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From the New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling 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, preoccupied with business...and something else on which she can’t quite put a finger. 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 US, 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.

©2018 Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Harley House Books, LLC (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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The Glass Ocean- a tale of two times

This slightly sensationalistic novel weaves the story of travelers on the doomed ship Lusitania, sunk by the Germans and forcing America into WWI, with a contemporary love story between a Brit and an American whose ancestors were both on the ship. Engaging, well-paced and clearly well-researched it is a tale well told that creates a bit of suspense by withholding the outcome until the end. So if you like a bit of guesswork, a bit of history and a bit of romance with distinctive characters you will enjoy this book.

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  • 09-10-18

Not as wonderful as the first by these three!

I didn’t care for this as much as the earlier one by these three especially gifted authors. The narrator of the contemporary timeline was actually off-putting in this performance and detracted from my enjoyment overall. Her performance here jerked me out of the story every time. The premise was fascinating, but I still couldn’t finish it. I have bought the ebook version and will finish it that way.

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Struggled to finish

struggled to finish just a big disappointment, first one was fantastic. I'm asking for credit

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Entertaining but fluffy - mostly a romance novel

Basically a romance novel. I like the concept and it's a fun book to listen too, but I would have preferred more mystery, less flowers descriptions of strong arms and breathless encounters. The voice actor is very good and does a nice job with the various characters. Pacing is great.

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I enjoyed this book, at least most of it.

My biggest issue with this book is the fact that it keeps coming back to the near-present when it doesn't need to. The chapters which revolve around "Sarah" are set in 2013, and they are all tedious filler. The book would be improved if "Sarah" were completely removed. Fortunately, most of the chapters set in 1915 are quite enjoyable. They revolve around two separate women, Caroline and Tess, who cross paths on the doomed ship, RMS Lusitania. The "Tess" chapters are especially well-written and well-performed. The chapters set in 1915 have a good mixture of romance, mystery, and suspense. It's just a shame that the book insists on constantly leaving 1915 in order to go back to 2013.

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Another great Karen White

Good story overall. Loved the old history behind this book. Narration was awful! It was suspenseful, couldn't wait to hear the ending ….. doubt I'll listen again - wished Karen would have used her normal narrators.

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a wonderful historical tale

one on the best collaborations done by these 3 women. A wonderfully told tale woven between history and the present.

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Enjoyable

This was an enjoyable listen but I felt as if some of the storylines were left unfinished and the story could have been flesh out a bit more.

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The Glass Ocean

As soon as I saw that this book was out, I GRABBED IT! I was so impressed by their last book, THE FORGOTTEN ROOM, that I just couldn't resist. Sometimes, as you probably have noticed yourselves that after an author/authors write a wonderful book that stays with you, it's hard to follow up with another one. Well this team did! What I really love about their writing is how they incorporate their characters from the past and present. They did a wonderful job giving each character their own personalities, to the point where you are at times rooting for each one! Twists and turns all throughout the book. Some serious ones near the end. Without giving anything away, TESS was my favorite! I listened to this in one day. Couldn't put it down. We all knew the ending to this horrible tragedy, however getting to know the passengers is a whole different ball game. Well besides letting you know this is a winner, and I really, really hope to continue their writing with each other, I have "One more thing to say, and Sara, the author will appreciate this, "GREAT BOOK JACKET."

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Loved the story line

I personally did not like Sara’s narrator and it seem to me that the audio was down separately in a separate studio because the quality of the sound was not as good. Having said that the story was great and it still pulled me in.