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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

"Overseas" by Beatriz Williams is quite simply put, a

"Overseas" by Beatriz Williams is quite simply put, a game changer. The kind of book that completely makes you re-think a genre. As a matter of fact, it is SUCH an interesting and different novel, that I'd say it simply surpasses being confined within one genr...
"Overseas" by Beatriz Williams is quite simply put, a game changer. The kind of book that completely makes you re-think a genre. As a matter of fact, it is SUCH an interesting and different novel, that I'd say it simply surpasses being confined within one genre. It is not just contemporary adult fiction, it is also a romance novel, along with elements of historical fiction, and nuances of the sci-fi genre. But instead of being a hodge-podge of confusion, what you get is a melange of literary genres very craftily combined into a witty, charming and wonderful narrative.

I've seen some reviews, and some readers, compare this book to "The Time Traveler's Wife", which is an absolutely amazing book and one of my favorites. I, however, respectfully disagree. There are some similarities, perhaps, because of the element of time-travel but where The Time Traveler focuses on how the time travels affects a romance, I believe author William's book focuses on how a simple romance can exist beyond the perimeter of time. The time travel doesn't encumber the romance, it facilitates it.

Kate Wilson works on Wall Street, and although she has heard many things about Julian Laurence, the mysterious and reserved British billionaire running an enormous hedge fund, she is completely unprepared for how handsome he is, and even more unprepared for the way he looks at her. They meet, they talk and a harmless romance ensues. And yet, despite his gentlemanly and knight-like ways, Julian Laurence seems to be surrounded by secrets. And even as he opens his heart, and his home, to Kate he keeps his secrets to himself. As the mystery around Julian Laurence unravels, Kate uncovers the truth that is SO shocking, it is almost impossible to believe! Will this explosive secret bring them together, or tear them apart? And above all, will their romance stand the test of TIME and DISTANCE?

Confession: I almost always despise it when a rich guy comes into the life of a middle-class girl, and sweeps her off her feet, showering her with lavish presents, and turning her life around. I rebel against the idea that a man needs to come and rescue me from anything, even my poverty! Yet, there's Kate Wilson, being wooed by the filthy rich Julian Laurence, and being showered with every material object imaginable, clothes, jewelry, etc. But here's why this book is different - Kate never, not even at the end of the novel, takes any of it for granted, and never becomes entangled in the snare of riches and materialism, and she retains her dignity and her character till the very end. Now Kate is the kind of heroine I can live with being showered by lavishness!

Ultimately, "Overseas" completely changed the way I looked at the genre of romance in adult fiction. I've now come to realize that romance in fiction is not the problem, but the usage of cliches to perpetuate such a romance. Beatriz Williams, on the other hand, creates multi-layered characters, who are lovable, charming & easy to become attached to. She never allows her characters to lose themselves, or changes their nature, for the sake of romance. Kate is a smart, sensible, girl who puts loyalty and love above all else. Julian is a man of honor, and is reminiscent of another character I absolutely adore....my dream (literary) hero, Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice), in his chivalrous ways. This book has me hooked in a way that is purely sinful! The romance...the sweetness.... It's beyond amazing!!!!

posted by Hira_Hasnain_EnamoredSoul on May 22, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Way Too Long For Too Little Story

I really wanted to like this story, but it was just way too long and way too tedious of a read. If it had been cut in half I probably would have liked it more and my mind wouldn’t have started to wander nearly every time I picked the book up. The characters themselves w...
I really wanted to like this story, but it was just way too long and way too tedious of a read. If it had been cut in half I probably would have liked it more and my mind wouldn’t have started to wander nearly every time I picked the book up. The characters themselves were interesting, particularly Julian, and I don’t think that their love story needed so much filler to make it work. If you like to read about someone’s everyday moments from waking to going to bed, then this might be for you, but I want the substance of the story and to know what makes the characters behave the way they do. I don’t need every minor detail and moment laid out for me.

ARC Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

posted by BookSakeBlogspot on May 20, 2012

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  • Posted October 28, 2012

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    Sweet time travel romance

    I'm a sucker for time travel romances - I love the idea of traveling through time to reach your beloved, of romances destined by fate. Overseas totally delivered there for me. Julian and Kate have a beautiful love that reaches back and forth across time. Overall it's a great story, but sometimes the pace dragged a little bit, and Julian was just a little *too* perfect and Kate was just a little *too* "independent" for my taste. I'm guessing all her lines about wanting to do things on her own merit and not wanting Julian to give her gifts and things were done so readers wouldn't see her as a golddigger, but it was just a little over the top for me. I rolled my eyes more than once at Kate's stubborn refusal of pretty much anything nice that Julian wanted to do for her that involved money. But still, Overseas is a sweet love story mixed with a little mystery, and it's one I wouldn't mind reading again.

    { I received an ARC of this book for free as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. }

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Thoroughly enjoyed...

    the great love story

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    Julian isn't your typical love interest. When he is hit by a she

    Julian isn't your typical love interest. When he is hit by a shell in
    WWI, he inexplicably travels to 1996. Years later, he is a millionaire
    in love with Kate, a financial analyst. It isn't long before Julian
    expresses a deeper interest in Kate than business and the two slowly
    fall in love together. It should be all sweetness and roses, but Kate
    isn't so sure. Julian is behaving strangely and acting fiercely
    protective of her. He continues to love her and buy her too many gifts
    that she doesn't care for, but what she really wants is an explanation.
    This book is perfect for those who enjoy their fiction without too much
    romance. Yes, it is a love story, but there are several other subplots
    that could occupy a less romantic reader. Kate's character is feisty,
    strong, and intelligent. She isn't the type to blindly follow and fully
    intends to figure out Julian's secret. Julian is a swoon-worthy
    character. He appears to truly love Kate and the reader will feel bad
    that Kate takes some of his advances and protective gestures the wrong
    way. The other characters are really not focused upon, but the reader
    will probably enjoy getting to know some of them. With a fast-paced plot
    and two quirky, but loving characters, this book is recommended to adult readers.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    Once I started reading the book I was hooked. I wanted to stay i

    Once I started reading the book I was hooked. I wanted to stay in their reality just to enjoy these wonderful characters. One surprising happening was when Kate's mother met Julian. She nonchalantly asked Kate if Julian was staying overnite. This was totally out of character for this mother. She loved Julian from the start. A lot of tension in the book and different story lines which was great. One last thing I enjoyed was the time travel. Great job Beatriz. Looking forward to your next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    I have never written a review before, I typically only read them

    I have never written a review before, I typically only read them for reference. But I can't help myself. I am very surprised by all of the 5 stars. This book is just not that good. It's not horrible, and I found myself wanting to love it the entire way through, but I just couldn't get there. It is obnoxiously redundant and I feel like I read the same conversation for about 200 pages. At the very end, a interesting story line starts to appear, but it's just not enough to breathe life into this book. It had great potential, but flatlined quickly. I wish it hadn't. If you want a good time traveling romance, read "The Rose Garden" by Susanna Kearsley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Great brain candy! Couldn't put it down!

    Great brain candy! Couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Fantastical love story

    I am such a softie for these types of books - reminds me of Random Harvest - with fantasy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Overseas

    This is an amazing read! It was highly recommended and has captured me from the first page!

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    I sincerely enjoyed this book. The writing is memorable and the

    I sincerely enjoyed this book. The writing is memorable and the characters likable, most of the time. Although time travel is not a favorite theme, I liked the way it was tied into an adult story. Hope the author writes more.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Typically I like books in which romance is a secondary storyline

    Typically I like books in which romance is a secondary storyline. The swoony dialogue in Harlequin romances can be a little much. But this book is an exception! All of the plot threads – the time travel, the mystery, the paranormal romance – had me under a spell. I was so lost in this book, I almost forgot to catch my connecting flight to Dallas! Or perhaps that was my subconscious telling me to not set foot in another busy, confusing airport. Either way, this book is worth reading! Even though this is her debut novel, Beatriz Williams writes like a seasoned pro. Her lyrical prose and whimsical dialogue rivals that of Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches) and Elizabeth Kostova (The Historian).


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