Tuesday, May 22, 2018

What Scintillating Tales Can Beatriz Williams Tell?

It would not be summer reading if I did not include at least one book by Beatriz Williams.  A Certain Age is part of a series of novels that are set in the 1920s.  It is full of scandal, adultery, and a murder. Oh! My!  What could happen next?  Include an independently minded woman who wants to shape her own destiny.    Let the tale begin!


It is the trial of the century; Mr. Fortescue is on trial for the murder of his wife. Why now?  Let me tell you a story it begins with Mrs. Theresa Marshall sneaking away with her latest boy toy Octavian when her brother finds her, and declares that he is in love with Sophie Fortescue.  He needs his sister Theresa to find someone to be his messenger with the marriage proposal.   This messenger Octavian completes his task but finds there is more to Sophie Fortescue than meets the eye.  When Theresa asks him to investigate Sophie and her family what will he find?  Will Sophie forgive him for the result of his investigation?  Who murdered Sophie’s mother?

My Thoughts:

I loved the story!  I loved Ms. Williams’s attention to detail of the 1920s period.  This story could have been an actual event that took place in history.  I learned a lot more about the Fortescue family in this novel because I read Cocoa Beach prior to A Certain Age. There is much complexity and depth in the characters of Theresa, Sophie, and Octavian.   The pace flagged a little in the middle but the audio narration made it worth it.   Readers will love stepping back in time with this novel. 

I look forward to Beatriz’s next novel!



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