‘The Color of Ice’ by Barbara Linn Probst

Reading Time: 4 minutes

If you’re looking for a book full of travel, art, romance…and real-life – look no further.


Cathryn is a freelance photographer who has been hired to shoot an enigmatic artist among Iceland’s iconic blue icebergs. She’s going to take some pictures, then head out on a solo trip around the country to spend some time seeing the sites. Things don’t turn out that way, because she finds herself repeatedly adjusting her itinerary so that she can spend time with the talented glassblower with whom she felt an immediate connection. She doesn’t know if he even likes her, he seems to tolerate her presence rather than embrace it. But bit by bit, as the pair get to know each other in the isolated glassblowing studio, Cathryn realizes that Mack is also aware of the chemistry between them. Is there any way that their relationship can survive the transition to the real world? 

One thing that I appreciated as a mother was the fact that, even while she’s falling in love, the widowed Cathryn is plagued with phone calls, texts, and emails from her adult children who are struggling with their own problems. She spends a lot of time trying to figure out a new relationship but keeps butting up against her actual life. Anyone looking for love after kids can identify with those challenges! 

If you liked the sultry, yearning-but-unique romance in Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle, you’ll love The Color of Ice. It’s as hot as one of Iceland’s naturally heated lagoons! 

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Praise for The Color of Ice

” . . .exquisite new novel . . . filled with spectacular moments of awakening . . . a passionate tale of love, loss, redemption, and healing as seen through the power of glass and ice. Color, form, and light ignite this woman’s journey by an artist who manages to open Cathryn’s closed heart. Probst gifts the reader with a seamless, rich portrayal of Iceland and how its natural beauty reflects and transforms everyone who touches its magnificent landscape.”
–Lisa Barr, New York Times best-selling author of The Unbreakables and Woman on Fire

“Barbara Linn Probst has written a brilliant novel of art and passion set against a stunning Icelandic backdrop. Readers will be drawn to Cathryn and Mack, two distinctly unique characters navigating the richly textured beauty of ice and light. 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, bestselling author of This is Not How It Ends and When We Let Go

“Seamlessly portrayed, tenderly sculpted, The Color of Ice is an alluring, stunning literary vision that’ll stay in your mind long after you finish it!”
–Weina Dai Randel, award-winning author of The Last Rose of Shanghai

“In The Color of Ice, Barbara Linn Probst has gifted us another luminous story of art and passion. Her tale of discovery and forgiveness moves like a glassblower’s rod, always turning, always moving, like the breathtaking ice and glass–all the way to a stunning and unexpected ending that feels just right.”
–Diane Zinna, author of The All-Night Sun

“In The Color of Ice, Barbara Linn Probst gives us a vivid travelogue, an ode to art, and a compelling journey of self-discovery–all in one remarkable, utterly engrossing novel. The two main characters–one cerebral and restrained, the other, corporeal and instinctual–find in each other the key to unlock their artistic voice.”
–Katherine Gray, award-winning glass artist and resident evaluator on the Netflix series Blown Away

“Writing with beauty and insight, Barbara Linn Probst explores the power of landscape to influence the unfolding of artistic creation and the mysterious journey from passion to unconditional love and redemption.”
–JoAnne Tompkins, author of What Comes After

“An engaging narrative with an ending you won’t expect. A sensitive and sensual story of renewal.”
–Kirkus Reviews

If you liked The Color of Ice, you may also enjoy other titles by Barbara Linn Probst.

Buy Queen of the Owls on Bookshop
Buy The Sound Between the Notes on Bookshop

Praise for Barbara Linn Probst

“The climax, on the night of her performance, is a tour de force steeped in suspense, and Susannah’s subsequent revelations are satisfying and authentic. A sensitive, astute exploration of artistic passion, family, and perseverance.”
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED

” The Sound Between the Notes is so beautiful, so lyrical, so musical that it was hard to put down. . . . This is a wonderful story from a skillful writer, one that appeals strongly to the heart. It features awesome characters, a twisty plot, and gorgeous writing.”
–Readers’ Favorite 5-star review

“In her second novel, Barbara Linn Probst delivers yet another powerful story, balancing lyrical language with a skillfully paced plot to build a sensory-rich world that will delight those who loved Queen of the Owls and win countless new readers. Offering a deep exploration of the search for identity and connection, The Sound Between Notes reminds us to embrace everything we are–and everything that’s made us who we are.”
–Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling author of Perennials

“Family ties can bind or blind us–even with relatives we’ve never met. In The Sound Between the Notes, trails of music connect generations separated by adoption–while the same notes threaten a family believed sewn with steel threads.In this spellbinding novel, Barbara Linn Probst examines how the truth of love transcends genetics, even as strands of biology grip us. Once you begin this story, suffused with the majesty of music and the reveries of creation, the ‘gotta know’ will carry you all the way to the final note.”
–Randy Susan Meyers, international best-selling author of Waisted and The Comfort of Lies

“As soaring as the music it so lovingly describes, poignantly human, and relatable to anyone who’s ever wondered if it’s too late for their dream, The Sound Between the Notes is an exploration of our vulnerability to life’s timing and chance occurrences that influence our decisions, for better or worse. Probst creates her trademark intelligent suspense as Susannah, an adoptee trying for a mid-life resurrection of an abandoned music career, confronts lifelong questions of who she is. A story that speaks to our universal need to have someone who believes in us unequivocally, and how that person had better be ourselves.”
–Ellen Notbohm, award-winning author of The River by Starlight

Author Bio

Barbara Linn Probst is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction living on a historic dirt road in New York’s Hudson Valley. Her acclaimed novels Queen of the Owls (2020) and The Sound Between the Notes (2021) were gold and silver medalists for prestigious national awards, including the Sarton and Nautilus Book Awards. The Sound Between the Notes was also selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Indie Books of 2021. Barbara has also published over fifty essays on the craft of writing for sites such as Jane Friedman and Writer Unboxed, along with two nonfiction books. Her third novel The Color of Ice was released in October 2022. Learn more on www.BarbaraLinnProbst.com.

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