House of Glass
June 1914 and a young woman - Clara Waterfield - is summoned to a large stone house in Gloucestershire. Her task: to fill a greenhouse with exotic plants from Kew Gardens, to create a private paradise for the owner of Shadowbrook. Yet, on arrival, Clara hears rumours: something is wrong with this quiet, wisteria-covered house. Its gardens are filled with foxgloves, hydrang...more
I love gothic style stories and House of Glass by Susan Fletcher has all the elements of what I was looking for. A Manor House set on the edge of an English Country Village, it's reclusive owner who only visits occasionally and remains in his rooms for the during of his visit. A Village of wary residents who remain tight lipped when asked about the House's histor ...more
We follow the story of Clara, a young woman almost made of glass, with a medical condition that curses her with easily broken bones. A childhood of suffering due to broken bones, she grows up to be a crippled young woman with a mind beyond her tiny body. After the loss of her mother she starts working for Kew Gardens. Until one day she's appointed to set up a glass house in a house in Gloucester.
House of Glass is a historical novel within this tradition. It is set just before the outbreak of the First World War and features a s ...more
Amazing book that starts in the 90' century.
I have always craving to read a story that is fresh and an original book.
I give the book 4.5 stars and thankfully I started reading it in 2019 with a perfect start.
Something that I have had never read and the book did not disappoint me at all.
Starting from the sample that I read which satisfied me from the start to the instagram when I saw it in others feed and I fel ...more
The story follows Clara, a young woman who spent her childhood confined to the safety of home. Suffering from a rare brittle bone condition, she is at const ...more
Many of the reviews of House of Glass mention its ‘darkly gothic’ tone, as well as the way in which it is such things as surp ...more
I am on a winning streak with my gothic reads these past few weeks and here is yet another little beauty to add to your wishlists. I know, I know, I’m sorry, you have too many books already but you and I both know you don’t want to miss a good book – after all that’s how your TBR grew into such a monster in the first place and, whilst I hate to add to your ever growing stacks, trust me, this book is worth it. Don’t miss out. Described as being reminiscent ...more
At first glance, House of Glass seems to fit neatly into the tradition of English Gothic haunted-house stories: an unusual or unreliable narrator (Clara Waterfield, age twenty and a sufferer of osteogenesis imperfecta, which renders her bones dangerously brittle; her beloved mother is dead of cancer and her stepfather not unkind but distant) is summoned to a stately home (Shadowbrook, in Gloucestershire) that represents some kind of sanctuary (the opportunity to use her newly acquired horti ...more
One of her strengths is that she knows plants. A gardener at Kew who she befriends helps her to get a temporary position at a country house whose owner wan ...more
Clara’s a wonderful and complicated character. She’s blunt and forthright, and fiercely independent despite a sheltered upbringing. She grow ...more
I had read and reviewed another one of Susan Fletcher’s books (Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew, you can read my review here) a couple of years ago and loved it. When I checked my review, to remind myself what I had thought about it in mor ...more
On the cusp of Clara’s womanhood, her mother dies leaving her ...more
First things first, this book is absolutely stunning. My photo doesn't do it justice.
Secondly, and I really do feel the need to shout this, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I was hooked right from the first page. I loved the characters, the setting, the plot - the whole shebang. It actually reminded me very much of Laura Purcell's writing (and I adored both of her books). Honestly, this whole post is simply me gushing about how amazing this b ...more
Clara is cosseted by her mother and step father, who wrap her up in cotton wool, keep her inside the house and away from danger. But Clara feels isolated and claustrophobic and yearns to experience the outside world. She's feisty and occasionally rails against her parents, either becoming sullen or throwing wild fits of temper.
When Clara's beloved mother dies, Clara begins to vent ...more
I felt like I was there in this novel. So real does the writing make you see, feel, and empathize with the heroine in this unearthly story.
Susan Fletcher is the author of Eve Green, which won the Whitbread Award for First Novel, Oystercatchers, and Corrag. She lives in the United Kingdom.