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
Although more slowly paced in parts, Fletcher writes beautifully and the book prompted many thoughts. Truly an enjoyable read as the season turns to autumn, but would suit anytime of the year.
(Also, note that the heroine is disabled and uses a cane.)
> 4.2 stars ...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
With all due respect to this book, I’m putting it back onto my TBR shelf for now.
House of Glass is very literary and atmospheric and could potentially be something I really end up loving. As for now however, I think I have to much going on in my mind to appreciate the beautiful writing. 100% me and not the book, but I’m going to save this until another time, preferable in autumn.
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
After Witch Light, I tried a different kind of book by another author as my next read. Unfortunately, I had to put said book on hold, because Susan Fletcher's masterpiece was still on my mind at every page. So I decided to read the other novel by the same author I bought and while it's not as amazing as Witch Light ...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
There were some beautiful lines and sentimental moments that were truly memorable, for sure. The author took alot of creative liberties with he ...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
Forced to spend her childhood indoors through illness Clara only knows of the world from her mother and stepfather. Now able for the great outdoors, a naïve young woman, carrying a limp from a badly mended broken hip, she sets out to may a way in the world but experiences a major set back when her mother dies suddenly. Clara finds her way to Kew and the Palm House. The t ...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
Sure there's a resemblance but this story was drafted in a different way.
‘House of Glass’ left me with so much sorrow. I also had a moment of nervousness with all that occurred.
For me the ending was unpredictable. I had concluded some conclusion of my own but not quite precisely.
It's a combination of debates, questionnaire, rational, factual, and it's certainly focused on morality ...more
Clara’s a wonderful and complicated character. She’s blunt and forthright, and fiercely independent despite a sheltered upbringing. She grow ...more