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Beatriz Williams

Author of The Summer Wives

34+ Works 8,396 Members 610 Reviews 15 Favorited

About the Author

Beatriz Williams is a graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia. She is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, Along the Infinite Sea, A Certain Age, and The Summer Wives. (Bowker Author Biography)

Includes the name: Beatriz Williams

Also includes: Juliana Gray (1)

Series

Works by Beatriz Williams

The Summer Wives (2018) 864 copies
A Hundred Summers (2013) 817 copies
The Golden Hour (2019) 521 copies
The Forgotten Room (2016) 484 copies
A Certain Age (2016) 447 copies
The Glass Ocean (2018) 437 copies
Overseas (2012) 431 copies
Along the Infinite Sea (2015) 420 copies
All the Ways We Said Goodbye (2020) 391 copies
Our Woman in Moscow (2021) 367 copies
Her Last Flight (2020) 362 copies
Tiny Little Thing (2015) 353 copies
Cocoa Beach (2017) 310 copies
The Wicked City (2017) 279 copies

Associated Works

Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War (2016) — Contributor — 148 copies

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Other names
Gray, Juliana
Birthdate
1972
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Seattle, Washington, USA
Places of residence
Connecticut, USA
Education
Stanford University
Columbia University

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By complete coincidence I finished up this book on the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania which is the subject of this book. It's been more than 100 years since the Lusitania was torpedoed by German U-boats during World War I. Only about one-third of the people on board survived the sinking which resulted.

The book is written with three different female narrators. I presume, since there are three authors for the book, each one wrote one narrator's sections but I don't know that for sure. There are two accounts from women who were aboard the Lusitania, Caroline Telfair Hochstetter, wife of a rich merchant, and Tennessee Schaff, using the name of Tess Fairweather to pass as a British subject. The third account is that of Sarah Blake, a writer desperate for inspiration for a new book, who finds her sailor great-grandfather's possessions which were found on his body after the sinking. Sarah is convinced her great-grandfather was in contact with a British nobleman, Robert Langford, aboard the ship and she believes that his descendants may have items that will explain the relationship. She goes to London where Langford's great-grandson, John, is an MLA. Or he was. He resigned his seat just when Sarah arrived because his wife was seen leaving a Russian diplomat's house early one morning. Sarah manages to meet John who is being hounded by the police and she captures his attention enough that he invites her to the country manor in Devon where his great-grandfather's papers are store. Caroline and Tess's stories continue as the Lusitania crosses the Atlangic. Tess, daughter of a con artist, was a successful painter of fraudulent masterpieces has been convinced by her sister, Ginny, to carry out one last con job. Caroline is in possession of a piece of music that is an unpublished Strauss waltz and Ginny wants Tess to steal it and copy it. However, Tess is continually thwarted in her mission and quite often it is Robert Langford who shows up just when Tess is about to make her move. Caroline and Robert are long-time friends and on board the Lusitania they become more than just friends. Since Tess is also attracted to Robert there is a love triangle going on. And there are people collaborating with the German government on board so there are sub-plots galore. It is obvious from the beginning that Robert survives since he couldn't have offspring if he didn't and the reader also knows that he married someone from the ship. It's not clear until the end whether his wife is Caroline or Tess and I'm certainly not going to spoil that.

I found the three plots confusing at times and I think there wasn't as much editing as there might have been with just one author. Also, I only learned after finishing the book that there were many Canadians on board but I would never have known that from the writing of these American authors.
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gypsysmom | 35 other reviews | May 13, 2024 |
This was a fun, roaring 20's historical fiction, complete with scandals, murder, romance, fashion, and court scenes. I like Beatriz's writing--her characters as well as her often poetic descriptions and her command of English in general. I love authors who use words I don't hear every day.
And I loved the quotes she begins her chapters with so much that I had to look up the source, Helen Rowland. I discovered that she was an American journalist and humorist from 1875–1950. Wikipedia has a list of books she'd written, one of which was, "A Guide To Men: Being Encore Reflections of a Bachelor Girl (1922)" I decided that has to be the one the quotes were coming from, so looked it up in Project Gutenberg. And sure enough, the quote from chapter 2, "A fool and her money are soon courted" was located! Now I have to read this book too.
I looked The narrators, Mia Baron as an upper-crust, somewhat mature, socialite, Theresa; Barbara Goodson as a Gossip columnist; and Adrienne Rusk as a young Sophie all seem perfect for their parts. There may have been a times Adrienne read her character's sardonic questioning style, with the innocence of an actual question rather than the mild sarcastic flavor I think the author may have intended, but otherwise, I quite liked her narration.
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TraSea | 35 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
This one was a little hard to follow as an audiobook. It skips around chronologically and the chapters are named a bit generically by the year and a character name. My player only tells me how far into a chapter I am, not how far into the book, so if I lost my place and needed to go back, I had a dickens of a time figuring out where I'd left off. This also got confusing because it asks you to figure out who is who in terms of familial relationships. But in the end, I had all that figured out, liked the narrator, Kristin Kalbli, well enough, and had overall enjoyed the story.… (more)
 
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TraSea | 39 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
“Bravery is woven from all kinds of different fabric” (424).

The Cold War, espionage, estranged sisters: this book has it all—all of these different loose threads that end up tightly knitted together. It’s a dual timeline story between the 1940s and 1950s where the suspense built around the convergence of these two timelines is superb. Typically, with dual timeline styles, there’s usually one I’m more interested in. But not this one—I was equally engaged in both timelines, equally engaged with all characters. It’s completely captivating, reaching a perfect crescendo.… (more)
 
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