Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of
the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than
gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the
glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in
the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino Manin, sells
his methods and his soul to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, to
protect his secret daughter. In the present day his
descendant, Leonora Manin, leaves an unhappy life in
London to begin a new one as a glassblower in Venice. As
she finds new life and love in her adoptive city, her
fate becomes inextricably linked with that of her
ancestor and the treacherous secrets of his life
begin to come to light.
In this internationally bestselling debut, a heartbroken woman embarks on a grand exploration of life and love as a glassblower in the city of her ancestors, Venice, and learns that the past may not be as clear as blown glass.