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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When Benjamin Glass only had minutes to make a decision, he made it out of love but somewhere deep down he must have felt that what he did couldn’t die with him. He was an extremely successful lawyer that I only knew for one chapter, confident and a little arrogant I felt. He left his family well provided for and his wife one hellish burden. I felt so angry, having five grown up children myself I would have been broken to read one of the letters he left. I wanted to dig this man up and batter him!
It is strange really, like I said I have five children, all brought up the same but not two of them are a like. They all have different careers, different friends and different life styles, Olivia’s children are just like mine. After her husband dies she knows that things are never going to be the same, especially after reading the letter. She is a little like Eve taking a bite from forbidden fruit, the rose-coloured spectacles are off and reality is more than thorny than she had ever thought possible.
Olivia goes on a bit of a quest to spend one week with each of her children before sharing the contents of the letter. It had been years since they had all been together and on the whole they have all drifted away from each other, getting on with their own lives. Olivia and Benjamin content in their own minds that their kids were all settled. The reality is far from that with each of them holding secrets and living lies.
I totally connected with the characters in the book, from the mum wanting the best for her sons, to the sons who can’t live up to fairy tale expectations. I loved getting to know the real family even though they weren’t perfect. Each of their stories is unique and with each visit Olivia begins to scratch the surface of the men her sons have become.
What comes over more than anything in this story is having the courage to talk with each other no matter how heart breaking it is or how badly someone may react to something. I hated Benjamin Glass to begin with but what terrible grief he boxed inside him. At the end of the book I wept for this man because he couldn’t share his sadness with anyone.
A super family drama.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. I tend to write in the contemporary fiction and family drama genre with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com
I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 3K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 700 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then 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.
A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write.