Overseas by Beatriz Williams

59%

33 Critic Reviews

When answers finally come, they arrive in a rush of derring-do and credulity-stretching chicken-and-egg explanation.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF A HUNDRED SUMMERS AND THE SECRET LIFE OF VIOLET GRANT



Amiens, France, 1916: Captain Julian Ashford, a British officer in the trenches of the Western Front, is waylaid in the town square by Kate, a beautiful young American. Julian’s never seen her before, but she has information about the reconnaissance mission he’s about to embark on. Who is she? And why did she track him down in Amiens?



New York, 2007: A young Wall Street analyst, Kate Wilson learned to rely on logic and cynicism. So why does she fall so desperately in love with Julian Laurence, a billionaire with a mysterious past?



What she doesn’t know is that he has been waiting for her...the enchanting woman who emerged from the shadows of the Great War to save his life.
 

About Beatriz Williams

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BEATRIZ WILLIAMS lives with her husband and children in Greenwich, Connecticut. Overseas is her first novel.
 
Published May 10, 2012 by Berkley. 463 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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All: 33 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 13

Kirkus

Below average
May 01 2012

When answers finally come, they arrive in a rush of derring-do and credulity-stretching chicken-and-egg explanation.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 05 2012

at heart this is a delicious story about the ultimate romantic fantasy: love that not only triumphs over time and common sense

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Dear Author

Excellent
Reviewed by Jane on May 09 2012

I’m thinking I might like time travel after all because what is more romantic than a love that transcends time. Oh, and of course, ends happily.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Melanie Smith on May 11 2012

This is a light, melodramatic read with a good deal of romance and swooning that holds great feminine appeal for dedicated readers of romance.

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All About Romance

Below average
Reviewed by Maggie Boyd

I didn't buy the motivation of either evil person. I also struggled a bit with the solution to the time mystery. The author would have done better to leave us guessing or provide a more scientific answer.

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Open Letters Monthly

Below average
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue

more schmaltz than a Bayonne bar mitzvah. Overseas is pure confection, a great big stack of sugar-flowers, and the effects of consumption are the same in both cases: a certain light-headedness

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Historical Novel Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Johnson

Not only does Beatriz Williams make Wall Street dealings sexy, but Overseas offers a superb array of high concept ideas –and melds them into an original, addictively readable package

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azlememoriallibrary

Excellent
Aug 01 2012

It was absolutely addicting, with plenty of mind-bending twists. It is a true romance that transcends both time and space

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on May 10 2012

I was completely and utterly hooked on the story. Despite its length, if I'd had time, I would have devoured the book in one sitting. That's how easy to read it was, and how badly I wanted to know what happened.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on May 12 2012

Overseas is a book that truly took me away to another place and time... Kate and Julian have a classic love that you don’t see a lot anymore in fiction, a romance so deep time and distance can’t stop it.

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Pure Textuality

Below average
Reviewed by Heather on May 10 2012

the beginning of the book I found incredibly boring...It took me FOUR days just to get past page 50. I honestly don’t think I’d have finished the book, if I hadn’t committed to doing a review,

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Of Books and Reading

Good
Reviewed by thehungryreader on Jun 06 2012

A good harmless fantasy and romance read always helps once a while. I actually cannot wait to read Beatriz William’s next book.

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Diary of an Eccentric

Good
Reviewed by Anna on Aug 15 2012

Williams made me care about Kate and Julian and made me believe their story, no matter how unbelievable it really was. I honestly was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book

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Under My Apple Tree

Below average
Reviewed by Leslie on Jul 26 2012

There is very little meat to the historical fiction and the time-travel was totally implausible and circular, not even remotely believable.

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Between The Covers

Below average
Reviewed by Heather on May 29 2012

Unfortunately, I found the dialogue between Kate and Julian to be so over-the-top that I found it unrealistic. I couldn’t picture anyone saying the things Kate said to Julian...There were quite a few ‘nobody actually talks like this!’ moments.

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YA Librarian Tales

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah on May 24 2012

it's not boring precisely but I will say I skimmed a lot of this book because it was much too lengthy.

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Peace Love Books

Below average
Reviewed by Jessica on May 19 2012

though the idea was cute and romantic, Overseas fell short in its actual execution. The story was too drawn out and the characters needed to be more unique and true to themselves.

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Pop Culture Nerd

Good
May 16 2012

Williams's prose flows easily and she keeps the action moving forward...It's escapist and romantic and grand and that is nice enough.

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The Australian Bookshelf

Good
Aug 02 2012

With a beautiful, uplifting ending, Williams’ has created a timeless, old-fashioned love story complete with a passionate heroine and a charismatic hero that will surely have you believing in eternal love!

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The Literary Life of the Well-Read Wife

Good
Reviewed by Mandy B. on Jul 23 2012

It was one of those books that made me sigh when I finished it, because I didn’t want it to end.

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Misbehavin' Librarian

Below average
Reviewed by Mountie9 on Jun 28 2012

Story jumps around so much I found myself lost with not real connection to the couple. Found hero a little too good to be true...Everything happens way too quickly for this jaded reader

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Rosario's Reading Journal

Below average
Reviewed by Rosario on Jul 03 2012

I know the "jolly good" type of language was supposed to be because he was from about 100 years ago, but it sounded very, well, like the American idea of what an Englishman would sound like. It just felt wrong, even faintly embarrassing

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Romantic Historical Lovers

Below average
Reviewed by Jill on Jun 06 2012

Julian is just a little too perfect. His speech, interspersed with ‘frightful’, ‘rotter’ and ‘jolly’ is logical given his place and time of birth, yet it was sometimes distracting and plummy

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Mrs. Q Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Jul 10 2012

Overseas is the type of book that fully consumes the reader. You’ll want to hide, and not be found until you’ve finished. This one is difficult to categorize, but very enjoyable!

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Library of Clean Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani on Aug 23 2012

I had high expectations for this book, and I was disappointed. I felt the story could have been so much more, with a better developed plot.

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Scandalous Women

Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Mahon on May 01 2012

OVERSEAS is the epic love story that Titanic wanted to be, if James Cameron weren't such a hack. Julian and Kate join the pantheon of romantic leads, next to Elizabeth & Darcy, Scarlett & Rhett, Jane & Rochester

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Thrifty Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Ames on Aug 22 2012

The secrets Julian keeps? I know if he told them to her, the book would have ended in a totally different way but the whole keeping secrets to protect you shtick got on my nerves. And there was a bit of an overuse on italics.

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Melody's Reading Corner

Good
Reviewed by Melody on Jul 11 2012

Overseas has definitely won me over with the unforgettable characters and the interesting premise as well. Author Beatriz Williams' style of writing is smooth and enticing

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Chick Lit Cafe

Good
Jun 10 2012

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

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Kees2Create

Good
Reviewed by Juanita Kees on Jul 01 2012

Williams writes with an almost poetic voice and creates an original plot that is so romantic it will warm even the coldest heart. This is a book that will hold a place of honour on the bookshelf and will be read and reread until it falls apart.

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Library Girl Reads and Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Angela Donner on Jun 01 2012

The writing is excellent with great descriptions, well-developed characters, and a fantastic storyline

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Domesticated Bliss

Good
Apr 27 2012

Overall I really liked this book, I'm a fan of all things romance and I really connected with both Kate and Julian's characters

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Allen & Unwin

Good
Reviewed by Tilly Bagshawe

History meets romance meets suspense! Compelling, original and wildly romantic, Beatriz Williams' prose is stunning and the plot edge-of-your-seat gripping. Overseas is an absolute triumph

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