Set in Iceland—with its volcanoes, glaciers, and thermal lagoons—and framed by the magical art of glassblowing, The Color of Ice is the breathtaking, unforgettable story of a woman's awakening to passion, beauty, and the redemptive power of unconditional love.
Cathryn McAllister's carefully-ordered life is upended when she travels to Iceland to interview a charismatic but reclusive glass artist who wants to capture the country's iconic blue icebergs in blown glass. Little by little, she abandons her itinerary to spend time with him, and finds herself torn between the life—and self—she knows and a new world of risk, revelation, and passion.
Just when she thinks her path is clear, Cathryn is tested in a way she never could have imagined—and brought to a stunning act of love that changes her forever.
“Barbara Linn Probst’s exquisite new novel is a passionate tale of love, loss, redemption, and healing
as seen through the power of glass and ice”
— Lisa Barr, author of Woman on Fire and The Unbreakables
“Writing with beauty and insight, Barbara Linn Probst explores the unfolding of artistic creation
and the mysterious journey from passion to unconditional love.”
— JoAnne Tompkins, author of What Comes After
"A remarkable, utterly engrossing novel"
—Katherine Gray, award-winning glass artist and resident evaluator on the Netflix series Blown Away
"Barbara Linn Probst has gifted us with another luminous story of art and passion—a tale of discovery and forgiveness that moves like a glassblower's rod, always turning, always moving, all the way to its stunning ending."
—Diane Zinna, author of The All-Night Sun
"A brilliant novel of art and passion set against a stunning Icelandic backdrop. Through vivid descriptions
and a keen insightfulness, Probst creates a seamless journey of self-discovery
culminating in acceptance, healing, and ultimately, unconditional love."
—Rochelle Weinstein, author of This is Not How It Ends and When We Let Gon
"Seamlessly portrayed, tenderly sculpted, The Color of Ice is an alluring, stunning literary vision
that will stay in your mind long after you finish it."
—Weina Dai Randel, author of The Last Rose of Shanghai
"An engaging narrative with an ending you won’t expect. A sensitive and sensual story of renewal."
"Barbara Linn Probst’s lyrical writing takes readers on a splendid journey into parts unknown.
Nothing is predictable as the story unfolds through the nuanced magic of Probst’s words."
—Patricia Sands, author of the Love in Provence series
"Probst's lyrical prose takes readers into the lives of two artists, their search for themselves, and a glimpse of the art they create together and separately. There are twists and turns throughout …
A lovely book that will become part of my permanent collection."
—Midwest Book Review
"Great for public libraries"
Praise for The Color of Ice
Finalist for the Hawthorne Prize for Fiction
Book Trib chooses The Color of Ice as one of four books to “steal your breath away!”
Some Launch Highlights
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