Watching Glass Shatter

Watching Glass Shatter

James J. Cudney / Mar 29, 2020

Watching Glass Shatter The wealthy Glass family lost its patriarch Benjamin Glass sooner than expected Benjamin s widow Olivia and her sons each react to his death in their own way while preparing for the reading of h

  • Title: Watching Glass Shatter
  • Author: James J. Cudney
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  • Page: 478
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  • 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 cThe 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.You can see sample chapters and descriptions at jamesjcudney You can purchase at mybook WGS

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      • James J. Cudney

        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 My debut novel is Watching Glass Shatter, a contemporary fiction family drama 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 jamesjcudneyWhat do I do outside of writing I m an avid genealogist discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years and cook I find it so hard to follow a recipe I love to read between and my blog at thisismytruthnow, I have over 500 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 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 show how I live every day.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 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 Ryder, my 10 year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food Although he s only 20 pounds, he s quite strong and pushy But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side


    1. * Fans voted ETHAN as the favorite character. As a thank you to everyone, I announced today a new 2018 collection of short stories all about the early days of the GLASS family. You can see more details below. *jamesjcudney/2017/11/21/w** Check out the book blog tour for this book (11/5 thru 11/20) you can see each blogger's posts with author Q&A, special features, videos and future release information. **jamesjcudney*** I am not sure it's fair to rate my own book, right? That's for other rea [...]

    2. See my interview with the author and full review @ readrantrockandroll/2017/Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney is one of the best books I’ve read in 2017. It’s a debut novel about a family with secrets. These secrets have the potential to tear the family apart.The matriarch of the family is Olivia. Her husband Ben, the patriarch, has just died unexpectedly and she is left with their five grown sons, their families, and her sister Diane. She's also left with a secret from Ben regardin [...]

    3. Wow! Wow! Watching Glass Shatter is a gripping family drama by new author James J. Cudney aka Jay to many of us in reviewing circles. When I began reading I expected to like the book; I never expected to spend the entire day with a "can't put down" novel! Once I became involved with the Glass family, I had to see it through to the end! The patriarch of the Glass family has been killed in a tragic accident. After his death the family is shattered but we soon learn that the cracks and fissures alr [...]

    4. A great debut from James Cudney! From the outside, the Glass family seemed to have it all. Ben Glass the patriarch, is a partner in a successful law firm. His devoted wife Olivia and their five grown and successful sons.How appearances can be deceiving Ben was tragically killed in an accident. He’s left behind two letters with his lawyer for his grieving wife to open upon his death. The second letter has the potential to rip apart his already grieving family. As Olivia decides whether or not t [...]

    5. “Watching Glass Shatter” is an intimate look into the lives of a family.“The Glass Family” as complicated as any family can be.With 5 adult children - all sons- we are reminded that we never stop being children. The author’s writing is subtle — it works it’s way into our heart and mind so that we have real feelings for the characters. Each with struggles -and or secrets. At its ‘heart’.”Watching Glass Shatter” is about love and how love shapes us - transforms us when it’s [...]

    6. Ben, the patriarch of the Glass family, has been killed in a tragic accident. Olivia, the matriarch, not only has to deal with the grieving process, but also with a secret of such enormity, that it will have the ability to tear this family apart.Ben left two letters with his lawyer to be given to Olivia on his death. One of them is for Olivia, revealing Ben's secret, and the other is for the son who will be most affected by it, though she doesn't know which one. She decides to spend time with ea [...]

    7. I'm somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars.Is there any better time to read a book about family dysfunction than around the holidays? James J. Cudney's Watching Glass Shatter is an immensely readable, deliciously soapy novel about a family on the verge of being torn apart by secrets. It's also a commentary about how when it appears people have it all, they often aren't satisfied, and things are much more complicated than they seem from the outside looking in.Ben Glass and his wife Olivia are about to [...]

    8. WATCHING GLASS SHATTER by JAMES J. CUDNEY was an interesting, entertaining, and a suspenseful family drama which was full of dynamic, well-developed and realistic characters. I absolutely love the cover of this book and that very clever title! I am totally a "cover girl" and when I seen that cover I just knew that I had to read this book. Although, I found a few things within this novel to be a little bit over the top it was just so much fun reading this with some laugh out loud moments that I f [...]

    9. 4 Stars.“Watching Glass Shatter” is a character driven novel written by James J. Cudney.This is a novel about a family whose secrets threaten to tear them apart. Olivia is the Matriarch, who, after her husband Ben’s death, is left to cope with a devastating secret involving one of her five sons, which threatens to destroy the family. As she spends time with Teddy, Matt, Caleb, Zach and Ethan, she realizes that each of them also has a shocking secret, and no one is left unscathed. In his fi [...]

    10. 4 stars! This was a suspenseful family drama full of lively and secretive characters. The story kept me entertained and guessing from start to finish. I had the pleasure of reading this along with my Traveling Sisters - Brenda, Norma, Kaceey, Susanne and Marialyce. We had lots of theories, guesses and great discussion along the way.To find our full Traveling Sister Read review, please visit Norma and Brenda's fabulous blog at:twogirlslostinacouleereading.A big thank you to James J. Cudney for pr [...]

    11. Traveling Sister Review by Brenda and Norma with Kaceey, Lindsay, Susanne and MarialyceWe read Watching Glass Shatter with four of our Traveling Sisters and we have prepared a combined Traveling Sisters Read Review, which is our signature review for our blog. Watching Glass Shutter is an interesting, witty, heartwarming but yet a heartbreaking family drama that explores many family secrets within the Glass family and the familial relationships between mothers and sons. It has quite the intriguin [...]

    12. Having been one of the privileged few to get my hands on an early copy of this book as a Beta Reader, I am extraordinarily excited to see this shared with the world at last. Having lost their patriarch, his wife Olivia seeks to heal her broken family whilst also dealing with the grief of his sudden loss. As we delve deep into the psyche of the Glass family, we unearth a series of earth-shattering (pardon the pun) secrets which has the potential to change their family forever. As Olivia grapples [...]

    13. An awesome debut novel, by James J. Cudney, that reads like a movie script at a fast page-turning pace that keeps the reader involved with the Glass family from the beginning to the very end.The story entails the enlightenment of a family, to each other, and their journey to closure after the loss of the father unexpectedly.The characters are all very strong and their stories are extremely interesting as well as diverse.I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it highly!

    14. If you are a fan of character driven novels, then you are in for a treat with Watching Glass Shatter. This fine book written by a new author, James, Cudney, is a powerful look into family and its dynamics on members of the family and others within their circle.The family patriarch, Ben, has been involved in an awful automobile crash that takes his life and eventually involves his family in a secret that may have devastating results. Olivia, his wife, is a strong minded, authoritarian parent and [...]

    15. When I was a child growing up in Texas and Oklahoma we often took road trips. Since everything was far apart the road trips were long. I would pass the time daydreaming in the back seat and making up stories about the houses we passed. Was the family with the red door happy? Did they have kids? I had a dream of writing stories then, before I knew how much work was involved. (Hats off to writers! Ya’ll are amazing!)Anyway, writers daydream and construct stories from sparks. This is one of those [...]

    16. "Watching Glass Shatter" is the debut novel of James J. Cudney and it is phenomenal!Olivia and her sons and the rest of the characters are well-rounded, developed, complex characters. There were points where I wanted to "Gibbs' slap" each of them in turn, but they're all terrific characters. I can also identify with each of them in turn as they deal with the various pressures and secrets in their lives. Zach and Caleb are my favorites. They seem to have a hidden depth to them and I want to get t [...]

    17. After becoming a grumpy cat and and losing faith in finding a good book, I remembered one of my reading goals for this year and it was: to read a book written by a friend.Watching Glass Shatter restored my lost faith, gave me a huge dose of entertainment and really surprised me! In my last book review, I apologized to Margaret Atwood for the low rating, now I need to apologize to James for not having read this earlier and for not having higher expectations.If you want to know how this book felt [...]

    18. 4.5 stars for this wonderful debut novel!Full disclosure, I received a copy of this novel for my honest review. I'm not going to go very deep into summary or thoughts on specific scenarios simply because I think this is a must-read and the reader must form his or her own opinions.Books about family secrets tend to be unoriginal. Watching Glass Shatter is definitely not that. I found the plot to be surprisingly refreshing. When I first learned of the meat of Ben's secret, I knew I had to keep rea [...]

    19. Compelling family sagaThis novel was so compelling. Although some dragged and sometimes I felt there might be too many sons in thee mix I grew attached to each brother. The trouble Olivia faced pushed this strong woman into making difficult decisions. Her situation made more complex as each hidden truth was unveiled. It was worth the effort to get to know this family.

    20. Watching Glass ShatterWhat a wonderful and thought-provoking debut book this is. I have not found it easy to write a review without some level of spoilers. There is so much depth in the author’s writing. I was immersed in it right from the very start. The theme is all about secrets. The title is most appropriate. After forty years of happy marriage Olivia Glass… the mother of five sons is informed one day that her husband Ben has been killed in a car accident leaving her devastated.The famil [...]

    21. Before getting into nitty-gritty, I must get this straight; this is my unbiased, 100% honest opinion. NOTHING affects my review for this book. I just wanted to make this crystal clear. Now that the housekeeping is done, let’s talk about my thoughts and feels on this book.First and foremost, I loved this book so much. The plot is well-thought out and intricately and methodically crafted. The execution is great, especially the last several chapters are stunningly beautiful, incredibly gut-wrench [...]

    22. Wow, what an extravagant book! I was initially drawn to this novel because I loved reading Jay’s reviews and other writings on his blog. His blog was one of the very first that I had followed and I highly enjoyed his his daily updates. Now, that has no bearings on my review if I don’t enjoy a book from a fellow blogger, I simply let them know and don’t waste either of our time posting. What sealed the deal for reading this story was the incredible cover, synopsis, and many other glowing re [...]

    23. I enjoyed this book on many levels. I liked the way the author structured the book to allow the reader to get to know the characters and their relationships in a very straight forward way. I appreciated the fact that the book was tightly written, with plenty of character development, but no unnecessary padding. I look forward to reading more from this author.

    24. Loved it. Thank you James for the review copy.I love the way the relationship are portrayed. Made me teary eyed at the end. For a detailed review check hereluvissostrange.wordpress/

    25. I wasn’t sure that there were any fresh twists to the “story about family secrets”. This book was a pleasant surprise. As in real life, families that appear perfect to outsiders seldom are perfect in reality. Also of note was the character of the mother. So often mothers are the gentle, understandings ones. It was great to read about a strong woman with flaws. I hope to read more of this author in the future.

    26. I’m completely in awe that Watching Glass Shatter is James J. Cudney’s debut novel. As a strong supporter of up and coming new authors, I read several debuts a year. This one has blown the rest completely out of the water. I ugly cried and everything, multiple times. There are actually a few reasons why Watching Glass Shatter has become my favorite debut. Obviously the plot plays the biggest part (it’s uniquely brilliant), but also because the quality of writing is wonderfully well-polishe [...]

    27. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful novel. James created a new life and a new family for me and I journeyed with them through their turbulent times. I laughed, I cried, I shook my head in despair, this book really touched my soul. The characters are so strong, beautiful, believable and engaging. The storyline was well paced and weaved with a fabulous mix of empathy and insight and just outright fabulous storytelling. I highly recommend you purchase this book and experience the joy.

    28. This is a book about annoying rich people and their first world problems. When their father dies, in a preventable accident caused by him being too arrogant to wear a seat belt, the 5 sons of Olivia & Ben reveal they are not the perfect children their mother thought. Olivia is an annoying shrew of a mother who thinks she always knows best and interferes with her children while CONSTANTLY missing the big picture. When an emotional hand grenade is dropped into the reading of Ben's will; which [...]

    29. Book ReviewWatching Glass ShatterJames J. Cudney4.5/5 starsMost first time novelists will keep their story simple and the number of characters to a minimum, in order to manage the task of development and continuity within the narrative. This strategy makes perfect sense and has been successfully employed, many times, by young writers looking to produce a strong, first effort.  Numerous moving parts can be difficult to pull off even for seasoned writers, so many debut novels will be lacking a pa [...]

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