Tuesday, September 11, 2018

My Thoughts: The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Karen White & Lauren Willig

The Glass Ocean
by Beatriz Williams (Website | Twitter | Instagram)
Lauren Willig  (Website | Twitter | Instagram)
& Karen White (Website | Twitter | Instagram)

Publication Date: September 4th 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780062642479
Genre: Adult Fiction | Historical
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy

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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 2013
Her 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 1915
Southern 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. (Goodreads)

The moment I discovered The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Karen White and Lauren Wellig, I knew I wanted to read this book, not only because it sounded really interesting, but also because I have wanted to read something by two of the authors from this book for the longest, and I was pretty excited to discover that they had written a book together. So, of course I added this to my TBR right away, and I’m SO glad I did! I really enjoyed this book!

The Glass Ocean is the story of three women, one from the present, Sarah, who is a bestselling author struggling to find her next big story, and two from the past, Caroline and Tessa, who were passengers aboard the RMS Lusitania, a British ocean liner that was sunk in 1915 by a German U-boat. When Sarah discovers a secret about one of her ancestors who was aboard the RMS Lusitania, she sets off to London to discover the truth of what happened, and what she discovers could forever change history as she knows it.

Tessa and Caroline are from two completely different backgrounds, but find their worlds intertwining on board the RMS Lusitania. I absolutely loved reading their stories, especially because they had completely different lives and backgrounds, yet their world is thrown together during one tragic event, in which they have to depend on each other to survive. Plus reading about the RMS Lusitania was so interesting, and I wish there had been more descriptions. I am absolutely fascinated with anything to do with this time period, and I find myself wanting to read more and more books on it. Sarah’s story in the modern day was interesting as well, and I think the London setting went with her story perfectly. (As did John Langford. *wink)

I love that the story was told in alternating chapters between each of the characters, and I would find myself drawn in more and more as the story went along. It’s hard to say which parts I enjoyed more, the parts in the past, or the parts in the present. I think I was equally fascinated by both, though there were some parts in the past story that was definitely hard to read, especially what happened with the ship at the end. I had not heard much about this historical event, so of course I had to look it up as soon as I finished the book, and it was a really heartbreaking event.

Overall; The Glass Ocean was so much more than I expected, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book. I am so looking forward to reading more by all of these authors, including The Forgotten Room, this these authors also wrote together, and I can’t wait to check it out, and all their other books as well!!

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