COCOA BEACH by Beatriz Williams
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: This book has a compelling tale with equal parts historical fiction, family saga, and suspense.
Good historical fiction will transport you to a time and place that cannot be experienced except in books. It gives you a human connection to something that seems so far away. COCOA BEACH is one of those stories that does just that.
What I loved the most about this book is the slow reveal of mystery behind Virginia’s story. The author seamlessly blends together the emotional reactions the characters have, the twists that are thrown at them, and essence of what it was like in the early days of Prohibition. I really enjoyed the spunk and strength of Virginia’s character juxtaposed with her struggles and insecurities. She read as such a realistic character to me, that I instantly identified with her.
I have read a few books by Beatriz Williams at this point, but I have to say that this one was the best to date. The intrigue combined with the personalities of the characters made COCOA BEACH stand out among all the rest.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach.
Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France. While an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, she meets a charismatic British army surgeon whose persistent charm opens her heart to the possibility of love. As the war rages, Virginia falls into a passionate affair with the dashing Captain Simon Fitzwilliam, only to discover that his past has its own dark secrets—secrets that will damage their eventual marriage and propel her back across the Atlantic to the sister and father she left behind.
Five years later, in the early days of Prohibition, the newly widowed Virginia Fitzwilliam arrives in the tropical boomtown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, to settle her husband’s estate. Despite the evidence, Virginia does not believe Simon perished in the fire that destroyed the seaside home he built for her and their young daughter. Separated from her husband since the early days of their marriage, the headstrong Virginia plans to uncover the truth, for the sake of the daughter Simon never met.
Simon’s brother and sister welcome her with open arms and introduce her to a dazzling new world of citrus groves, white beaches, bootleggers, and Prohibition agents. But Virginia senses a predatory presence lurking beneath the irresistible, hedonistic surface of this coastal oasis. The more she learns about Simon and his mysterious business interests, the more she fears that the dangers that surrounded Simon now threaten her and their daughter’s life as well.
About the Author: Beatriz Williams is the New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, Along the Infinite Sea, A Certain Age, and several other works of historical fiction. A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, Beatriz worked as a communications and corporate strategy consultant in New York and London before she turned her attention to writing novels that combine her passion for history with an obsessive devotion to voice and characterization. Beatriz’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and appear regularly in bestseller lists around the world. Born in Seattle, Washington, Beatriz now lives near the Connecticut shore with her husband and four children, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (June 27, 2017)
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