Author: Katherine Howe


Review: House of Velvet and Glass

April 2, 2012 Review 1 ★★★

Review: House of Velvet and GlassRelease Date: April 10, 2012
Title: The House of Velvet and Glass
Author: Katherine Howe
Pages: 432
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Publisher Provided
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal-plagued brother in an elegant town house in Boston’s Back Bay. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sybil flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium.

But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Jones, despite the unspoken tensions of their shared past. As Benton and Sibyl work together to solve a harrowing mystery, their long-simmering spark flares to life, and they realize that there may be something even more magical between them than a medium’s scrying glass.

From the opium dens of Boston’s Chinatown to the opulent salons of high society, from the back alleys of colonial Shanghai to the decks of the Titanic, The House of Velvet and Glass weaves together meticulous period detail, intoxicating romance, and a final shocking twist in a breathtaking novel that will thrill readers.
3 Stars

Despite my low rating, I did end up enjoying this book. The 3 stems primarily from the extraordinarily slow beginning. It took awhile before things started coming together, but when they did I found myself looking forward to turning the page.

This book isn’t action-packed; there’s no murder or high speed chases. There is a young woman who misses her mother and sister, both of whom drowned on the Titanic; there is the story of a young sailor in China; and there is the story of a mother and daughter the night the Titanic sank. All three stories are expertly woven together to tell the tale of a family.

And while I probably will never read this book again, I am glad to have read it.