The Glass Ocean
From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.May 2013Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .April 1915Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself.

The Glass Ocean Details

TitleThe Glass Ocean
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 4th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062642479
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Adult Fiction, Adult

The Glass Ocean Review

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    4 absorbing stars to The Glass Ocean! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I’m a fan of each of these authors, and when they joined forces previously to co-author The Forgotten Room, magic happened multiplied by three. My brief gushing review of The Forgotten Room is on Goodreads. The Glass Ocean is a historical mystery blending time and place across three narrators, two a century in the past, and one in the present. In 1915, Caroline Telfair Hochstetter is a southern belle married to Gilbert, who was once attentive to her 4 absorbing stars to The Glass Ocean! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I’m a fan of each of these authors, and when they joined forces previously to co-author The Forgotten Room, magic happened multiplied by three. My brief gushing review of The Forgotten Room is on Goodreads. The Glass Ocean is a historical mystery blending time and place across three narrators, two a century in the past, and one in the present. In 1915, Caroline Telfair Hochstetter is a southern belle married to Gilbert, who was once attentive to her but is now distant and overworked. She plans a trip for them to London aboard the Lusitania in the lap of luxury and hopes it will be a turning point in their marriage. At the same time, an old male friend of hers is also aboard the ship, and Caroline feels a connection to him, while also restless and discontent; not exactly how she expected to feel on this alluring vacation. Also in 1915, Tessa Fairweather is aboard the Lusitania, and she is returning home to Devon, but that is not exactly the truth. Tessa is an American with a fake accent to boot. In truth, she’s the daughter of a famous con, and is a con in her own right, but she craves an end to that part of her life. Her partner has one more trick in mind, and then they can move on with life. In the present day, Sarah Blake is a bestselling author with troubled finances. She finds herself opening a chest she had promised her mother she would not open. It belonged to her great-grandfather who passed away on the Lusitania in 1915. She discovers a mystery and travels to London for help in solving it. Everyone knows what happens to the Lusitania on that fateful day. With one chapter ending and the next beginning with one or two words from the previous, the masterfully blended narratives build the tension of the mystery at its heart. I loved all three characters. They are strong women with secrets to hide and brave stories to tell. There’s a love triangle and a mystery with a backdrop of the Lusitania steaming forward towards its tragic demise. Seamless writing, a sense of adventure, and exceptional storytelling define The Glass Ocean, and I hope these three authors come together again for another spellbinding read! Thank you to William Morrow for the complimentary ARC. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Dorie ** Traveling Sister**
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a 2 rounded up to a 3. My review is going to be different from many that I’ve read so far. This book first had me disliking it, then liking it, then disliking it again. It didn’t help I guess that I had just watched Titanic with my granddaughter for about the 10th time. Here’s what I thought.There is such an extensive blurb for this book that I will just give you snippets of what the book is about. There are three different narrators, two that will be aboard the Lusitania in the p This book was a 2 ½ rounded up to a 3. My review is going to be different from many that I’ve read so far. This book first had me disliking it, then liking it, then disliking it again. It didn’t help I guess that I had just watched Titanic with my granddaughter for about the 10th time. Here’s what I thought.There is such an extensive blurb for this book that I will just give you snippets of what the book is about. There are three different narrators, two that will be aboard the Lusitania in the past and one in the present, or at least 2013. Caroline is the wife of a very wealthy industrialist Gilbert Hochstetter, she has felt that lately her husband has been preoccupied and not very attentive to her. She is hoping this trip to London will rekindle the marriage fires. Gilbert is definitely up to something, but what?“Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything” Her sister Ginny is the one who talked her into this “job” aboard the Lusitania. She was under the impression that she was going to steal and then copy a long lost waltz by Strauss, but when she finds out this is about something much more she wants out of the job! She isn’t even sure of what she found in the safe, what is this extra sheet of paper with numbers, etc?????Sarah Blake is a best selling author but in 2013 she is struggling to find her next big idea for a book. She breaks a promise to her mother and opens a chest that belonged to her great-great grandfather. She finds references to the sinking of the Lusitania and perhaps something else that might make for a great story. She decides to go to England to find John Landford whose family archives etc might hold the secret to what really happened on the Lusitania.Confused yet? I certainly was. I usually don’t mind books that go back and forth in time, in fact I like that writing style, but this book did not flow smoothly for me. Add to that there are several romantic triangles, none of which were very convincing as the women kept changing their minds as to whom they loved.I felt that there were many comparisons to the story of the Titanic in the beginning including the description of the opulence aboard the ship, etc. Tess also just happened to be a remarkable sketch artist, very, very talented, sound familiar??When I researched the sinking of the Lusitania, just through Goggle, it seemed crazy that the ship even sailed when the Germans had warned the US and Britain that they would attack any ships sailing in a war zone. According to the book they were supposed to have an escort by the British Navy but there is no history to support that according to what I found.I really wanted to like this book but it ended up being just an o.k. read for me and at times really confusing and annoying to sort out. I’m giving it 3 stars because the premise was a good one and there was some good writing here. I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.
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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Booking passage on the Lusitania or any ship during WWI would not seem like a good idea to me, but Caroline Hochstetter and Gilbert needed to get closer, and figured this would be a wonderful way to help their relationship. Did Gilbert really agree to the reason they were going on the Lusitania or did he have ulterior motives?Along with Caroline and Gilbert on a ship in waters that German submarines were prowling, we meet Tess, a female thief, who needed to steal valuable music sheets to pay her Booking passage on the Lusitania or any ship during WWI would not seem like a good idea to me, but Caroline Hochstetter and Gilbert needed to get closer, and figured this would be a wonderful way to help their relationship. Did Gilbert really agree to the reason they were going on the Lusitania or did he have ulterior motives?Along with Caroline and Gilbert on a ship in waters that German submarines were prowling, we meet Tess, a female thief, who needed to steal valuable music sheets to pay her bills. We also meet Robert Langford, a man who has been in love with Caroline since the first day he saw her many years ago.All of the characters had a reason to be on the Lusitania, and the reasons were all different.Meanwhile the story line moves from the 1915 Lusitania story to present day and introduces the reader to a struggling author, Sarah Blake, who found a trunk containing things of her great grandfather’s who perished on the Lusitania. This mystery centered around what could these things have to do with Robert Langford and the story.And.....what could Sarah, Caroline, and Tess have in common all those years apart. We knew why Robert was there even though it actually was a coincidence that he and Caroline were booked on the same ship.THE GLASS OCEAN weaves all of these characters together taking us on a ship that was to be a luxury cruise but leads to intrigue, mystery, death, and secrets.The writing is flawless and beautiful even though I was a bit confused at first about how it all was to fit together. Learning the history of the Lusitania, the life style and protocol of the ship’s passengers, and having no sea legs along with the passengers kept my interest.THE GLASS OCEAN is another marvelously researched book that smoothly moves from chapter to chapter and gives the reader a marvelous history lesson. One chapter ended and the next began with a take off from one or two words that ended the previous chapter.ENJOY when you read the newest gem by these lovely, talented ladies. 5/5This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jamie Rosenblit
    January 1, 1970
    Three different narratives, one sinking ship. What is not to love here? This story is centered around the sinking of The Lusitania ship and is told in present day from a writer investigating a distant family member who was aboard, and two women, both of whom are hiding something - albeit very different things! I can say with confidence you will greatly enjoy watching how all three stories converge throughout this beautiful novel.I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    DNFed at 45%; this wasn’t awful, but the writing is very low-quality and the narrative very unengaging. It takes an ocean disaster and turns it into a story of a love triangle and a disgraced writer.And how about that love triangle, huh? One criminal, one southern belle, and the only dynamic the authors could think to put between these two women was a love triangle. Which I found very disappointing. And the modern-day plotline is downright boring. We’ve established a conflict between which of th DNFed at 45%; this wasn’t awful, but the writing is very low-quality and the narrative very unengaging. It takes an ocean disaster and turns it into a story of a love triangle and a disgraced writer.And how about that love triangle, huh? One criminal, one southern belle, and the only dynamic the authors could think to put between these two women was a love triangle. Which I found very disappointing. And the modern-day plotline is downright boring. We’ve established a conflict between which of these historical women will make it out and which will either die / not get the guy, but the modern-day character has barely any influence on the plot. Not a fan. Of course a book can work despite a somewhat tropey and trite plot, but I found myself very uninvested in the characters, despite getting 180 pages into the novel. And though I can feel a buildup to revelations I’m sure will be interesting enough, I can safely say right now that I won’t find this very memorable given my personal tastes.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    There is so much to love in this beautifully written book! The glamour and sinking of the Lusitania, espionage and a love triangle. I loved reading the three different viewpoints in the story. Williams, Willig and White knocked it out of the park with The Glass Ocean!
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  • Amy Bruno
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely amazing!
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    THE GLASS OCEAN is a joined project by authors Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White. It's a book about the fate of three women. Two of the women were on board the doomed passenger Line, RMS Lusitania. Although they differ in class. While Caroline Telfair Hochstetter is traveling in first class is Tessa Fairweather traveling in second class. But, both women's lives will intertwine...Years later bestselling author Sarah Blake breaks her promise to her mother and often the old chest that THE GLASS OCEAN is a joined project by authors Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White. It's a book about the fate of three women. Two of the women were on board the doomed passenger Line, RMS Lusitania. Although they differ in class. While Caroline Telfair Hochstetter is traveling in first class is Tessa Fairweather traveling in second class. But, both women's lives will intertwine...Years later bestselling author Sarah Blake breaks her promise to her mother and often the old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather. He died when RMS Lusitania sank after a hit from a German U-Boat in 1915. What she finds makes her travel from the US to England. There she obtains the help from John Langford to find out more about what she found in the chest...I'm a fan of Beatriz William, have read almost all of her books. So far, haven't I read that many books by Lauren Willig and Karen White. I was, therefore, curious to see how this joint collaboration would work out for me. I would say it's a book that for me felt a bit predictable, and I struggled a bit with the storylines from 1915. It's a risk while reading a book with a dual storyline that you will find yourself more taken with one of them. In this case, there are three women's stories we are following and I found Caroline's storyline to be the one I had the hardest time enjoying. It could be the fact that she suddenly out of the blue started to have feelings for another man while at the same time being in love with her husband. I just couldn't find myself truly enjoying this triangle drama. I found Tess's story, and her character to be more much interesting and engaging to read about. Especially as her story started to mix more and more with Caroline's. And it's Tess interaction with Caroline that makes Caroline a bit more interesting to read about. Then we have Sarah Blake. Without a doubt was it the modern storyline that I liked the best. I enjoyed her hunt for the truth. Her growing closeness to John Langford. Sarah for me was the character I found I liked so much that I almost groaned when it was time to go back to the 1915s. Although there is one event, one so totally frustrating towards the end of the book. That typical "let's throw in a predictable problem between Sarah and John," that almost made me scream with annoyance. I had myself a face-palm moment there. Still, I liked the ending. And, part of me wanted more. I had wanted to learn more about what happened after RMS Lusitania sank, not just snippets at the end. And, I loved that Beatriz Williams threw in a connection to her own books in that there were two ladies on the ship with a familiar surname...I want to thank William Morrow for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!
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  • Rhonda Ruff
    January 1, 1970
    Hmmm. Still trying to decide about this book 3.5 rounded up. I liked the story. I had a hard time with the characters. I found I really enjoyed Caroline’s and Sarah’s story. Tess fell flat for me. This story was more about the romance and less about everything else. I love all the authors so I will still be going back to their books. This one seemed to fall a bit flat
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 StarsI have to admit that this is the first time that I've read a book authored by either Beatriz Williams or Lauren Willig, but I've been a long-time reader and fan of Karen White's books so when I saw that she had co-authored The Glass Ocean, I just knew I had to get my hands on this book!My desire to read it was certainly rewarded as this is a fabulously written historical novel that kept me enthralled for the day it took me to read it! Plus, I found two new authors to love in Williams a 4.25 StarsI have to admit that this is the first time that I've read a book authored by either Beatriz Williams or Lauren Willig, but I've been a long-time reader and fan of Karen White's books so when I saw that she had co-authored The Glass Ocean, I just knew I had to get my hands on this book!My desire to read it was certainly rewarded as this is a fabulously written historical novel that kept me enthralled for the day it took me to read it! Plus, I found two new authors to love in Williams and Willig and already have several of their books waiting to (very soon) be read on my bookshelf...I love it when that happens, don't you?The story is told from the perspective of three different women, all strong, resilient, vivid, yet very distinct personalities. It is hard to say which one of the three that I loved the most because I just loved all three! Two of the women are traveling to London in 1915 on the RMS Lusitania even though there is a threat of German U-boats: there is the beautiful, wealthy, Caroline Telfair Hochstetter, who is traveling with her very distant husband Gilbert in first-class. She's desperately trying to hold onto his attention while trying to ignore feelings that are being stirred by an old beau. Then there is very clever Tessa Fairweather, or should I say, Tennessee Schaff, a young forger and con artist who desperately wants to start a new, crime-free life in London if she can pull off one last big heist, a heist that puts her squarely in the path of Caroline in ways that neither would ever foresee when they boarded the majestic ship. In the present day, there is Sarah Blake, a young author, struggling to pay for the care of her Alzheimer's ridden mother. She's just discovered her next book idea after reading the trunkful of papers belonging to her great-grandfather, who was a porter aboard the Lusitania when he died. She needs answers to the mystery that she's discovered, so she makes her way to England and enlists the help of John Langford, great-grandson of Robert Langdon, who knew her grandfather when he was also aboard the ship when it met its tragic fate.Although at times I could tell White's distinctive writing voice throughout the novel, what I thought made this novel so enchanting was how flawlessly all three of the writer's voices combined into storytelling perfection. The writing is just beautiful, the research is meticulous, and each chapter seamlessly blends into the next one as you read with bated breath this novel of mystery, adventure, espionage, and romance. A masterful read! If you love historical fiction, then you definitely need to pick up The Glass Ocean! Or if you are a fan of any of these authors, then you will enjoy this one! I know that I can't wait to read another novel by these three fabulous collaborators! **Thank you Edelweiss and William Morrow for an ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review.**
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    This was a terrific collaboration between three fabulous authors and it kept me riveted. This had everything a reader can't resist: appealing people, tangled love affairs, the intriguing setting of the Lusitania, all splashed with a few tears at the end. Each author created a set of distinct characters and stories that were fluidly combined into a compelling narrative. I now want to read Erik Larson's "Dead Wake," the book that inspired the authors to set their book during this time period.Fans This was a terrific collaboration between three fabulous authors and it kept me riveted. This had everything a reader can't resist: appealing people, tangled love affairs, the intriguing setting of the Lusitania, all splashed with a few tears at the end. Each author created a set of distinct characters and stories that were fluidly combined into a compelling narrative. I now want to read Erik Larson's "Dead Wake," the book that inspired the authors to set their book during this time period.Fans of all three authors (Beatriz Williams, Karen White, Lauren Willig) will enjoy this novel with the historical period seamlessly intertwined with contemporary times. This would also work for those who like the authors Kate Morton, Melanie Benjamin, and Susan Miessner, and because of sassiness of Sarah who appears in the contemporary story, JoJo Moyes.Thanks to the publisher for the advance digital review copy.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    HOLY CRAP THIS SOUNDS AMAZING
  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    The alternating POV chapters in this didn't really work for me, because I didn't like Caroline, I was meh on Tess, and I liked Sarah a lot, but her story obviously got the least amount of attention. I would have happily just read a novel about her. The rest was sort of disappointing.
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  • Susan Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    A love triangle, espionage, mystery, romance...and the backdrop of the sinking of Lusitania....brilliantly and beautifully written by the most wonderful trio of authors; The Glass Ocean is a masterpiece of storytelling. This compelling story is told from three points of view: modern day Sarah, an author whose quest for a bestseller takes her to England to investigate the mysterious connection between her great-grandfather and another man who were both onboard Lusitania; Caroline, married to a su A love triangle, espionage, mystery, romance...and the backdrop of the sinking of Lusitania....brilliantly and beautifully written by the most wonderful trio of authors; The Glass Ocean is a masterpiece of storytelling. This compelling story is told from three points of view: modern day Sarah, an author whose quest for a bestseller takes her to England to investigate the mysterious connection between her great-grandfather and another man who were both onboard Lusitania; Caroline, married to a successful businessman who is secretive and cold; Tess, a forger and con-artist who is traveling on the ship. All three women are remarkable...resilient, talented women, each at a crossroads, their fates thrown together by the tragedy that was Lusitania. I read each page, each beautifully written phrase, with my heart in my throat.
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    I very much enjoyed the book. You have to know there will be sadness. You can't read a book about the Lusitania and not have sadness! But all the characters you are primarily involved with come out on top, for the most part. I enjoyed the mystery involved of who is spying on who and who works for who! Quite the mess! I liked the way the way Sarah's story ended in modern day. That made me happy. I was left with a question as to what happened to her relative, Patrick the steward. I don't think tha I very much enjoyed the book. You have to know there will be sadness. You can't read a book about the Lusitania and not have sadness! But all the characters you are primarily involved with come out on top, for the most part. I enjoyed the mystery involved of who is spying on who and who works for who! Quite the mess! I liked the way the way Sarah's story ended in modern day. That made me happy. I was left with a question as to what happened to her relative, Patrick the steward. I don't think that was specifically covered. I can only assume he didn't survive the sinking. This was my first time reading anything about the Lusitania and I appreciate their research. I greatly enjoyed the experience!I love these 3 author's together! Team W, as they like to be called, is a winning combination in my opinion! I loved the hint of a 3rd book set in Paris in the Acknowledgements section at the end of this book. I would love this new story right now!
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Raela
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED this book! It combined so many of my favorite things and kept me guessing. I was initially unsure about 2 of the 3 POVs being in the same time (rather than 3 separate time periods), but I ended up loving that too. Everyone should look forward to its release in October!Fancy review:This novel is Williams, Willig, and White’s second collaboration after the 2016 release of their first collaboration, and it makes for yet another entertaining dual-time read. The story follows the points of view LOVED this book! It combined so many of my favorite things and kept me guessing. I was initially unsure about 2 of the 3 POVs being in the same time (rather than 3 separate time periods), but I ended up loving that too. Everyone should look forward to its release in October!Fancy review:This novel is Williams, Willig, and White’s second collaboration after the 2016 release of their first collaboration, and it makes for yet another entertaining dual-time read. The story follows the points of view of three women, one from 2013 and two from almost a hundred years earlier during the sailing of the Lusitania. The modern-day heroine is a descendant of a Lusitania employee and finds her path crossing with the descendant of a passenger with a mysterious connection to her own family. As she looks for answers, the perspectives of the historical heroines shed further light on the mystery and the intersections of all three storylines are effortlessly woven together. Readers who enjoy absorbing historical and contemporary stories rife with secrets and intrigue will find this an absorbing and fast-paced read!
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  • Creager
    January 1, 1970
    Solid start for all three women boarding the ill fated journey of the Lusitania. A wonderfully plotted, mysterious adventure and subterfuge for the whys and how’s of it’s so very real demise. Three romances that killed the characters and was cringeworthy, except for the tragic one...yeah, that one made sense (view spoiler)[and shocker not because of the adultery (hide spoiler)] but became the sinkhole that quickly devoured any realism before the burp of romantic claptrap to follow.
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  • Davida Chazan
    January 1, 1970
    Before the Titanic, there was the tragedy of the sinking of the passenger ship, the Lusitania, which was an event that forced the US into the first World War. In this carefully layered historical fiction novel, authors Williams, Willig and White bring us three stories of three women connected to one another and to that fateful sailing. Find out what I thought of this novel in my latest book review, here. http://drchazan.blogspot.com/2018/09/...
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  • Aura
    January 1, 1970
    Solidly entertaining novel by three of my favorite novelist. A century apart, there are dual narratives in which mysteries unravel, one of the doomed Lusitania in 1915 and the other in 2013 with the descendants of the survivors of the famous ship.
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Once Upon a Book Club Box - September 2018
  • Marisa
    January 1, 1970
    I was hooked by the beautiful cover of this novel. I loved that it transports me in location and time period. Told from 2 different times and by 3 strong voices i couldnt put it down.I have read each of these aurhoresses novels individually and loved the team W collaboration!
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  • Jenny Belk
    January 1, 1970
    Clearly a five star book rating. Having read The Forgotten Room, I was extremely excited about this book. Written by three of my favorite authors, once again I was captivated by the storyline, the characters, the sheer genius of this story. Onboard the ill fated RMS Lusitania, there is an abundance of activity: espionage, romance, theft and deceit. The characters are so well written that you feel connected to each of their lives. They each have their own story to tell. Who will survive the sink Clearly a five star book rating. Having read The Forgotten Room, I was extremely excited about this book. Written by three of my favorite authors, once again I was captivated by the storyline, the characters, the sheer genius of this story. Onboard the ill fated RMS Lusitania, there is an abundance of activity: espionage, romance, theft and deceit. The characters are so well written that you feel connected to each of their lives. They each have their own story to tell. Who will survive the sinking ? Will a long buried mystery be solved ? Will love prevail or will tragedy change their lives forever? I continue to be amazed by the talent the authors possess and how they seamlessly weaved together another oustanding collaboration. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss for the ARC. Put this on your list to read at the beach this summer.
  • Connie Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    New York City - 2013Sarah Blake is the author of a book called “Small Potatoes.” Her mother is in a nursing home for Alzheimer’s patients and in order to pay her bills, Sarah needs to write another novel and she chooses to write about the death of her great-grandfather aboard the RMS Lusitania.Caroline Telfair Hochstetter, 24, is preparing to go to England. She has just hired a new Lady’s maid named Jones who has proven to be gem. Caroline, and her husband, Gilbert, are throwing a party for thei New York City - 2013Sarah Blake is the author of a book called “Small Potatoes.” Her mother is in a nursing home for Alzheimer’s patients and in order to pay her bills, Sarah needs to write another novel and she chooses to write about the death of her great-grandfather aboard the RMS Lusitania.Caroline Telfair Hochstetter, 24, is preparing to go to England. She has just hired a new Lady’s maid named Jones who has proven to be gem. Caroline, and her husband, Gilbert, are throwing a party for their passenger friends as they prepare to depart aboard the Lusitania. Gilbert is not of old money, but has made his fortune from the Pennsylvania steels mills. He owns Hochsetter Iron and Steel. Caroline is very much in love with her husband but is afraid to take the transatlantic journey due to the possibility of war looming. But Gilbert insists as he wants to sell a rare, unfinished piece of music written by Johann Strauss.Tess and her older sister, Ginny, have been brought up to be shysters like their father. Tess has planned to crash the party as a maid to copy the music that Gilbert plans to sell. Not finding it as Ginny told her where it would be, Tess realizes that she will have to sail on the Lusitania and try again.John Langford is a disgraced politician in the UK. Sarah has been following him each morning as he goes out for coffee. When he notices her, he thinks she is a reporter. But she tells him she wants to speak to him about the Lusitania. It turns out that both of their great-grandfathers had been on the ship. She explains that she has found some items in her mother’s things belonging to her great-grandfather that point to some sort of a conspiracy in which both men had been involved. Sarah wants to write a book about it. At first, John wants nothing to do with it, but finally relents. Off they go to see if they can solve this mystery.This is an interesting story with well-created characters. I liked most of them except for Caroline. I felt that she was a wishy-washy person and easily led. I became a bit baffled now and then while reading the book, but stuck with it. Readers can certainly see that these three authors worked very hard to put this story together and I commend them for it.Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Terena
    January 1, 1970
    This is an amazing book. Despite having been written by three different people, it's a remarkably fluid read. You care about every character's perspective and the authors do a fantastic job of taking what could be a cheesy narrative (various WWII spies running around on a luxury cruiser that's sunk by the Germans, while carrying on extramarital affairs & staging opera concerts) and making it credulous. I was all set to give this 5 stars until I got to the end. I don't know what happened here This is an amazing book. Despite having been written by three different people, it's a remarkably fluid read. You care about every character's perspective and the authors do a fantastic job of taking what could be a cheesy narrative (various WWII spies running around on a luxury cruiser that's sunk by the Germans, while carrying on extramarital affairs & staging opera concerts) and making it credulous. I was all set to give this 5 stars until I got to the end. I don't know what happened here, but the ending DOES NOT WORK. Without trying to spoil anything, the endings for both narratives (WWII-era and modern day) are simply off. In the WWII era, two characters who have been genuinely pressing toward love do wind up together, but the way the end is written, it discounts the beautiful work done in the lead-up. A couple who, in all other parts of the book, were clearly falling in love gets married out of convenience. (How about getting married for love instead? It is, after all, what the entire book was building toward.) Don't even get me started on the ending for the modern-era: There's a time jump. A completely unneeded, illogical time jump.I was reading an ARC I got from Book Expo, so the final copy might be slightly different. But as a reader I felt cheated. I LOVED this book. LOVED it. Like stayed up to midnight because I wanted to finish it level love. Then they give me some sort of rushed ending why?
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  • Eden Church | The Required Reading List
    January 1, 1970
    The Glass Ocean was spectacular! I had been hungry for historical fiction recently, and this book did everything I wanted it to do, and everything I didn't even know I wanted it to do. The novel is written in 3 alternating points of view, two in the past and one in the close to present; I often find this format to be difficult to do well, the storylines often end up jumbled or don't cohere in the way they should. But in the hands of Williams, Willig, and White, each storyline melted seamlessly i The Glass Ocean was spectacular! I had been hungry for historical fiction recently, and this book did everything I wanted it to do, and everything I didn't even know I wanted it to do. The novel is written in 3 alternating points of view, two in the past and one in the close to present; I often find this format to be difficult to do well, the storylines often end up jumbled or don't cohere in the way they should. But in the hands of Williams, Willig, and White, each storyline melted seamlessly into the next and back again-- I never once stopped and took note of the format, which to me is a sign that it's done impeccably well because it doesn't call attention to itself; it simply supports the plot. I was swept into the characters' lives within the first couple chapters and couldn't put it down. And the romance... OOF. The romance. *SWOON* AND THE COVER.... let me have this on my shelves right now.I will be going back to read their last collaborative novel-- The Forgotten Room-- ASAP.*thank you to William Morrow and Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Jee Hooked On Bookz
    January 1, 1970
    3 women - 2 in the past (Caroline, a Southern belle married to a wealthy industrialist; Tesse, a con-artist), 1 in the present (Sarah, a writer) , whose lives are interlinked by one big event - the tragic final voyage of the HMS Lusitania. The story switched between 2013 and 1915.Storytelling was flawless, that's for sure. These experienced authors know their stuff. Despite having to write separately, one for each character, the story flowed seamlessly, as though it was written by one person. Th 3 women - 2 in the past (Caroline, a Southern belle married to a wealthy industrialist; Tesse, a con-artist), 1 in the present (Sarah, a writer) , whose lives are interlinked by one big event - the tragic final voyage of the HMS Lusitania. The story switched between 2013 and 1915.Storytelling was flawless, that's for sure. These experienced authors know their stuff. Despite having to write separately, one for each character, the story flowed seamlessly, as though it was written by one person. The voices and personalities of the 3 female protagonists were easily distinguishable.The romance part, for me, was a little bit cliche. The historical mystery I was expecting? Well, it didn't really live up to my expectations. The pull of the mystery was there - the authors did really well alternating between Sarah's investigation and Caroline and Tesse's own discoveries, while keeping the suspense at bay. But I somehow felt they allowed and devoted too much of the chapters to the love affairs.Full review on my blog: hookedonbookzblog.wordpress.com
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  • Reeca Elliott
    January 1, 1970
    This story is told by three different narrators. Sarah is in the present day. Caroline and Tessa are both set during 1915. Sarah has come across some information about her great-grandfather and she is on the hunt to find out more. Caroline is a rich socialite. Her husband has recently distanced himself from her and she wants to know why. Tessa is just a con artist/thief. She is on board the Lusitania to do a very specific job.Sarah is a struggling author and she thinks she has finally found the This story is told by three different narrators. Sarah is in the present day. Caroline and Tessa are both set during 1915. Sarah has come across some information about her great-grandfather and she is on the hunt to find out more. Caroline is a rich socialite. Her husband has recently distanced himself from her and she wants to know why. Tessa is just a con artist/thief. She is on board the Lusitania to do a very specific job.
Sarah is a struggling author and she thinks she has finally found the topic of her next book, her great-grandfather's story. Trouble is, she can't find enough information. So she heads to England to do research and ask questions. This puts her on to Caroline and Tessa and the Lusitania.
The mystery in this story is intricate and creative. I enjoyed how it slowly unravels and twists around and leaves you unsure of exactly what is happening. There are also love stories weaving about the characters. And you think you know...but you really don't know!
The rich history of the Lusitania and the time period is so well done! I must expand my horizons and read more! Don't miss this one!
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this book. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will be entertained by this suspensful page turner. Caroline and her husband board the RMS Lusitania on it's fateful last voyage across an Atlantic filled with German subs. Robert Langford, a friend of Caroline's is on board as well, but is it coincidence or something more nefarious?Tess is traveling with her sister Ginny, both con artists who entered a game with the highest of stakes- war and peace.Sarah and John mee I received an advanced copy of this book. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will be entertained by this suspensful page turner. Caroline and her husband board the RMS Lusitania on it's fateful last voyage across an Atlantic filled with German subs. Robert Langford, a friend of Caroline's is on board as well, but is it coincidence or something more nefarious?Tess is traveling with her sister Ginny, both con artists who entered a game with the highest of stakes- war and peace.Sarah and John meet when Sarah comes to England hoping to find out if John's ancestor- Robert was a spy, or a traitor.Fast paced, set against the beauty of a luxury ocean liner and in the shadow of WWI. A highly entertaining read!
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