The wealthy Glass family lost its patriarch, Benjamin Glass, sooner than expected. Benjamin’s widow, Olivia, and her 5 sons each react to his death in their own way while preparing for the reading of his will. Olivia receives a very unexpected confession from her late husband about one of their sons that could shatter the whole family.
Prior to revealing the secret to her children, Olivia must figure out which boy Ben refers to in the confession he left her in his will. While the family attorney searches for the mysterious Rowena Hector whom Ben says holds the answers, Olivia asks her sons to each spend a week with her as she isn’t ready to let go of the past. When Olivia visits her sons, she quickly learns that each one has been keeping his own secret from her. Olivia never expected her remaining years would be so complex and life-altering, but she will not rest until her family is reunited after Ben’s untimely death.
We all need family. We all want to fit in. We’re all a mix of quirky personalities. Will Olivia be able to fix them or will the whole family implode? What will she do when she discovers the son behind Ben’s secret? Check out this ensemble cast where each family member’s perspective is center stage, discovering along the way who might feel the biggest impact from all the secrets. Through various scenes and memories across a six-month period, you’ll get to know everyone, learning how and why they made certain decisions. Welcome to being an honorary member of the Glass family where the flair for over-the-top drama pushes everyone to their limits.
I’m a blog tour host for the upcoming release of the second book in the series, so this is my review for #1 Watching Glass Shatter.
I loved this. Fantastic family drama, strong female characters, so moving it made me cry! Enjoyed the characterisation of all the five brothers. All so different and engaging. Great characters, and dialogue. Interesting look at how shocking secrets exist in families and how circumstances can alter how we deal with them when they are revealed. The story line elaborates on many important concerns within the family dynamic: vulnerabilities, mistakes made and forgiven, pressure to succeed, the far reaching consequences of drug dependency, ‘coming out,’ accepting a love one’s different lifestyle choices and learning to forgive a husband’s decision, whilst coping with the most terrible heartbreak to remain strong. The beginning and end are powerful. My recommendation 5 stars read this!
I’m a blog tour host for the upcoming release of the second book in the series. I’m currently reading Hiding Cracked Glass and so looking forward to being part of the tour which begins on 5th October.
The MEGA Blog Tour is full on. We are gonna have so much fun!!@jamescudney4 – you are the best— Shalini (@Shalini_G26) September 9, 2020
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About The Author
James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College, an historic but small liberal arts school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with a degree in English literature and minors in Education, Business and Spanish. After college, I accepted a technical writing position for a telecommunications company during Y2K and spent the last ~20 years building a career in technology & business operations in the retail, sports, media and entertainment industries. Throughout those years, I wrote some short stories, poems and various beginnings to the “Great American Novel,” but I was so focused on my career in technology and business that writing became a hobby. In 2016, I refocused some of my energies toward reinvigorating a second career in reading, writing and publishing.
Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind and my body. At some points, it was just a few poems or short stories; at others, it was full length novels and stories. My current focus is family drama fiction, cozy mystery novels and suspense thrillers. I think of characters and plots that I feel must be unwound. I think of situations people find themselves in and feel compelled to tell the story. It’s usually a convoluted plot with many surprise twists and turns. I feel it necessary to take that ride all over the course. My character is easily pictured in my head. I know what he is going to encounter or what she will feel. But I need to use the right words to make it clear.
Reader & Reviewer
Reading has also never left my side. Whether it was children’s books, young adult novels, college textbooks, biographies or my ultimate love, fiction, it’s ever present in my day. I read 2 books per week and I’m on a quest to update every book I’ve ever read on Goodreads, write up a review and post it on all my sites and platforms.
Websites & Blog
Next Chapter Pub: https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/james-j-cudney
Goodreads Book Links
Watching Glass Shatter (October 2017)
Braxton Campus Mysteries
- Academic Curveball – #1 (October 2018)
- Broken Heart Attack – #2 (November 2018)
- Flower Power Trip – #3 (March 2019)
- Mistaken Identity Crisis – #4 (June 2019)
- Haunted House Ghost – #5 (October 2019)
- Frozen Stiff Drink – #6 (March 2020)
As a blog tour host for the second in the series I also received a copy of Watching Glass Shatter. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Have you read James Cudney’ books? Do comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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I enjoyed the book too Marje and I am sure the sequel will be just as compelling..xx
Yes I’ve already started reading it and am getting a good vibe.
A great review of this book, Marje.
Thank you Robbie. I’m really enjoying this series. <3
Thank you so much for this wonderful review and shout-out for the upcoming sequel. You’ve truly made my morning! 🙂
My pleasure Jay. The timing worked out wonderfully!
I can hear your enthusiasm for the book in your review. It makes me want to read it. I remember when Watching Glass Shatter first came out. I thought the cover looked like an eye at first, and then I gasped when I saw it was a bullet hole. Pretty clever cover design!
If you like family dramas/thrillers this is for you. I believe the second in the series is more of a thriller.
I’ve just started it and really enjoying it. Definitely would recommend Priscilla. 🙂
Thank you so much! I love that you saw the eye vs. bullet. 🙂 Have a wonderful day.
Jay´s book sounds great. Everyone loves a good family drama.
Yes I agree Darlene. I enjoy family based stories. Probably because I am very close to my family. 🙂
Great review! It was a compelling book and I can’t wait to dive into the second one.
Yes me too. I’m reading the second book now. 🙂