Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White


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.  5/5

This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. 

18 comments:

  1. Have you read this book yet?

    Thanks for stopping.

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    1. Forgot....if you want more information on The Lusitania, read Erik Larson's book: DEAD WAKE.

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  2. I'm amazed three people can write books together like this. I'm glad to see this is good.

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    1. They are amazing together and alone. :)

      Thanks for commenting, Kathy.

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  3. Sounds right up my alley. Great review as always, Elizabeth!

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    1. Oh...I think you will love it, Mary.

      Thanks for commenting.

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    1. Oh yes...it is their second collaboration.

      Their first book was THE FORGOTTEN ROOM.

      Thanks for commenting, Carole Rae.

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  5. Sounds amazing. They are so clever to be able to weave it all together. I be they have fun doing it.

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    1. I'm sure it is a lot fun for them. :)

      Yes...you can't tell who wrote what part. Their first book was the same.

      Thanks for commenting, Kathryn.

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  6. Great review! Totally agree with flawless!

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    1. I saw your marvelous review on your blog.

      It was a good read.

      Thanks for commenting, Davida.

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  8. I loved the history in this book! Such a great read! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. So nice to enjoy the same books!

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    1. The history was marvelous.

      It is nice that we enjoy the same books.

      Thanks for commenting, reeca.

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  9. Interesting premise.... Cheers

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    1. It was good once it all came together.

      I enjoyed learning about The Lusitania.

      Thanks for commenting, Carole.

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