Title: Watching Glass Shatter
Author: James J. Cudney
Publish Date: October 8, 2017
My Rating: 4/5
After 40 years of marriage, Olivia Glass thought she could handle the unexpected death of her husband. But when Ben’s will reveals a life-altering secret, she suffers a blow no widow should ever experience.
Olivia learns that she gave birth to a baby who later died in the nursery. Instead of telling his wife what happened, Ben switched the child with another. And as if that’s not enough, Ben’s will doesn’t reveal which of their five sons is truly not hers.
While an attorney searches for answers, Olivia visits each of her sons to share a final connection before facing the truth that will change their family, and discovers that each of them has been harboring a painful secret, just like their father.
Olivia challenges herself to re-assemble and save their relationships. But will the secrets destroy their family beyond repair?
After the Glass family loses Benjamin in a tragic accident, his family’s world is shattered. Benjamin had a secret that he kept hidden from his wife, Olivia, which she finds out after reading a letter Benjamin left for her as part of his will. Before revealing the secret to their five grown sons, Olivia wants to spend time with each of them to reconnect. As she gets to know each of her sons, she learns they have all been keeping secrets from one another.
Each chapter is focused on a different character’s story. The five sons each have challenges in their lives, and they have all been holding things back from their family. Mainly, they’ve been holding back from their mother, but also from each other. The characters were all interesting and well-developed. Of course, I had my favorites, but everyone’s story was nicely done.
A strong debut novel. Great for fans of complex family dramas. Intriguing, emotional, and highly entertaining. I look forward to reading more by James Cudney.