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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: Putnam Adult (May 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157646
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,080 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 www.beatrizwilliams.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/beatrizwilliamsauthor, and on Twitter at @bcwilliamsbooks.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Hira N. Hasnain on May 22, 2012
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"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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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By junkette on May 28, 2012
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I haven't written a review in quite a while, but I feel this book is such a waste of money that I must add my two-cents' worth. I bought this because of an Amazon "your recommendations." Also, some of the reviewers who were not romantic fiction fans (I fit this category) loved the book. I do like time travel; therefore, I took a chance.

After pages of reading about Julian cradling Kate's face and stroking her jawline and after hearing her called "Beloved" 23 times, I hope never to have those images again.

The time travel was inconsistent and unbelievable. Do yourself a favor. Go back to a true time-travel classic and read "Time and Again" by Jack Finney.

At the end, the author says there was "reckless enthusiasm" for Overseas from Putnam. For all would-be book writers everywhere: If this book can get published, any book can.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jaylia3 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 24, 2012
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Julian Laurence/Ashford, a gorgeous, Rupert Brooke-like, WWI era poet is hit by a shell during that war, but instead of dying he time travels to the future, waking in a French hospital in 1996. By the economically volatile year of 2008 he's become a semi-reclusive millionaire Wall Street mogul, passionately and almost inexplicably in love with Kate, a prickly, very modern, 20-something financial analyst flunky that he's only just met. Or have they only just met?

Much to Kate's surprise, she and Julian become very serious very quickly and it's not long before he proposes, but as wonderful as everything is something is not quite right. Julian showers Kate in expensive gifts she appreciates but is not that interested in, he's never there when she wakes up in the morning, and he's desperate to protect Kate from a threat he can't or won't explain. Kate's completely smitten, but she's just as determined to be an independent woman--a situation that leads to a lot of arguments and making-up.

I'm a fan of WWI era novels, but there isn't as much of that time period in Overseas as I hoped. Instead it's more of a chick lit Wall Street romance, complete with Starbuck's coffee, vicious coworkers, modern slang (except for Julian), expensive bling, and Apple products, which is not my escape genre of choice. That said, it's well written and intricately plotted. It takes some imagination to picture someone in the Rupert Brooke mold working on Wall Street, but the heated relationship of Julian and Kate becomes more credible by the end when their story is fully told.
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