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A Certain Age Paperback – 14 Jul 2016
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‘A world filled with elegance, charm, and bygone manners … No-one does it better than Beatriz' Jane Green
‘Full of wit, romance, and surprising twists’ Popsugar
Praise for Beatriz Williams:
‘Definitely worth squeezing into your hand luggage’ RED
‘Summer of 1938: A scandalous love triangle and a famous hurricane converge… a perfect storm.’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
‘A fantastic summer read’ HELLO
‘Delightful and rewarding from an author to watch’ WE LOVE THIS BOOK
‘Williams' historical masterpiece is an all-encompassing, period-perfect read.’ RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
‘[A] fast-paced love story…the scorching sun illuminates a friend’s betrayal and reignites a romance’ O, The Oprah Magazine
‘A candidate for this year's best beach read – the period story of a derailed love affair seen through a sequence of summers’ Kirkus Book Reviews
From the Back Cover
The bestselling author of a hundred summers brings the roaring twenties brilliantly to life in an enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, romance, and scandal in New York society
As the hedonism of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she's fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, an aviator and a hero of the Great War.
Though the battle-scarred Octavian is devoted to his dazzling socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her, Theresa resists. The old world is crumbling, but divorce for a woman of Theresa's wealth and social standing remains a high-stakes affair. And there is no need: she shares a gentle understanding with Sylvo, the well-bred philanderer to whom she's already married.
That is, until Theresa's impecunious bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with Miss Sophie Fortescue, the naive young daughter of a wealthy inventor. Theresa enlists Octavian to check into the background of the reclusive Fortescue family. When Octavian meets Sophie, he falls under the spell of the charming ingenue, even as he uncovers a devastating family secret.
As a fateful triangle forms, loyalties divide and old crimes are dragged into daylight, drawing Octavian into transgression . . . and Theresa into the jaws of a bittersweet choice.
Full of the glamour, wit, and delicious twists that are the hallmarks of Beatriz Williams's fiction, A Certain Age is a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss's comic opera Der Rosenkavalier set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby's New York.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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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.Read more ›
His ears are large and extend like a pair of wings from his old-fashioned whiskers, so that Sophie sometimes imagines he can actually hear her thoughts.
I don’t go in for soul-searching, for this modern passion of psychoanalysis. Examining every last detail of your childhood, every last itch in your subconscious. Generally speaking, the less I know about the contents of a person’s soul, the better I like him.
A Certain Age was enthralling, captivating, and smartly written. I became so involved in the story I heard Jazz music as well as the tinkling of ice cubes, the ringing of an old-fashioned phone, the striking of a match, and even sensed the faint smell their cigarette smoke. The story seamlessly flowed from omnipresent narrative to a sharper dual POV with intriguing and unique characters, who were not always likable but unfailingly fascinating. The writing was multi-layered, brilliantly crafted, meaty, densely packed, and lavishly detailed. I adore this talented author’s smart and snappy style, clever humor, and insightful observations and will be forever in her debt for introducing me to the ingenious stylings of Helen Rowland, whose amusing wit was used to start each new chapter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is the 1920s in New York and on the face of it beautiful socialite Mrs Theresa Williams has a perfect life. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Portybelle
I was rather disappointed with this book and I'm unlikely to recommend it but I'll pass it on.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer