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The Glass Ocean

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,879 Ratings  ·  342 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by William Morrow
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Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
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
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

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
Elise (TheBookishActress)
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
Jamie Rosenblit
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.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rounded up to 5 brilliant Stars over the Glass Ocean!

Several theories are still argued surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. Was she merely a British passenger ship sailing back to England through dangerous waters during their war with Germany? Was she also carrying active munitions or just shells as was stated on the ship's manifest? What caused the second blast on the opposite side of the ship directly after the torpedo hit? Some questions have been answered, some are still lef
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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
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!
Heather Webb
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What good fun this book was! That's probably a strange thing to say about a tragic event in history, but the book's strong suits hit my sweet spot--WWI, spies, a little mystery, and a bit of a love story. I gobbled it up in just a couple of days. I kept seeing the Titanic film playing through my head, in particular in Caroline's story, and I couldn't help but root for poor, desperate Tess and the clever and funny Sarah, all the way through. Grab a copy and curl up in your bathtub with a glass of ...more
Rhonda Ruff
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4.25 Stars

I 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
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.

Carol Irvin
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!! Told by 2 women in the past and 1 in the present about the doomed Passenger ship...
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.
Mar 29, 2018 marked it as desperately-waiting-for
Susan Peterson
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Beth Sponzilli
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story about the Lusitania ship and it’s sinking. The bulk of the book goes between two different time lines, one in present day and the other in 1915. It follows a relationship in each which centers around a mystery/romance/espionage/family history... much recommend as it’s a fascinating subject, and you don’t hear about it as much as the Titanic.
I never enjoy a story based around a love triangle, which is what this turned out to be - two love triangles really. I preferred the contemporary story line to the historical ones, although there was a rather predictable turn of events near the end.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dual-time, historical
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
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
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) but became the sinkhole that quickly devoured any realism before the burp of romantic claptrap to follow.
Kate Olson
(Free review copy from publisher)

Loved the historical aspect but honestly I still don’t fully understand the whole espionage angle and who was doing what. And the modern day romance fell pretty flat for me. However, I am VERY picky on certain things and I think that overall this will be a popular historical fiction pick this season.
Davida Chazan
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.
Ashton Noel
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This came very close to a 5 star read for me. Because of just a few minor things I didn't enjoy I give it a 4.5/5. Extremely well written book and it truly is seamless even though by all logic it had the potential to be a giant mess. It's written by 3 authors and told from the perspective of 3 characters. However it was so engaging and well thought out you just never wanted to put it down. I really really enjoyed and highly recommend this book. I've already added the other book, The Forgotten Ro ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ladies you outdid yourselves. Loved this book, story line was wonderful..excellent writing.
Thank you for an enjoyable read!
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jenny Belk
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
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