Book Title: Watching Glass Shatter
Book Author: James J. Cudney
Page Count: 278
Publishing Date: October 8th, 2017
Date Read: October 25th, 2017
Synopsis: 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. Welcome to being an honorary member of the Glass family.
Watching Glass Shatter is breathtakingly beautiful and heartbreaking. It is a story of life, loss, and secrets. For those looking for a gripping family drama full of laughter, tears, and jaw dropping moments, look no further!
When I read the synopsis for this one, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I knew I would fall in love with the story, but I could not have expected how deeply this one would affect me. James has done a phenomenal job with his beautiful writing. I laughed, and cried, and was full of emotion the entire time!
The plot was so full of life and suspense. There were so many unpredictable moments that fit so well in the story. There were so many family secrets revealed, and new feelings explored. The story was exciting, unique, happy, and sad all at once! I really loved how well written it was, and how the plot was laid out in separate scenes involving each brother, and each brother and their mother, Olivia.
The characters felt real. They each offered secrets, flaws, and a variety of emotions. They also felt natural and made the Glass family come to life through the pages. Each character added depth to the story and really drove it home!
I have to point out my favorite character. Olivia’s sister, Diane, was one that stood out for me. She was strong, loving, and beautiful! I felt like she held the family together and shined above the rest! She was so accepting of everything, and had her own obstacles to overcome throughout the story.
Anything that can make you laugh and cry all in the same sitting deserves a 5 star rating! This was such a strong, character driven story full of lyrical writing and depth. It was unpredictable and emotional, and offered beauty, heartache, and a story of self discovery for each of its characters. It wasn’t just about the one “big” secret Olivia found out about after the death of her husband. It was about learning what secrets each family member harbored in the separate paths each of their lives took as they grew older and grew apart. It was about learning how to become a family again through adversity and change.
Here is a small excerpt that stood out to me and displays the beauty of Jay’s writing:
“Because one by one, I’m losing them. And I realized I’ll never again have those innocent little dreams. I’ll never be that little girl who imagines falling in love, stripping petals off a forget-me-not until the last one says, ‘he loves me so.’ I won’t ever get to dance in a magic that heals the world. and my heart knows what darkness lies in wait each night, stealing a piece with every sun that sets and moon that rises.” Olivia’s eyes glistening from the stars yet to disappear across the morning sky. She couldn’t cry anymore even if she wanted to “Was I a good mother?”
About The Author:
- James John Cudney IV
- Author Name: James J. Cudney
- Nickname: Jay
Basic Bio & Background
I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I spent ~15 years in a technology career 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 that writing became a hobby. After leaving my position in 2016, I directed all my energies towards re-invigorating a focus on 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 genres include family drama / saga, contemporary and mystery fiction. My first novel, Watching Glass Shatter, was published in October 2017. I am currently in the process of writing my second novel, ‘Father Figure,’ which will be released in early 2018.
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.
Blogger & Thinker
I have combined my passions into a single platform where I share book reviews, write a blog and publish fiction: In the blog, I started my 365 Daily Challenge, where I post about a word that has some meaning to me and converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real. And that’s why they are me.
Genealogist & Researcher
I want to be a researcher or historian. I want to reach back into the past to figure out why someone made the choice he or she did and what the consequences were. I want to feel the pressures and culture of hundreds of years ago. I want to trace the roots and find the puzzle of my own history. I want to watch my ancestors from a secret place to know how they interacted with others; and maybe I’ll learn why I do things the way I do them.
Blogger/ Punk Rocker / Quirky Housewife