A passionate, sweeping novel of a love that transcends time.
When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college?
The answer is beyond imagining - at least at first. Kate and Julian’s story may have begun not in the moneyed world of 21st-century Manhattan but in France during World War I, when a mysterious American woman emerged from the shadows of the Western Front to save the life of Captain Julian Laurence Ashford, a celebrated war poet and infantry officer.
Now, in modern-day New York, Kate and Julian must protect themselves from the secrets of the past, and trust in a true love that transcends time and space.
©2012 Beatriz Williams (P)2012 Penguin
The story was well written although, to my mind, it could have been edited a little more tightly. It is a good story, has an interesting 'take' on time travel and let me completely ignore the unreality of the story, from time travel to ending.
All that said, I don't think I'd have found the book nearly as interesting without the AMAZING talent of Ms LaVoy. Her delivery was, to my ears, flawless. Pacing was excellent, differentiation of voices was skillfull and absolute, and she does a fantastic job with accents. Even the parts that dragged were tolerable with the absolutely believable delivery.
The book has its hair-raising parts and some suspense and confusion but nothing that made Wussy-me want to either put the book aside or skip through parts. Those of you who are not fond of thrillers will know what I mean and can feel safe cozying up to this book.
While I probably will not reread this book, it was absolutely worth doing the first time, and definitely worth the credit.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
I was so excited to listen to this audio as I believed it would be just as good as the "The Time Traveler's Wife" and "Outlander." It wasn't. There is no comparison. I loved both and Overseas was a major disappointment.
Overseas is totally ridiculous and as someone who loves hot cheese, I can confidently write that this was TOTALLY ridiculous. There was nothing cheesy fun about this audio and there is nothing interesting about the main characters. In fact, I wanted them to go away and die on Wall Street. Seriously. I labored to finish this audio. I hated it. The main characters are flat and boring and perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Boring!!!!
I wanted to love this book. I wanted to "get" this book but it was so flat with zero character development. It was all very juvenile. The story is super mushy with some pretty bad dialogue. The only thing interesting about this audio is that they time travel. I tried, and I tried and this book wasn't for me. Overseas? Meh..
Going with my new policy to force myself through every book I purchase, I finally finished this one. It is a somewhat interesting, very cheesy romance that repeated the same flowery phrases over and over until I knew them by heart. The main reason I could listen to this inane story was the narrator was really, really good. I would listen to other works by her if not by the same author.
I used my credit because of a glowing review from another listener. I have gotten half way and just cannot force myself to listen to the rest. I always believe in giving books a chance because some start slowly. I thought I had reached that point with this book but it never happened. I am not engaged in the story and I don't even want to know what happens in the end.
I found the writing "simple" and as one of the other reviewers mentioned, I very quickly got tired of "darling , love, beloved, sweetheart....
As to the performance, I have to give Ms Williams credit for being able to read this book.
If you loved The Time Travelers Wife, A Discovery of Witches or any of the books in the amazing Outlander series, then this book is right up your alley.
Nobody does this genre (historical fiction/romance) better than Diana Gabaldon, but Overseas has all the elements of good chick-lit--love, a little danger and some time travel thrown in--to make this a great way to pass the time while traveling or mindless housekeeping.
Julian first met Kate in 1916 when he was just 20 years old. Kate first meets Julian in 2008, when he's 33. How is this possible? Well, it's light on a sound explanation, but the journey of their relationship is sweet and he's kinda swoon-worthy in his devotion to her. Kate's character is a bit undeveloped--she's supposed to be really well read, smart, independent, and pretty, but why would she not be weary of her work rival when she was suddenly so nice to her or jump to conclusions at the word of a man who is a danger to her and Julian (don't want to spoil) Sometimes she reads like a college kid and other times, she reads like a worldly 40 year old--so yeah...she's a bit uneven.
There are also a lot of long, wordy declarations of affection to one another that are kind of annoying and cheesy. January LaVoy does a decent job with the narration. Her English men all sound the same and she makes side character, Charlie, sound like the worst kind of frat boy, but none of them see a lot of page time, so it's not that bad. All in all, I enjoyed it!
God awful redundancy...How many times did the hero say"Beloved" or"Sweetheart" or variations of the same! The plot was passable but I felt like author was grinding it into the ground, rehashing what had happened, especially at the end. I don't know what possessed me to finish the book! Happy to be moving on to a well written book.
The protagonist was annoyingly naive and rather adolescent. Her beau or Prince Charming was unrealistically perfect and often too predictable.
I liked her.
Recommended for anyone whose head is in the clouds.
I was expecting a time travel book, similar to Gabaldon's Outlander series. This book has an interesting premise and time period, but there is so little plot that the book is boring!!! I think 80% of the dialogue is one of the main characters saying how he/she loves the other one. Over and over. And over. For no reason the plot supports.
January LaVoy did a great job with the voices and the reading. It's hardly her fault that the characters had nothing interesting to say.
Don't waste your credit.
Though I'm normally not a fan of time travel concepts I decided to pick this up due to a review. Overall the blending of the current and the past store lines were well done in my opinion and very interesting. The author did a great job of giving just enough to keep the reader guessing as to what exactly was going on while providing a smooth continual flow of the relationship developing within the current timeline. The writing style worked well to keep the story fresh and interesting.
I will say that towards the last half of the story Kate became a bit annoying. Though I'm sure not intentional, January (narrator) influenced this as she did a great job of expressing Kate's emotions. Don't take this wrong - January did a great job as narrator and I hope to see/hear her in future works. My feelings of annoyance link directly to Kate and her reactions to situations that I feel go into overboard status. Additionally I feel that as a character Kate was in constant argumentative mode at that stage of the story.
Overall the story is interesting and did not have a predictable ending as I thought it would. Kudos to the author for her style of blending and creative touch to making this an interesting story.
Listen if you want romance. Do not listen if you want historical fiction, sci fi, or insights into modern Wall Street. Other than a couple of sentences stuffed with financial buzz words, this writer demonstrates no knowledge of the workings of Wall Street. It seems that she picked it as a backdrop because Wall Street has been in the news over the past few years. She could grab on to some stereotypical characters but it lacks the support of knowing the subject matter. It is 100% romance. I try to avoid Chick Lit at any cost unless it delivers the well-constructed grounding in history and Sci Fi that Diana Gabaldon has mastered.
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