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The Glass Ocean

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,675 ratings  ·  584 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, 408 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by William Morrow
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Julia I saw all three authors last month in Houston when they were promoting this book. They said that they will never reveal who wrote which sections!…moreI saw all three authors last month in Houston when they were promoting this book. They said that they will never reveal who wrote which sections! Their editor didn't even correctly guess who wrote each section. They like that no one can figure it out!(less)

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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
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: When I wasn't in a hurry, when I was just strolling or even sitting on a bench, eating a hot dog with ketchup and mustard but no onion, I liked to study them, my fellow New Yorkers. I liked to pick someone out from the crowd, some man in a suit, loosening his tie, checking his watch. I tried to divine his life, his history, the peculiar secrets hidden in his past. Mom used to tell this story about the dinner parties they once had, before Dad left, and how I used to peek through the bann ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Mellie Antoinete
I ... am .. speechless. No I’m not. I loved this book so much! LOVED it so much I DEVOURED it in one sitting. I want to read Erik Larson’s Dead Wake ... like tomorrow. Such incredible plot depth. It’s sexy, suspenseful, suspicious, scintillating and snazzy! It’s all the s’ss and so much more! Wow. Just wow!

P.S. I will now proceed to reading everything ever written by these 3 ladies ... starting with The Forgotten Room!
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
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Three narrators, three authors and two points in history.

With three experienced authors at the helm, I find myself curious how they went about this book. How did they divy up the sections, the characters, and how did they decide to write about this time period? Maybe more research will answer those questions for my intriguing frame of mind as I finish this novel.

Alternating story lines take us through present day Sara Blake- an author who is looking for a new biography, one with a key to her pas
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
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This was between 3 and 4 stars. I'm not sure if I'll be rounding up or down. I like Karen White as an author. I've read many of her books. I love her way with words and her stories. I've read fewer books by Beatriz Williams. She tends to be a little too 'sweet' for me. I found that to be true here also. Everything was tied up a little too perfectly. And the 180 that Robert does at the end, just was not in any way believable. But someone wanted a red bow for him too, so 'poof' he got one.

Other r
Pam Jenoff
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The tremendous trio of authors returns with an incredible story of a bestselling author who, searching for her next book idea, delves into the mystery of her great-grandfather, who died when the Lusitania sank. The story shifts between the present day and two women who were on the doomed ship: an American sociality and an English thief. Mystery, history and romance combine for a fabulous tale.
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
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
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.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read! Have read a couple books by Williams and one by White, but Willig is new to me. I thought they did seamless job transitioning between stories. A little romance & mystery. A perfect read!!
Chris Mara
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Two timelines; the past, 1915 and the present, 2015. Three female characters take the main lead in this historical mystery.

But actually, if you want to get down to it, the above description gleaned from the book cover is not entirely true. There are more characters, both male and female, who preside in the story. And there are actually three major timelines; 1915, 2015 and 2017.

Three well known authors have co-authored this book and maybe that’s why I felt it was “pieced together” rather than
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...
Maureen DeLuca
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
As far as historical fiction goes... 2.5 - At times I thought this book was very confusing... There are many good reviews for this book- so take my 2.5 with a grain of salt- I just didn't care for it like some others did....
Mar 29, 2018 marked it as desperately-waiting-for
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was a wonderful read! Good mystery and just enough romance to make it enjoyable.
I took this book with me while cruising on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, but it's probably good that I didn't actually read it until we were home safe and sound on dry land. The Glass Ocean follows Caroline and her husband, Gilbert, as they board the ill-fated Lusitania during WWII. Aboard the ship, their marriage is tested when Gilbert is busy working and Caroline spends time with her old friend, Robert. Robert has loved Caroline since the day they met so you can imagine his surprise wh ...more
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
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
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