☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt.
Charting the course of an uncertain life—and feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death—Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life—a new life complicated by the arrival of her too young stepmother and ten-year-old half-brother.
Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country.
This book broke my heart and made me smile. The Sound of Glass by Karen White is a delightful family drama filled with southern charm. The story features three women, Merritt, LoraLee and Edith, whose secrets and fears are shocking and sorrowful.
Merritt’s new life gets turned upside down when her deceased father’s wife shows up with her ten-year-old son Owen. Merritt resents Loralee because she represents her father moving on from the loss of Merritt’s mother and because she perceives that her father’s marriage meant he no longer wanted and needed her. Merritt tries her hardest to be inhospitable, but Loralee marshals all of her positive attitude and her mother’s charming advice to slowly chip away at Merritt’s icy heart. As events unfold, the two women form an unlikely but necessary friendship.
I adored Loralee. She is the epitome of a Southern lady who would never be caught dead without make-up, and who responds to rudeness with syrupy kindness (well, bless your heart). She never hesitates to share her momma’s sage advice, whether it is wanted or not. Her Journal of Truths is filled with her delightful sentiments and life-lessons that she is collecting for her son, Owen. I loved them all!
The secondary story line involving Edith was darker and very mysterious. Her abusive husband and disturbed son Cal Jr. create the tension and conflict within the story. Ms. White deftly and respectfully weaves in the secondary tale of domestic violence and the quiet way southerners handle it. Furthermore, the author masterfully pulls together the various storylines into one chillingly entangled family drama of abuse, vengeance, and fear. When all the skeletons have been revealed, it is time for forgiveness and healing.
The Sound of Glass is a character driven story that is paced to tantalize readers with the character development and backstory reveal. The story tension mounts steadily as the women’s secrets –and how they are intertwined—are revealed. Ms. White’s writing style is lovely; she draws in her readers with a detailed sense of life in a small town in the low country of South Carolina. While the central premise (secret) was a little far fetched, I loved the characters and the quality story telling.
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