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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982552831
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons, before her career as a writer took off. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore.

Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several novels. She lives in New York City with her family.

Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and currently writes Southern women’s fiction. She lives in Georgia with her husband and two Havanese dogs.

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The Glass Ocean: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book u will enjoy it and wont be sorry u purchased!!!
lindyLW More than 1 year ago
Three authors who put together a truly great book, that you won`t want to put down. There are two characters from the past and one in the present. It is about an ocean liner the RMS Lusitania which set sail from N.Y. for London during the first world war. Sarah and John research their ancestors and find a wonderful romance.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic blend of authors who flawlessly wrote an historical fiction book surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. With points of views of Tess and Caroline starting a week before that fatal day, and with Sarah starting in 2013, I was entranced by everything. Bravo! I look forward to reading more by these three authors individually and together. I wonder who wrote which character?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, Hazel Gaynor, Lauren Willing, and Karen White have kept me up too late reading! This book is very timely with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I fast approaching. I love novels set in this era and also books that go back and forth from then to present day. Looking forward to reading more collaborations by these authors.
JacksonvilleReader More than 1 year ago
So So Book I guess I'm the only reader who doesn't think this was a 5 star book. Although I enjoyed the different voices of three writers and the premise of the book, for some reason I found the book confusing at times. Also, if you read "The Forgotten Room" first, there is at least one character from that book who shows up in this one. From the timeline it's difficult to understand. I don't know if the authors intended there to be a connection between characters, but it just seemed odd. This book wasn't as smooth as the authors' previous book.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
A 400-page books seems daunting but The Glass Ocean is an exception. I couldn’t believe that after just an hour of reading I was already ¼ of the way through the book and was looking for more time to pick up the book and read another chapter or two. There were times I thought I’d just read a chapter and then found that an hour later I was still reading. Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White are all authors that I have read separately and I was intrigued by how they would come together to write one book. The Glass Ocean has three different timeframes. 2013 is the story of Sarah Blake who is a struggling author looking for information about the Lusitania. 1915 tells the stories of Caroline and Tessa. Each of these ladies gets their own chapters to tell of their time on the Lusitania. I was not familiar with the story of the Lusitania but the authors combined to give the history of this amazing ship and the people on it that I am looking forward to reading more from them. I loved all three characters. Sarah’s persistence while researching the Lusitania was perfect. She knew there was a story to tell and was only willing to tell the entire story. I loved that she didn’t give up and write half a story, she only wrote what she knew to be true and left some questions unanswered. Caroline was privileged but she was still respected those who worked for her, those who would be seen as a lower class citizen, and she still had flaws. It was great to see that she wasn’t perfect and that she had problems just like everyone else. Tessa had a rough upbringing. She was always looking for the next scam and lived a tough life. Reading how these three ladies stories come together, how their lives intertwine all while taking what was supposed to be a relaxing cruise.
BettyTaylor More than 1 year ago
Books on the sinking of the RMS Lusitania were very popular three years ago as it was the 100th anniversary of the event. Now three years later Team W (Williams, Willig, & White) bring it to the forefront again in THE GLASS OCEAN. This historical fiction novel provides just the right blend of mystery and romance. The book is written with alternating timelines. It begins in 2013 with author Sarah Blake, broke and struggling to come up with her next book idea. Out of desperation she opens an old chest that had belonged to her great-grandmother. Inside it are the items that were found on the body of her great-grandfather, who had been a first-class steward on board the Lusitania and died on its last voyage when it was sunk by a German U-boat. Among those items Sarah believes she not only has a story but one that will change how history saw the sinking of the great ship. Thus she heads for London to find John Langford whose ancestor was also on board that fateful night. She hopes that his family archives may hold the clues she needs to solve the mystery of what really happened on board the ship. Then the story flashes back to 1915. Gilbert and Caroline Hochstetter are preparing for their voyage on the Lusitania. Their marriage is floundering and Caroline doesn’t understand why her formerly affectionate husband has become so distant. She is hoping this trip in first-class luxury will revive her marriage. However, also on board is her old friend Robert Langford who provides the attention she has been lacking. Also on board are sisters Ginny and Tess who are traveling in second-class. However, those are not their real names. Tess is a first-rate forger and her sister learned well from their con-man father. Tess wants out of the game and her sister has promised this will be their last one. When the ship sets sail for England, the lives of the Hochstetters, Langford, and the sisters will be irretrievably linked. The book was written as a collaboration of the three best-selling authors. The story flows so seamlessly it is impossible to determine which author wrote which portion of the book. It is a pure joy to read a book in which the characters come to life and I feel like a participant in the story rather than just an observer. My heart raced as people were frantically attempting to flee the sinking ship. I could feel the fear, hear the screams, see the panic on the faces. This is masterful writing!
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Three writers — Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig — teamed up a few years ago to write a terrific novel, The Forgotten Room, and liked the experience so much they got together again to write another. The Glass Ocean features three female protagonists telling their stories. Two of the women are sailing on the Lusitania ship from New York to England in 1915, and one woman in 2013 has gone to England to find out if her great-grandfather who worked on the Lusitania had any connection to its sinking. Caroline is traveling on the Lusitania with her wealthy husband, who is carrying a valuable piece of historical sheet music by Strauss that he sold to someone in England. Her husband seems very distracted on the boat, which concerns her. Robert, a man from Caroline’s past, is also on the boat. Robert has very strong feelings for Caroline. She is torn between her love for her husband and her attraction to Robert. A young woman named Tess is also on board the Lusitania. Tess and her sister have been paid to steal the sheet music and make a copy of it. Tess keeps bumping into Robert on the ship, and they form a bond, one that may endanger Tess’ task at hand. The tension builds with the ship moving closer to England, as the reader knows that historically the Lusitania will be sunk by the Germans off the coast of Ireland. There are rumors that there are German spies on board the ship who are signaling the Germans with their location in order to sink the ship. The Glass Ocean is filled with terrific period details, and the trio of writers clearly did a great deal of research to bring the reader right onto the massive ship. The mystery is masterfully plotted as well, and you will find yourself searching for clues to what is really happening on that ship before it is sunk. I highly recommend it.
SilversReviews More than 1 year ago
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. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New York City - 2013 Sarah 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.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
The Glass Ocean is written by three bestselling authors (Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White), and it was done so well and seamlessly. The Glass Ocean is centered on the Lusitania ship, with three POV’s; three woman, two from the 1915 period and one in modern day (2013). In the modern day time period, we meet Sarah Blake, a bestselling author, who is in the midst of a writer’s block, when she opens an old chest that belonged to her great grandfather. What she finds will take her to England to investigate the connection between her great-grandfather and another man (Robert Langford), who were both on the Lusitania. Sarah will only be able to get so far, until she meets John Langford, a descendant of Robert. At first John, wants nothing to do with Sarah and her quest, but finally decides to work with her to uncover some mysteries and a possible betrayal. In May, 1915 we meet two women who are on board the Lusitania. Caroline Hochstetter, the beautiful and elegant wife of Gilbert, a successful businessman, who has been very secretive and distant with her while on the ship. Caroline loves her husband, but she is dismayed that he has been busy and away during their trip. It is Robert Langford, who always had a crush on Caroline, and who will spend more time with her during her husband’s absence. We also meet Tess Fairweather, who is on the Lusitania to steal and forge an important document that her sister has set up. Tess begins to suspect that something is wrong, and cannot get the truth from her sister. She ends up befriending Robert Langsford, and in time he will discover that she is not who she says she is. What follows is a compelling and interesting story that will eventually tie all three pieces together, with Carolyn, Tess eventually meeting during the catastrophic bombing of the Lusitania, as well as Robert. It will be Sarah and John who find missing documents to flesh out the truth of what happened in 1915, and who survived. The Glass Ocean not only was a captivating mystery, with espionage, betrayals, love affairs, and the history of the Lusitania in background. I enjoyed the additions of nice romances building up between some of the main characters, as well as the majestic glamour descriptions of the ship. The Glass Ocean was written so very well, and I strongly suggest you read this book.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
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! I received this novel from Edelweiss for a honest review.