Westerwald, Germany, in the middle of the 17th century
13-year-old Johanna has lost her entire family to the plague. All she has left is an unknown uncle who works as a potter in the potbakers‘ land. To survive the commotion of the Thirty Years’ War, her neighbor dresses her up as a boy. Johanna enjoys the new freedom she experiences along the way, and the opportunity to become a potter apprentice appeals to her. She keeps the truth from her uncle and soon shows an unusual talent as well as an unequalled passion. Will she be able to keep up the deception in a man’s world?
Fine ceramics, baroque shapes, blue patterns – those are the ingredients of 17th century pottery made in the ‚Kannenbäckerland‘, the potbaker’s land in the Westerwald region of Germany. Following the great success of this historical novel with German readers, I have finally finished the translation. The cover was created by the wonderful Florin of 100covers4you. The e-book is available for pre-order now and will be released on September 29.
Here are some pictures of original 17th century pieces from the ceramics museum in Höhr-Grenzhausen, where I did a lot of my research.
You may expect to learn a lot about pottery while reading this book, but you won’t notice, because the characters, especially protagonist Johanna, are going to steal your heart. She certainly stole mine.