The synopsis :
When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no ones more surprised than she is. Julians relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify
her, but shes baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaireManhattans most eligible bachelorpursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasnt had a boyfriend since college?
The answer is beyond imagining . . . at least at first. Kate and Julians 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.
My review :
Wow. That was my reaction when I turned the last page of Overseas. I didn’t expect to get that engrossed in this debut novel by Beatriz Williams. In fact, I picked it up because I saw it was being translated in lots of languages and several reviews had nothing but good things to say about the story and the writing style. So why not give it try?
Let me tell you that this novel was a true surprise to me and I dare say it’s now one of my favorites. Lovely and steamy romance? Check. Handsome hero who makes you weak in the knees? Check. Mystery? Check. This book has everything you can wish for and it leaves you completely satisfied at the end.
I was immediately attracted to Julian Laurence’s character, from the very first moment he appeared on the page. If I had finished reading this book before we penned the Book Boyfriends list of 2012, I would have included him for sure. He’s an extremely handsome Brit, and quite the gentleman. He’s a billionaire and at the helm of one of the world’s largest hedge – funds, yet money doesn’t seem to mean much to him. He’s immediately attracted to Kate, for some reason…He seems to know her from the first moment he sets eyes on her and this is one of the mysteries of the book… I loved his chivalry and the way he loves Kate passionately, wanting to give her everything and to protect her.
Kate is a wonderful heroine – a strong and determinate woman. I love reading about female characters who stand their ground and know what they want. Her relationship with Julian is one of the best out there in my opinion and it’s beautifully written, from the early stages when she tries to figure him out to their passionate and tender loving. Julian has unfathomable secrets, but she decides to stand by him and …
There are some steamy scenes in the novel and, despite them not being overtly explicit, they make you feel the passion between the two characters, the extraordinary feeling of being one with your lover and will satisfy those readers who like steamy romances.
The book is set both in the twenty-first century New York and in France during World War I. The time leap is very well done and adds to the mystery about Julian’s real identity. It has an Outlander vibe and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy Gabaldon’s books. There’s also something that threatens Julian and Kate, but no ones know where the danger comes from and this kept me glued to the book page after page. I’m not lying when I say that I couldn’t put the book down before 2 am in the morning, especially because the mystery isn’t solved till the very last pages of the book. So tighten your seatbelts when you read it and enjoy the ride, because it’s a truly wonderful story that I can’t recommend enough.
Beatriz Williams, you have a new fan.
I give this book 4.5 stars.
Some of my favorite passages :
” I looked at the clock on the dashboard. ‘Then I’m making you late.’
‘Geoff can hold down the fort for once.’
‘When I think of all the trades you’ll be missing…’
He laughed. ‘Don’t worry about it. The markets will survive without me. I, however, cannot possibly survive without you.’ “
“His hands held my head tenderly in place, his fingertips worked through the fine hair at my temples. An odd sensation began to build behind my eyes and through my torso, as if I were lighter than air, tethered to myself only by the hold of Julian’s hands and lips. I slipped my fingers under his suit jacket, clutching at the reality of his flesh through the thin layers of shirt and undershirt. ‘Kate,’ he growled into my lips, shifting his body urgently, and I wrapped my other arm around him, nearly climbing out of my seat with a desperate need to connect with him. “
” ‘Would it help if I said it aloud?’
I found myself nodding.
‘You certainly ought to hear it, putting up with all my mad behavior as generously as you have. ‘ A deprecating shake of his head, and then he went on in a low voice. ‘Sweetheart, I love you. Of course I do. I love every priceless inch of you. I love you idolatrously, for a thousand reasons, and I shall never stop. Hush,’ he said, laying his finger on my lips again, “you don’t need to say anything. I’m a patient man. Just be easy. Know that it’s there., that you needn’t doubt me on this, at least.”