Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Sound of Glass by Karen White

The New York Times bestselling author of A Long Time Gone now explores a Southern family’s buried history, which will change the life of the woman who unearths it, secret by shattering secret. 

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.

My thoughts...With each new Karen White novel I simply become a bigger and bigger fan of hers. The Sound of Glass was another exceptional novel full of southern mystery and learning to find ones true self. Merritt Heyward moves to Beaufort, South Carolina after inheriting a home from her late husband's grandmother, Edith. A home, a place and a family Merritt didn't even know existed. Merritt is looking to leave her life behind and to simply exist alone in South Carolina. She barely arrives to find out her late husband, Cal, had a younger brother. If seeing a man who looks like her husband isn't enough her late father's wife and a half brother she never met show up needing her help.

It is through these interactions where Merritt slowly begins dealing with her own past, as she finds a haunting collection in the upstairs attic. What in the world could all of it mean and what does any of it have to do with her?

The Sound of Glass deals with strong family dysfunction in a powerful way. Merritt from early pages is sharp and not an endearing character, but White has a way of slowly pealing away the outer shell and allowing the character to find herself. I absolutely loved The Sound of Glass. The story was strong and compelling wanting to me figure out what in the world was Edith hiding and my word was I completely surprised! I absolutely loved Loralee and Rocky/Owen. It was really just fantastic all around. I will say don't expect to read through this quickly. The bulk of the book really allows you to get to know the characters and form attachments to them, but then the novel hits that sweet spot and you can not put it down. I found myself reading late into the night and using up a box of kleenex. If you are a fan of Karen White's this novel will once again prove why you love her and if you haven't read her books this is one you shouldn't miss. Highly recommending!

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