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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"Overseas" by Beatriz Williams is quite simply put, a
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, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
Way Too Long For Too Little Story
ARC Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
posted by BookSakeBlogspot on May 20, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2012
On the plus side--the time travel, WWI, French elements are fun with potential BUT...
On the "thumbs WAY down" side:
***Once again, WHY didn't an editor cut this in HALF?? WHY are editors so afraid of cutting, getting rid of repetitive wording, events and plotlines? This is not a deep enough or worthy-enough story to be this long-for the love of all things holy: EDIT!!
***Cringe-worthy dialogue--if Julian repeated, "my beloved, my darling, my heart, my love," etc and lovingly stroked her face/jaw/neck once, it was ten thousand times and it was eye-rolling to the point of nauseating. Granted he is supposed to be from the Edwardian era, but come on--the Edwardians certainly had more romantic endearment variety and originality than this. Just watch "Downton Abbey." It got to the point I was sort of repulsed by Julian's grossly over the top, syrupy, endearments. It was just, well, icky. Note to editors--THIS is the obvious place to start cutting.
And also to the editors: "Dude" in every. single. sentence. uttered. by the male best friend--does NOT a character make and I was screaming--it was just obnoxious in its repetition and uselessness. The novel's information says this is a first novel--and it reads like one. Couldn't someone have helped with the dialogue and character development?
***Time travel particulars--let's face it--they usually just don't work and here we once again have plot holes and confusion because of it. Plus [SPOILER!] explaining time travel as a process of basically just thinking really hard is laughable and blatantly reads as if the author just could not come up with any kind of unique or original take on how to explain it. Really?!
Yes, I know this is to be a fun, beach read, but this has so many frustrating and cringe-inducing elements the fun was taken away. Could have been worlds better with major editing, revised dialogue and filling in of plot holes.
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Posted May 29, 2013
Boring and neverending
Sorry, but how did this book manage to garner such high reviews? It was an utter waste of money and time. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, but 250 pages into it I just felt like I was being strung along with the two cardboard cutout characters' endless avowals of undying immortal transcendental immutable unbreakable impregnable gag-me devotion to each other. Yucky. For a good romantic read get your hands on something by Jacqueline Briskin.
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