Friday, July 22, 2016

Book Review - A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams

About Beatriz Williams

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.

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New York in the Roaring Twenties – a time for love, secrets and scandal…

As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue – a beautiful socialite of a certain age – has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young lover, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. But though times are changing, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question.

When Theresa’s bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the youngest daughter of a newly wealthy inventor, Theresa enlists her lover to present the family’s diamond rose ring to pretty ingénue, Miss Sophie Fortescue – and to check into the background of this little-known family. Yet even as he uncovers a shocking secret, Octavian falls under Sophie’s spell…

Divided loyalties and dangerous revelations lead to a shocking transgression and eventually Theresa must make a choice that will change them all forever.
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Review by Suze
It's the beginning of the Twenties in New York. Theresa's husband hasn't paid her any attention for years and she's found herself a lover who's more than twenty years younger. Theresa is a socialite who has been able to teach her young captain a lot. Octavian wants her to leave her husband, but divorce isn't an option for a woman in Theresa's position. She's having fun with him, but she thinks they can never have more.
Theresa's brother Ox wants to get married to the lovely Sophie. Sophie is nineteen years old and is much younger than Ox. He loved his bachelor life, but thinks it's time to settle down. Theresa decides that Octavian is the perfect person to present Ox's ring and proposal to Sophie. There's an immediate spark between them, but spending time with her family means that Octavian starts to remember things and with that he opens a can of worms. Meanwhile Theresa makes a discovery of her own that isn't very pleasant. She has a choice to make to save herself. What will be the consequences of Octavian's actions for both Sophie and Theresa?
A Certain Age is a dazzling story set in the New York of the Roaring Twenties. Theresa is a rich woman with a prominent position. She's married to a man who loves his affairs and it's time to have some fun of her own. Only Octavian really loves her and wants to have a future together. Their age difference is huge and I loved the older woman with a younger man aspect. Theresa is a beautiful and powerful woman who isn't afraid to play games to get what she wants. Sophie is naïve and hasn't seen much of the world yet, but she has a type of power Theresa doesn't have and that's the power of youth. Octavian is caring and chivalrous and I instantly liked him. Ox is superficial and not very bright, so he mostly takes advice from his sister and doesn't think for himself much. Their lives are a whirlwind and the events that are being set in motion are intriguing. I couldn't wait to find out what the scandal would be and what would happen to the main characters because of it.
What I liked best about Beatriz Williams's writing is that she doesn't only tell her story with words, there are a lot of things that contribute to the atmosphere, even her pace is exactly right for the era she writes about. Her story is fast-paced and hypnotizing and her characters are all fantastic. The story alternates between Theresa and Sophie and their voices are very different. I really liked that Beatriz Williams uses their tone of voice, language and life experience to enhance the reader's experience of these two interesting women. They aren't flawless and they don't always make the right decisions, which makes them more fascinating to read about.
I loved A Certain Age. It's a unique, unusual story with a great theme and a perfect setting. I enjoyed reading about life in the Twenties, it's a time of change and possiblities, a decade of lust versus love. Beatriz Williams has written a story that sparkles, charms and mesmerizes. I absolutely loved this brilliant book.
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  1. Sounds like a nice read . Thanks for the review .

  2. Sounds very interesting :D I think I've never read anything set in the twenties :/ I might give it a try! Thank you :)

  3. This is a different type of book for me. For some reason it brings Gatsby to mind for me. I'll be looking for this one.

  4. I'm currently reading a couple of Mary Miles' mysteries, both set in this same era and thoroughly enjoying them, and, being of a 'certain age' myself this sounds like it could be one to go on my TBR list.

  5. Life in the 1920's was so different from our time! I just read a different book set in 1913 and 1923 (alternates back and forth) and I liked how it focused on the opulence of the upper crust's lifestyles.

  6. Sounds like a fantastic story with great characters and an amazing plot! I also love the fact that it's set in the 1920's which is a favourite era of mine!

  7. Sounds great. A woman fiction with a bit of mystery.

  8. I'm loving the sounds of this book! The plot, theme, setting, characters all sound interesting and yay for a 1920's era!!

  9. Thanks for posting! Great post! =)

  10. Loved the review! Sounds a really good one