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Posted on April 3 at 12:17 p.m.
Me too Littlehippo! Funny you and I have Little in our online names!! I found Stained Glass to be an epic tale, skilfully written and lavish in detail. The author has created a story so compelling that from the first few pages, I was completely captivated by the character of Lucas and the boy he has tried so hard to forget.The incredible life story of a boy, born in 1970's Brazil and surrounded by the most profound adversity. I loved the way the book keeps changing between the story of the boy in Brazil to present day London, where as an adult, Lucas describes his childhood and the new life he has carved out for himself against all odds. This is a hugely inspiring journey and an excellent example that it is not what happens to us in life, but how we deal with it. The suffering we experience does not have to destroy us.Despite the tragedy and hardship faced throughout, there is an underlying feeling of hope and promise within this book. Each character is very well developed and believable, stirring deep emotions in me, the reader. C W Ducey describes the Brazilian surroundings, culture and the character's life so well, that the whole book reeks of an authenticity rarely found.Richly evocative, emotionally powerful and beautifully written. I highly recommend this novel.
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Posted on April 2 at 9:48 a.m.
I am so pleased to see an interview with the author of this incredible novel. I read it last year and it is honestly one of the finest I have ever read. The fact it is the writers debut AND inspired by a true story is incredible. The striking cover art is what caught my eye initially online, it is a thing of beauty!