. Initially, out of place, Marie is soon thriving ...more
Linda Lpp
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this as a ebook-which made reading this easy to pick up. Enjoyed this #2 book of trilogy
Interesting to see how "history repeats itself" in the generations . I found the characters very well described (appearance and demeanor that one could almost create a picture in your mind of who they really were.
As the reader you got a sense of the hardships the glassblowers and their families had to endure. Also encouraged by how they did manage to come up with new ways of doing business, create new
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Tiki Tami
I did not enjoy it as much as the first one.
Donna Alley-Burgoyne
Enjoyed this book as much as the first book in the trilogy. Looking forward to the third book which comes out in September. These books are about three sisters who are left to fend for themselves as glass blowers in Germany.
Lisa Sachs
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Completely captured in this story

Lovely book, well written and executed. It left me wanting more. I couldn't put it down. At this time, I am very excited for the third book to come out.
MaryAnne Truemper
Second in the trilogy

The characters are people we know, most of whom we like and others we cannot. Patterns appear in relationships, in glass, and in families. I look forward to following these family connections across continents in the last book of the trilogy.
Irene Ellefson
Not nearly as good as Book 1

I looked forward to reading Book 2 because I enjoyed Book 1. But, this book was long on description and short on the elements of plot that make a story worth reading.
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