Tuesday, November 07, 2023

#BookReview: The Porcelain Maker by Sarah Freethy @freethy @StMartinsPress

Synopsis: Two lovers caught at the crossroads of history.
A daughter's search for the truth.

Germany, 1929: Under the dazzling lights of Berlin, two people are drawn together: Max, a Jewish architect, and Bettina, a beautiful and celebrated German avant-garde artist. But their bright beginning is soon dimmed by the rising threat of Nazism. In time, Max is arrested and sent to the concentration camp at Dachau where only his talent at making exquisite porcelain figures stands between him and death. Everything Bettina has done up until now has been meticulously planned to try to save Max. She would rather die than live another moment without him—but can one moment last a lifetime?

America, 1993. Bettina’s daughter Clara embarks on a journey to trace her roots and discover the identity of her father, a secret her mother has kept from her for reasons she’s never understood. As Clara starts piecing the puzzle together, we are transported back in time, where life is lived on a razor’s edge, and deception and death lurk around every corner.


Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: This story swept me away with a tale of heartbreak and survival in a time of war. From start to finish I could not put it down.  The Porcelain Maker was one book that was hard to put down.  I would make sure to have a box of tissues near you if you're going to read this one.  Because it has all the feels. 


"Once I started reading The Porcelain Maker, I didn't want to stop...Freethy is brilliant as she weaves two time periods effortlessly into a page-turning journey to uncover a past of heroism, betrayal, love, and loss." ―Heather Morris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Three Sisters

"In her exquisitely crafted and poignant debut, Sarah Freethy brings readers an unforgettable tale of love and loss.... Phenomenal." 
―Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author of The Mitford Affair

"As detailed, delicate, beautiful, and brutal as the hidden porcelain Sarah Freethy conjures, this heart-rending debut intertwines real history and characters both noble and endearing into a story to live in, learn from, and love." 
―Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Postmistress of Paris 

"A heartbreaking story of beauty in the midst of brutality." 
Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of Band of Sisters 

"A riveting and immersive novel, at the intersection of art and war." ―Laura Spence-Ash, bestselling author of Beyond That, the Sea

"A standout novel of heartbreak, survival and hope in time of war. Gripping, beautifully written, 
The Porcelain Maker is destined to be a huge bestseller." ―Rachel Hore, bestselling author of One Moonlit Night and A Beautiful Spy

"A searing and propulsive novel about bravery and betrayal, love and art. I was pulled into the story and swept along until the very end." ―Clarie Fuller, bestselling author of The Memory of Animals

About the Author

SARAH FREETHY worked as a writer, script consultant, producer and development editor in television before turning her hand to fiction. THE PORCELAIN MAKER is her first novel. She lives in England with her family.

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