The Sound of Glass

The Sound of Glass

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2015
ISBN: 9780451470898
Characteristics: 419 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Sound of glass : a novel


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JCLCatherineG Jul 23, 2020

My favorite of all Karen White's books!

Sep 24, 2019

When I ordered this book from the library, I didn't realize I had already read it.

The plot is complicated and rooted in family estrangement with a side-serving of generations of domestic violence and a silent sisterhood between two women who share a secret.

Merritt and Cal were both reared by their grandmothers after their mother's deaths and were both estranged from their families.

Merritt inherits Edith's house in Beaufort, SC after her husband Cal is killed fighting a fire.

Merritt and her step-mother Loralee are estranged. Merritt's mother was killed in a car crash, and her father Robert was a pilot who met Loralee, a stewardess, at work. The couple had a son Owen before Robert died. Loralee decides it is time to heal the estrangement and shows up on Merritt's doorstep uninvited and unwelcome. Owen loves planes.

Cal was also estranged from his family. His pediatrician brother Gibbes and grandmother Edith were not aware he had married or had been killed. Gibbes also shows up on Merritt's doorstep uninvited. He doesn't want the house, but he is curious about his brother's widow.

The plot begins with a plane crash in 1955 on the night Edith becomes a widow and somewhat of a recluse with an odd hobby. Although I recalled some of the plot twists and secrets, it was delightful to read the book a second time.

Apr 16, 2018

The Sound of Glass is a great book to show the inner strength of women. It is the story of Merritt, who moved from Maine to South Carolina. She moves into a home that was left to her late husband. Also in the story are Loralee, her father's widow, and Loralee's sone Owen, as well as Gibbs- Merritt's brother in law. It has several plots.
Karen White is a great storyteller. The book has tangled secrets, a mystery, a crime, a romance, and eventually a healing. It has great character development. It made me want to read other books by her.

coroboreefarm Mar 16, 2016

Karen White is a masterful storyteller, and The Sound of Glass is no exception to her past successes with its tale of tangled secrets, mysteries, crime, guilt and eventual healing.
I enjoyed both the contemporary and historical story lines featured in the novel, and loved the characters. The setting, South Carolina's beautiful coast near Beaufort, provided a superb backdrop for the story, and the tale of complex relationships, mystery and a little romance make this an ideal candidate for holiday and beach reading.

Feb 27, 2016

This was my third Karen White book to read. Absolutely loved it......but I am a romantic at heart, and enjoy happy endings.

Oct 29, 2015

This was my first read by this author and I really enjoyed the character development and story. Will read more by this author!

Sep 18, 2015

Mediocre. Could have easily quit it half-way through and unfortunately cannot say I was glad I didn't. Story about a New England woman who inherits house in SC.

karcoldelharvic5 Jul 20, 2015

very good book with twisting plot


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