- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (April 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425261263
- ISBN-13: 978-0425261262
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A sensational debut...a heady blend of wit, charm, and romantic sizzle.”—Anne Fortier, New York Times bestselling author of Juliet
“Overseas is written with a magical depth that kept me utterly glued to the page...Bravo, Ms. Williams. You are about to become immortal.”—Darynda Jones, author of First Grave on the Right
“A delicious story about the ultimate romantic fantasy.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One-stop shopping for fans of mysteries, romance, historical fiction, and time travel. Williams’s genre mash-up will hook you from page one.”—Ladies’ Home Journal
“With her gift for humor, snappy dialogue, and swooning romance, there’s plenty to enjoy.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A debut novel that many a seasoned writer will envy. It’s destined to be a classic love story because it combines the best of historical fiction and romance with a touch of magic.”—Examiner.com
About the Author
Beatriz Williams lives with her husband and children in Connecticut. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Along the Infinite Sea, Tiny Little Thing, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, A Hundred Summers, and Overseas. She also writes under the pseudonym Juliana Gray.
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We begin in Amiens, France in 1916 with a young woman, Kate Wilson, waiting outside the cathedral to meet a young British office, Captain Julian Ashford. She apparently knows him - but he does not know her.
Then we shift forward to 2008. The same Kate Wilson is an analyst for a Wall Street brokerage while the same Julian is the billionaire head of a major hedge fund. When the two meet again, he apparently knows her - but she does not know him. And from this, we the readers learn that Julian has managed to travel forward from the trenches of World War I to Wall Street -- while Kate has managed to achieve the same journey in the opposite direction.
This raises the question, when did the two actually meet? When Kate sees Julian in 1916, she already knows him - or at least a 12-years older version of him. And when Julian meets Kate in New York, he has already met her. Did they ever meet when neither one of them knew the other?
Suspension of disbelief is essential in the genre of time travel so I put this down as part of the fun. The problems start mounting when the two fall in love. Julian is so effusive, so over-the-top - so utterly un-British -- that he began to make me cringe. Every sentence is filled with endearments - "darling, angel, sweetheart, precious one, life of my life" and most annoying of all "little minx."
When the subject turns to sex, the yuck quotient rises although the author avoids actually descriptions of the act of love. But what she does say, in her allusive, Victorian way, still amounts to too much. Julian, describing his carnal experiences to his beloved: "Kate, this ... this passion, this desire to carry you off to bed, make you cry out again with that lovely feral howl of yours..."
I should also say that there is not much sense of place in this book, especially in the scenes in France which are pallid. The author has read her Wilfred Owen - but obviously has not really understood it. The loss of an entire generation of young men, the appalling cost of that war, is never sufficiently acknowledged.
I wanted to love this book - but I'm left at the end crying out with an unlovely feral howl of frustration.