Karen White’s The Sound of Glass is an entertaining read, or in my case, listen. While many of the messages put forth are cliché, the storyline provides adequate twists to keep the reader engaged.
A recently widowed Merritt finds herself inheriting a stately Southern home from a Grandmother she never knew existed. The draw to uncover her husband’s mysterious past and a need to restart her own life, finds her moving to Charlestown. The transition is not easy for tough-minded Merritt; she’ll have to knock down a few walls and search for truths behind all the secrets before she finds the happiness she craves.
Three distinct narrative voices carry the story: Merritt’s, her stepmother’s, and the Grandmother from whom she inherits the house. Although each woman carries her own secret, their stories inevitably overlap, revealing the legacy of suppressed pain.
The audio version of this novel is excellent. Therese Plummer and Susan Bennett lend their voices to the characters, bringing to life the cultural differences of Merritt and the distinctly Southern LoraLee. I found myself listening for hours on end.
Writer, avid reader, former educator, and proud grandmother, currently experiencing life through the lens of ME/CFS. Words are, and always have been, a lifeline. Some of the best adventures, I'm discovering, take place in the imagination.