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Overseas

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Penny 08-08-12
    Penny 08-08-12
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    "you have to love romance to love this book!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I HAVE TO SAY: NO. Way too romantic for me. Don't make men like Julian! I was glad when this was over. I purchased this book because it was a time-travel book.


    Would you recommend Overseas to your friends? Why or why not?

    No---my friends would shudder!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Modern Kate" was a hoot! She ran Julian around like no tomorrow!
    Sex scenes were just graphic enough!


    Did Overseas inspire you to do anything?

    Yes indeed---buy something gritty!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A Serious Reader Houston, TX United States 07-31-12
    A Serious Reader Houston, TX United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't be fooled by the description!"

    I will never write a review without reading the book completely. I so badly wanted to write this review that I forced my self (painfully) to finish. I wish I had the time back and that I do not have my rule about completion before review. The story is sappy and tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 07-30-12
    Debra 07-30-12
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    "Entertaining time travel ~ not Diana Gabaldon"

    Overseas was the book club choice because one of our members (a published author) knew Beatriz Williams. Several of us enjoyed the story because it was entertaining - what woman can't appreciate a gorgeous billionaire being in love with her & only her & always her? Some members wanted more of an explanation about "how". When love is involved, the "hows" can't always be explained...nor do they matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jensen D 07-25-12
    Jensen D 07-25-12 Member Since 2010

    DCJ14

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    "Just ok"
    Would you try another book from Beatriz Williams and/or January LaVoy?

    The plot wasn't the page turner that I thought it would be. Both characters thought it would be better to keep a major component of the truth from the other even knowing it could change the events. That's far too implausible for me.


    What could Beatriz Williams have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The sub-plot was better than the overarching one. Add more connectivity to the company as the story goes on. More time in the past would have helped too.


    Did January LaVoy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She had excellent accents although the professor sounded like a hick instead of a scholar.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    There were way too many scenes of the main characters talking about how much they loved each other. The book didn't present enough conflict for me to wonder if they would end up together. When poorly explained time travel and a villian you can see coming from a mile away are the only foils to the love story, I am bored.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Eau claire, WI, United States 07-01-12
    Jennifer Eau claire, WI, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "ugh, may not be able to finish it"

    Boring, taking forever to get to any real plot. Trying to decide if I will even listen to the last part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E Bowie, MD, United States 06-17-12
    E Bowie, MD, United States 06-17-12

    I smile at books more than I smile at people. Unknown

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    "SUGARY SWEET"
    What did you love best about Overseas?

    I'm a romance novel junkie and this book did not disappoint. As a matter fact it was so sugary sweet that I had a tootheache by the last 5 hours of the book. Julian Ashford is the most perfect man in the entire world. He is physically appealing, protective, has a great sense of humor, apologizes when he is wrong, is a sexual dynamo and the cherry on top is that he's a billionaire. What can be better than this?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Overseas?

    There's nothing spectacular about this book. For anyone who loves sugary sweet romance with a bit of time travel, this would be right up your alley. But honestly, as I digest this book I'm forced to admit that there is no singular part that stands out. Or that will remain with me. It's all pretty unforgettable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have a favority scene


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 06-08-12
    Lee 06-08-12 Member Since 2009

    The best way to read.

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    "A Wonderful Suprise!"
    What made the experience of listening to Overseas the most enjoyable?

    The concept of people's lives colliding. The way Julian loves Kate. The way Julian is so honorable despite his life in modern times. It is always fun to share in two people falling in love. The story is unpredictable, and just when you think all is lost, you find it may not be. Everything that happens has a reason, the reader is not aware.


    What other book might you compare Overseas to and why?

    Outlander and The Rose Garden. The concept is similar, but this book has its own character. The notion that lives can/will be affected through time travel and the special bonds that are formed.


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job. Kate seems to have been a bit more dramatic tham I would have thought if read on paper, but the performance was true to the character and appropriate. The other characters were all distinct and very well done. She was great to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was near tears when I thought something happened to Julian and when the couple is at the train station. Otherwise, there were many ups and downs in the story that caused varying emotional reactions for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that I would normally pass over, but the praise in the reviews made me think twice and I can say I am glad I listened to them and to the book. It is a very entertaining listen and well worth a credit and your time. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 06-04-12
    Kathleen 06-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A Vettriano painting in print"

    The love story was lyrical and magical; the narration by January LaVoy was handled with great style. I loved the romance, but the underlying plot and character growth was not as strong as I would have liked. Beatriz Williams has great potential as an author - hopefully we will have a chance to watch her style grow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. 06-20-12
    L.W. 06-20-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Hype didn't meet up to the story for me."

    There were so many rave reviews I looked forward to this book. I had trouble from the beginning...I have a hard time wrapping my brain around time travel. I became accustomed to that. I love a good romance but this one became just sappy to me. But it has more story than some of the other books I have purchased. So I think you can enjoy this story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A less eloquent Outlander... sort of."

    For those of you out there who've read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, you'll notice that Overseas is very similar. Like really, really similar. So similar that I truly hope Ms. Williams didn't know of Outlander's existence, because the two share (basically) the same premise, plot, and characters.

    Only Overseas is both less educational and less well written.

    Don't get me wrong, my hormones greatly enjoyed both books, but...

    Overseas, though endearing, is nothing to moon over. And it's so freakishly similar to Outlander in so many ways...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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