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
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.
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.
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.
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.
She had excellent accents although the professor sounded like a hick instead of a scholar.
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.
Boring, taking forever to get to any real plot. Trying to decide if I will even listen to the last part.
I smile at books more than I smile at people. Unknown
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?
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.
I don't have a favority scene
The best way to read.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Yes. This book was very enjoyable.
The part when Kate was saying goodbye to Young Julian at the train station knowing she would never see either Julian again.
The reader kept up with the pace of the book just fine. And I appreciate the number of male characters that she had to deal with. I just felt that Julians voice didn't fit the image that I had of him.
While "Overseas" was the name of the poem, it was hard to relate to the actual story. I am however, unable to come up with a better name.
There seems to be a common theme in the last couple of novels I have read. A girl meeting a man who is wealthy, with lots of secrets, a paranoid fear for the girls safety for reasons he doesnt explain. He likes expensive cars (which is rational), has a handy IPOD to plug in with classical music and is an accomplished pianist. And she accidently gets pregnant.
I think this one is the better of the two with a storyline that keeps you hooked without the detailed sex scenes.
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