Thorndike Press

The Glass House

  • Beatrice Colin
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  • ISBN-10: 1432884123
  • ISBN-13: 9781432884123
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.20 lbs ( .54 kgs)
  • 416 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released January 2021

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Scotland, 1912. Antonia McCulloch’s life hasn’t gone the way she planned. She and her husband, Malcolm, have drifted apart; her burgeoning art career came to nothing; and when she looks in the mirror, she sees disappointment. But at least she will always have Balmarra, her family’s grand Scottish estate. When her estranged brother’s wife arrives unannounced, Antonia is instantly suspicious. What besides an inheritance dispute could have brought her all the way from India? Slowly, a fragile friendship grows between them. But when the secrets each are keeping become too explosive to conceal, the truth threatens their uneasy balance and the course of their entire lives.


Customer Reviews

“Lyrical . . . Immersive . . . Alluring . . . Family secrets addto the intrigue . . . Colin’s final work is a fine achievement.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Colin’s lovely storytelling conveys the stark reality of women’s lives in the post-Victorian era . . . For fans of historical and women’s fiction.”

— Library Journal

“Balmarra itself is another character in the story, filled with family treasures and portraits, with a spectacular glass house on the grounds containing rare plant specimens from all over the world. Offer this to fans of historical fiction, women’s stories, and Scotland.”

— Booklist

“Lush Eastern landscapes and the rare subjects of botanical quests and obsessions, are complemented by eloquent descriptions of the beauty of the Scottish countryside and coastline . . . Colin’s meandering tale has room for surprises, suspense, and soul-searching in its journey toward a cinematic conclusion.”

— Kirkus Reviews