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review 2017-04-21 02:38
Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach: A Novel - Beatriz Williams

I would recommend reading A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams before reading this book. You will understand more about Virginia's past if you read that book. This isn't necessarily a sequel to that book it just follows Virginia after the events of A Certain Age.

Virginia in A Certain Age held somewhat of a mystery about her so getting this expanded view into her life was great. You finally get to see how she met her husband and what led her to move back in with her father and sister.


In not sure that I enjoyed the back and forth between when Virginia first met Simon and the present day. I think I would have liked it more in chronological order. I did enjoy when a chapter ended with a letter from Simon to Virginia.


Towards the middle of the book the plot seemed to drag a bit and I became a little bit bored. I enjoyed when the book picked up towards the end and everything was revealed. I have to say that this was not my favorite one of Beatriz Williams' novels but it was still good.


I received this book from a  Librarything Early Reviewers giveaway. My review is not affected by that.


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text 2017-02-08 16:40
A Certain Age: A Novel - Beatriz Williams
The Wicked City - Beatriz Williams

Book post at “The Roaring Twenties.”

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review 2017-01-21 22:08
The Wicked City
The Wicked City - Beatriz Williams

It's the late 1990's and Ella Hawthorne has just discovered her husband cheating on her and impulsively moves out of their home and into a tiny apartment in an old Greenwich Village building. After going down to do her laundry in the basement early one morning, her good-looking neighbour Hector advises her to stay out of the basement at night. The space next to the laundry room used to be a speakeasy in the '20's and laughter, clinking glasses, and jazz music can still be heard to this day.

It's the 1920's and Gin Kelly, a saucy redhead, has moved from the hills of western Maryland to the Big Apple where she gets caught up in a raid at a speakeasy known as the Christopher Club. She also gets caught up in a love triangle between a rugged, strait-laced Prohibition enforcement agent and a Princeton boy from a well-known, well-to-do family. Prohibition enforcement agent Oliver Anson persuades Gin to help catch her stepfather Duke Kelly, one of Appalachia’s major alcohol distributors and in the midst of that she uncovers secrets that will shock even her.

I honestly don't know how to tell someone how much I love this author's writing. Her books are just so damn well-written - descriptive without dragging on. Everything and everyone comes to life. It's told from two perspectives and they're both interesting. There are names in here that, if you've read her previous novels, you'll know. If it's by Beatriz Williams then you're guaranteed a great read and will be left wanting more.

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review 2016-09-13 21:47
A Vintage Mercedes
Along the Infinite Sea - Beatriz Williams
A vintage Mercedes, the new owner of the Mercedes and a pregnant woman in 60's, what do they have in common? Well a lot actually, Pepper Schuyler the pregnant woman, has refurbished a vintage Mercedes and has sold it to Annabelle Dommerich. Upon meeting Pepper, Annabelle takes her under her wing and moves her into her home. A place where Pepper can be away from Washington D.C and all the memories there. Pepper is not even in Annabelle's home for a day when Annabelle seemingly disappears. 
What follows is a very poignant story that travels back and forth between 1966 and the 1930's and through the war and Annabelle's life in particular. She meets the love of her life but that happiness is taken away and Annabelle marries a Nazi. The reader learns about how Annabelle escapes Europe and settles into America. The lives of Pepper and Annabelle tangle to tell a story that will tear at the heartstrings. Is there a happy ever after? Well you will have to read the book to get to the end and find out. I loved this story, written with compassion and a lot of research through the turbulent times when a fanatic is bound and determined to wipe out a whole race of people. 
I enjoyed this story and I know you will too. Not only a great historical fiction but a wonderful love story.


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review 2016-07-03 23:39
A Certain Age
A Certain Age: A Novel - Beatriz Williams
ISBN:  0062404954
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 6/28/2016 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 4 Stars 
A CERTAIN AGE, is a delicious gripping tale of love, secrets, and family scandal in the glamorous Jazz Age — inspired by Richard Strauss’ masterpiece Der Rosenkavalier — a glamorous New York Manhattan socialite loses her young lover to an ingénue with a mysterious past.
Love the elegant cover!

The queen of historical fiction, Beatriz Williams skillfully blends the old and new, sorrow and joy, wealth and depression, the delicate and fierce, with an ongoing theme of age—from the dazzling youth to the middle age.

In a time of contrasts, extremes and profound changes. The exciting 1920s, in the wake of the First World War-- science, art, modern age, wealth, women’s movements, and the glamorous Jazz Age in New York.

Inspired by Richard Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier (Marschallin), from love, honor, betrayal, high society, and lowbrow secrets combine in a delightful timeless tale.

Sprinkled with snippets of clever witty advice from Helen Rowland at the beginning of each chapter, (think Carrie Bradshaw), from “Reflections of a Bachelor Girl”—making for a perfect match for the context of intricacies of love and marriage.

A love triangle. Theresa, Octavian, Sophie. Two love stories: Octavian and Theresa. Sophie and Octavian.

An aviator (flyboy) “the boy” has returned from the war in France. An affair. An older woman and a younger man more than twenty years apart in age, find comfort in one another. In between a shocking family mystery.

Mrs. Theresa Marshall, age 44, married (the most inquisitive) of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island—wealthy, elegant, chic, and fashionable. She and her husband, Sylvo have an agreement. After all, the well-respected philanderer husband has younger mistresses. So a younger man seems a suitable compromise.

She meets her new younger lover at a late-night Fourth of July society party on Long Island. Instant fireworks. Octavian, age 22, her lover. He wants to marry and have babies. Of course, Theresa is not interested in such things, since her children are much older and she has a husband.

Complications compound things. Her brother, Edmund Jay “Ox” Ochsner wants to marry 19 year old Sophie Fortescue, youngest daughter of the so-called Patent King, an entrepreneur and inventor who made his fortune as his nickname suggests.

To add even more spice, we hear from “Patty Cake,” a jaded society reporter from a New York paper, covering a “Trial of the Century” in Connecticut.

Theresa enlists Octavian, to act as cavalier for Ox, delivering a rose-shaped engagement ring to Sophie at her father’s home on 32nd Street-- and to check into the background of the little-known Fortescue family (wealthy father).

They soon become smitten with one another, while he discovers family secrets. Loyalties are tested and relationships are threatened. Even after Sophie has accepted Theresa’s brother’s proposal, she finds herself falling for Octavian.

Although he’s supposed to be working to reassure Theresa, he can’t ignore his attraction to Sophie. He feels a connection to her—they share a connection from the past that takes their relationship to a whole other level.

Theresa loses her lover and her hubby wants to marry his mistress.

Testimony at trial recalls a Greenwich, Connecticut, house once occupied by a mechanic, who disappeared with his two daughters after his wife was found murdered. Chapters alternate in time, for a delicious and entertaining saga.

As always, Williams brings the Roaring Twenties to life—from the setting, mixed with intrigue, romance, and scandal. Love this era—the fashion, the atmosphere, and the glamour. No one can spin a tale from the past, better than Williams.

After finishing the audiobook narrated by Mia Barron, Barbara Goodson, and Adrienne Rusk,- delivering a gripping performance, I watched the Amazon Prime Pilot “The Last Tycoon”, based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel of the same name. More Golden Age, love triangles, older woman-younger man-- glitz, and glamour and Hollywood scandal (loved it), especially sexy Matt Bomer and stunning Lily Collins.

A blending of fact and fiction --From old and new money, past and present, and the scandalous secrets. The New York Herald-Tribune celebrates the launch of Beatriz’s upcoming novel with an issue devoted to A Certain Age.

What’s Next Looking forward to more Roaring Twenties: Coming January 2017
The Wicked City “A spin-off series about a steadfast Prohibition agent and the dashing New York City flapper who — reluctantly — helps him break a bootlegging ring, all of which is framed by a contemporary narrative about the woman who moves into the flapper’s old apartment, decades later. The Wicked books will come out in winter, alternating with my stand-alone books in summer, and those fictional worlds will definitely intersect, though you won’t have to read one to read the other.”

Can't wait!


On a personal note
: Every time I visit HMF’s The Breakers Palm Beach, I cannot help but feel I am re-living this exciting era. Named for The Breakers’ founding father, Henry Morrison Flagler this thrillingly glamorous retreat is an ode to golden era Palm Beach, with all of its high style, grace, and unapologetic decadence. When stepping into room, the ambiance, the mood, takes you back: Listen to the Music It awakens your spirit, and resonates the glamour and sophistication of the exciting and dazzling 1920's. (all of these selections are on my personal playlist).
Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/#!A-Certain-Age/cmoa/569d6f410cf20b5fa8e95630
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