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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of A Certain Age transports listeners 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.

©2017 Beatriz Williams (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • J. Jones
  • Yorba Linda, California United States
  • 08-23-17

Whelp. I dunno.

Excellent narration but I admit to being lost at times by the story (I employed the back button A LOT). And I have no clue about the ending. So ... yeah. Entertaining, yes; a good mystery, yes; interesting characters, yes. But I'm left with so.many.questions that I cannot say I enjoyed it. Your mileage may vary.

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Take me away for the summer

What made the experience of listening to Cocoa Beach the most enjoyable?

I could feel the humidity of Florida and smell the salt of the Atlantic ocean. It made me homesick.

Would you be willing to try another book from Beatriz Williams? Why or why not?

I've read all her books to date and love the time period and women who represent the time period so well with strength and courage. Gentle writing for summer or when you need to read something to get you back into the groove for more challenging works.

Which character – as performed by Eva Kaminsky and Alex Wyndham – was your favorite?

Eva.

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

Yes with great food in the fridge.

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Intriguing story

Where does Cocoa Beach rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among Beatriz Williams' books I'd rank it below Along the Infinite Sea and The Secret Life of Violet Grant; however, it is a solid novel and well written. Her books have been among the best I've listened to in the past year.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cocoa Beach?

Beatriz Williams weaves a story with detail and description that is captivating

Would you be willing to try another one of Eva Kaminsky and Alex Wyndham ’s performances?

Did NOT care for the narration. The female narration was a main detraction from the story. The voice of the main female character became almost unlikeable and unrelatable. I may read the book to experience story-will not listen to it again.

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Loved the characters

Intriguing and enjoyable story. One of my favorite audiobooks. Wish the author had explained the father aspect.

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Blah

So disappointed by this Beatriz Williams when I usually LOVE her books. None of her usual flare for storytelling. Bland characters, slow storyline and the final twist was just thrown out with no lead up. If I had the chance to go back, I'd pass on this one.

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unexpected surprise

I normally listen to mysteries and science fiction, very rarely dramatic novels. I honestly chose the book because of the time period and the cover. however, I found myself so engulfed in the story that i finished it over the weekend. The characters are interesting and there are just enough surprises to be exciting. I'll be starting another book by this author next weekend.

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Great Book

I really enjoyed the plot twists and historical details. The narrator for this book is excellent. I will definitely listen to this one a second time.

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Great summer read full of twists

This is the perfect summer read. It has it all: history, mystery, thriller and romance. Great narrators who bring the characters to life.

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Amazing listen!

Absolutely recommend this book. Kept me engaged throughout! Narration was great and it’s a must listen!

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A lot to like and a lot to dislike

I think my main issue with this was the narrator. She did a good job with the European accents but her main voice was supposed to be American, but was clearly not. Maybe I'm nitpicky but listening to her voice for 14 hours was just a bit much.

Another thing that drove me crazy was how Virginia was portrayed, in that every time she had a conversation with someone all she did was repeat back the other person's words. Constantly. Coupled with the narrator's voice, I started to get annoyed pretty early on.

However, it's an interesting enough story. I absolutely love the Florida setting. There was enough mystery to keep me coming back. I did want to know how the story ended up.