Marriage can be as fragile as glass -- it looks solid, but sometimes the slightest thing can break it! Glass-sculptor Claire understands the fragility of things more than anyone. One year ago she overheated in her studio and fainted, causing the premature birth of her son. Since then, she's given up work, and devoted herself to her husband and ...
Marriage can be as fragile as glass -- it looks solid, but sometimes the slightest thing can break it! Glass-sculptor Claire understands the fragility of things more than anyone. One year ago she overheated in her studio and fainted, causing the premature birth of her son. Since then, she's given up work, and devoted herself to her husband and children. But then Lock Dixon begs her to provide a glass sculpture for a charity gala night. Claire knows that her family should come first, but overwhelmed by the guilt she feels about his wife's horrific accident, and unable to ignore the chemistry building between herself and Lock, she just can't say no. Her decision will call her marriage, her friendships and all her loves -- past and present --into question. And as her emotions are pushed to the limit, Claire will be left wondering if her life can ever be pieced back together?
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Publishers Weekly, 2008-04-07 Hilderbrand's seventh novel delves into the psyche of a guilt-ridden mother/artist who embarks on a self-destructive path. Nantucket glass artist Claire Danner Crispin has pieces in private collections and one in the Whitney, but is overwhelmed with the needs of her husband and four kids (she gave up full-time glassblowing to take care of the family). Her troubles worsen when Daphne, a friend she'd been drinking with, is severely injured in a drunken car wreck. Claire is convinced that Daphne's husband, Lockhart, holds her responsible, so she's surprised when he asks her to co-chair a charity gala and create a new piece of glass art for auction. The plot mushrooms as Claire and Lockhart begin an affair; Claire rethinks her priorities; a slew of gala-related complications arise; and Claire's ex-boyfriend turned rock star comes into play. Hilderbrand keeps a lot of balls in the air, and if she pays too much attention to event-planning minutiae, there are still enough conflicts to keep readers entertained. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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