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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!!!!
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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 June 18, 2012
Take Fifty Shades of Gray (minus the whole BDSM-thing), add The
Take Fifty Shades of Gray (minus the whole BDSM-thing), add The Time Traveler's Wife, plus a dash of Erin Duffy's debut novel Bond Girl, and a pinch of Maisie Dobbs' WWI mysteries, shake them all up in a box, and you get Beatriz Williams' imaginative debut novel Overseas.
Young analyst Kate Wilson has a summer job at Sterling Bates bank, a Wall Street institution. When she attracts the attention of superstar hedge fund billionaire Julian Ashford, sparks fly and they begin a relationship, much to the consternation of her hated boss Alicia, who aims to do Kate in.
But what does this have to do with Captain the Honorable Julian Laurence Spencer Ashford, WWI British Army hero who wrote a famous love poem, Overseas, to his fiancee back home and died tragically on the battlefield in France? Are the two men distant relatives or something more?
Julian and Kate begin a relationship, only to have Julian dump Kate soon after, without warning or reason. When Julian reappears months later, saving Kate from an attack in Central Park, they reignite their relationship, although Julian acts very mysterious, paranoid even.
Kate is accused of violating insider trading laws and fired from Sterling Bates, and she believes that Alicia is behind it. Julian offers to help her find out what happened, and whisks her off to his country home in Connecticut where their relationship grows deeper.
Julian loves Kate, almost from the first moment he saw her, and he showers her with affection and gifts. Kate understands the affection, but the expensive gifts make her uncomfortable. There was one line I adored, something that explains the deep relationship between true soulmates. Julian says:
"There's a difference between giving and sharing, darling. I'm not giving you anything. You're a part of me. It's all just yours."
But Julian is keeping secrets from Kate, and there are men following her. What is behind all this? The mystery behind who exactly Julian is and why people seem to want to hurt Kate and him is well drawn-out and comes to a convincing conclusion.
This imaginative book defies categorization, with aspects of mystery, romance, fantasy, and a little science fiction all carefully put together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that, when finally finished, brings great satisfaction.
It's not a book that when described to me I thought I would choose to read, but I'm glad I opened my mind and heart up to it. The storytelling is very clever, and I would have loved to seen the editor's pitch for this book. My only criticism would be that it may have been a bit too long, with too many scenes between Kate and Julian establishing their relationship.
That said, I look forward to Beatriz Williams next book; she has a lot going on in that creative mind of hers.
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Posted May 9, 2012
I was privileged to obtain a copy of this book from Putnam Group
I was privileged to obtain a copy of this book from Putnam Group which is an imprint of Penguin Group. Thank you Lydia Hirt and Beatriz Williams, for the opportunity to review this book.
Kate Wilson and Julian Laurence Ashford have known each other for a long time. They met in 1916 during the First World War. Julian was fighting for England at this time. Kate had traveled to him with a message from the future. Move to 2007 and Wall Street New York where Kate is working as an investment banker and Julian has a hedge fund firm called Southfield. They meet briefly and Julian knows that he has found his missing Kate. Will he convince Kate that he is the love of her life?
I enjoyed this story from Beatriz Williams. I felt that she told a timeless story of star crossed lovers. I thought the plot was very interesting because it kept you guessing as to what would happen next. The characters were also well written. The only criticism that I had was the length of the book. Story seemed to slow in certain spots in the book. I still enjoyed the story very much.
This story reminded me a little of the saga told by Diana Gabaldon of Jamie and Claire. I felt that the story of Julian and Kate was similar in little ways. They had the same elements as time travel, a timeless love story, and great romance. I wonder where she will go from here?
This book is also featured in the Readathon at Stonecrest Library on May 26th.
You can contact Beatriz via facebook, twitter, and her website.
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Posted August 15, 2012
Julian isn't your typical love interest. When he is hit by a she
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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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