Overseas: Book summary and reviews of Overseas by Beatriz Williams

Overseas

A Novel

By Beatriz Williams

Overseas
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  • Published in USA  May 2012,
    464 pages.

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When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one's more surprised than she is. Julian's relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she's baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire - Manhattan's most eligible bachelor - pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn't had a boyfriend since college?

The answer is beyond imagining... at least at first. Kate and Julian's story may have begun not in the moneyed world of twenty-first-century Manhattan but in France during World War I, when a mysterious American woman emerged from the shadows of the Western Front to save the life of Captain Julian Laurence Ashford, a celebrated war poet and infantry officer.

Now, in modern-day New York, Kate and Julian must protect themselves from the secrets of the past, and trust in a true love that transcends time and space.

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"Starred Review. Some of the book's many plot threads get dropped, but it doesn't matter; at heart this is a delicious story about the ultimate romantic fantasy." - Publishers Weekly

"Williams' terrific premise proves impossible to sustain, but with her gift for humor, snappy dialogue and swooning romance, there's plenty to enjoy and the promise of more enjoyable escapism to come in future work." - Kirkus Reviews

"Starred Review. With a complicated romance, intriguing suspense, a dashing hero, a feisty heroine, and a fantastic but plausible time-travel explanation, this book will hit the mark for readers wanting something exceptional for their summer reading." - Library Journal

"A sensational debut! Overseas is a heady blend of wit, charm, and romantic sizzle, all wrapped around a tantalizing mystery that will constantly surprise and delight readers." - Anne Fortier, New York Times-bestselling author of Juliet

"Overseas is an irresistible combination of romance, history, and imaginative storytelling. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of World War I and the glittering lights of today's New York financial world, Beatriz Williams creates a memorable story of a timeless love... I can't wait to see what she does next!" - Karen White, New York Times–bestselling author of The Beach Trees

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Rated 3 of 5 of 5 by Suzanne G.
Interesting...
I enjoyed this book. It is an unusual time-travel story fluctuating between WWI and present day. We never learned how they vacillated between yesterday and today.There were plenty of twists and turns, yet the characters seemed stiff and not rounded out. There was romance, but even that came across as not realistic—way, way too many “darlings” being uttered. All in all, Overseas kept my interest—it is only fiction, after all.

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by brnoze
Travel Through Time
This was an enjoyable read for me. I found the love story interesting, the movement between the time frames smooth. It reminded me of The Time Travelers Wife, but easier to follow. I thought it was a love story with a interesting plot. I would recommend it.

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Beatriz Williams lives with her husband and children in Greenwich, Connecticut. Overseas is her first novel. Visit her online at www.beatrizwilliams.com.

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