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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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Good except for the voices

Unfortunately the voice of Virginia was a bit difficult to listen to, as it was to pristine and perfect. I have not liked this series near as much as Beatriz Williams other books. The characters are not very likeable. I miss the witty characters from her previous books. I still wanted to know what happened in the end. I feel like there are a few loose ends that were tied up.

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Great narrators, long-winded story

The two narrators did a fabulous job adding excitement through their voices into the boring and long-winded first 3/4 of the story. I only wish the whole thing was as good as the last 18 minutes.

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Disappointing

First I didn't like the female narrator of this audible. Her voice was a bit annoying. While I love most of Beatriz Williams books this one was too much of a thriller and too violent. The author dragged this story out with too many words and for far too long.

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Loved the book. Very good read.

Enjoyed this book very much
Hated to see it end
I found it to be well written. Listened to it twice!

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  • elizabeth
  • DELAWARE, OH, United States
  • 10-19-17

Not her best

I’ve lived other Beatriz Williams books, but this was NOT her best! I’m not sure if it was the story or the narrators. I think it could have been better with somebody else narrating!

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Boring

I usually love Beatriz Williams but this book was really boring. I couldn't even finish.

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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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Not as good as the rest

I've loved all of Beatriz William's other books but I couldn't wait for this one to be over. It was slow and all over the place. There were too many time changes that were so close together it got confusing. I've never really had that problem before. Even when I've read similar reviews for other books I didn't understand what they were talking about. This one made me understand why others get so frustrated with the back and forth in time! The main character, Virginia, was so weak and fragile I almost didn't care what happened to her. The narrator of this one didn't help either. There were also a few undeveloped characters that felt like they were thrown in just so that they could be brought up again in the next book. I look forward to Beatriz William's next book but I hope that is as good as all of her previous ones have been!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful