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Overseas Hardcover – May 10, 2012

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“Outstanding…With a complicated romance, intriguing suspense, a dashing hero, a feisty heroine, and a fantastic but plausible time-travel explanation, this book will hit the mark for readers wanting something exceptional for their summer reading."

Library Journal (starred review)

 This is a delicious story about the ultimate romantic fantasy: love that not only triumphs over time and common sense, but, once Kate overcomes Julian’s WWI-era ideas about honor, includes mind-blowing sex.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 A full-throated love story…With [Williams’] gift for humor, snappy dialogue and swooning romance, there's plenty to enjoy and the promise of more enjoyable escapism to come."


 "A sensational debut! OVERSEAS is a heady blend of wit, charm, and romantic sizzle, all wrapped around a tantalizing mystery that will constantly surprise and delight readers."
—Anne Fortier, New York Times-bestselling author of Juliet

“Overseas is an irresistible combination of romance, history, and imaginative storytelling. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of World War I and the glittering lights of today’s New York financial world, Beatriz Williams creates a memorable story of a timeless love. . . . I can’t wait to see what she does next!”

—Karen White, New York Times–bestselling author of The Beach Trees

 “Overseas is one of those addictive stories that grab you and don’t let go. Beatriz Williams has an amazing storytelling talent. . . . I wanted to crawl into the book and stay there.”

—Lauren Willig, New York Times–bestselling author of the Pink Carnation series

 “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—I loved every page.”

—Tilly Bagshawe, New York Times-bestselling author of Adored

About the Author

 Beatriz Williams lives with her husband and children in Greenwich, Connecticut. Overseas is her first novel. 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (May 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157646
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a corporate and communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons. She now lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.

Visit her online at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at @bcwilliamsbooks.

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis on April 26, 2012
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I am not a reader of genre romance novels, but clearly I have latent romantic tendencies. Certain novels just make me melt, and none more so in recent months (years?) than Beatriz William's debut novel, Overseas.

Overseas is the story of Kate Wilson, a 25-year-old transplanted Midwesterner trying to get ahead on Wall Street. Early in the novel, after getting screwed over by an ambitious colleague, she still seems to make a BIG impression on powerful British hedge fund bazillionaire Julian Laurence. In fact, the man appears to be inexplicable smitten with Kate, and she can't deny how drawn she feels to him. In a parallel storyline, set in WWI France, we meet another Kate who is approaching Captain Julian Ashford, a younger man who is a stranger to her. She's on a mission to warn him away from danger at the front.

Even a glance at the jacket copy will inform you that this is a time travel tale, but I'll leave it to you to tease out the details regarding this star-crossed romance. What I will tell you is that I found the Cinderella romance of Overseas to be a perfect distraction from my not-so-Cinderella-like life. Williams has penned a tale so romantic it may make you sigh aloud. There is some sexual content in the novel, but it's not overly graphic. She's struck a good balance; it's not too chaste, but this is no bodice ripper. Kate and Julian are such appealing protagonists; you'd have to be hard-hearted indeed not to root for them. There's nothing "literary" about the novel, but the prose moves along smoothly and the development of these central characters works fine within the tale. This book is mostly about story, and it succeeds quite well on that level.

Still, this is a debut novel, and there are plenty of things I could criticize.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Hira N. Hasnain on May 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"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 she believe him? Does she trust him?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Godwin on July 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm really hard pressed to say what I disliked most about this book but I suppose it's that I knew the intent behind the book ,I just didn't see it realized within it. I had the pleasure of hearing Beatriz Williams talk about Overseas and her inspiration for Julian and her desire to bring back some of the honor and romance that was once expected between men and women. From Williams' enthusiasm I was expecting an epic love story with mature adults. Hearing about the inspiration for Julian I was expecting a staid perhaps overwhelmed guard of the old order, someone conflicted as he attempted to live in modern times with the morals, beliefs, and sensibilities that he would have harbored from his and to slowly come to appreciate and embrace the differences in times and eras as he falls in love. Instead Kate and Julian's relationship never rings true let alone epic and borders on juvenile.

Julian seems fixated with Kate more than in love with her. He constantly tells her that he needs her, he loves her, and he can't live without her. He loves her so much that he often places himself where he might see her (which sounds an awful lot like stalking to me) and he all but abducts her in the name of safety. I was never convinced that the two of them were in love. There was never a sense of "romance" in their relationship, more so than a handsome British billionaire showers a woman with gifts who he says he loves.

The relationship between mature adults I was hoping for never materialized. There is nothing that anyone can say or do to convince me that Kate isn't a recent high school graduate. She is immature, selfish, and illogical in spite of her insisting throughout the book that she's a smart girl.
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