The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White {Book Review}

I received The Glass Ocean inside the September (adult) Once Upon a Book Club box, which also happened to be the first one that I’ve ordered. They do have a YA option if you’re interested, although I’ve never order that one.

The premise of the box is pretty neat: each month you receive a book, and then four-five gifts, art prints, and other goodies that directly relate to the story—but you don’t open them until to get to the page where they are mentioned. It’s an immersive experience, and if you want to go one step further with the “book club” part, you can take part in the scheduled discussions on Facebook and Instagram in order to connect with other readers. I liked it so much that I also ordered their October box (review up soon!), although I missed the deadline for the November box which made me a little sad.

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

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

Right from the start, this book had me hook, line, and sinker (PUN!). I love that the story weaved between the past and the present, and the way the stories of the three women intertwined was fascinating! I don’t normally reach for books written by multiple authors because they can have a confusing tone to them, but Beatriz, Lauren, and Karen all did a phenomenal job with The Glass Ocean—and their editor deserves a raise as well.

The story was lovely, sad, poignant, and utterly breathtaking. When I connected with other box subscribers, not everyone was thrilled by the ending. Some felt it didn’t fit, or was unnecessary, and other complained that it was hasty. I really enjoyed it, though; it felt right, and without it I would have been mad at the author for leaving things ambiguously.

My rating: 5 stars. Nothing about this book was boring or slow, the writing was fantastic, and the story flowed incredibly well.

Ashley Fisher

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