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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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Great Twists and Turns

Would you listen to Overseas again? Why?

Yes. This book was very enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Overseas?

The part when Kate was saying goodbye to Young Julian at the train station knowing she would never see either Julian again.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

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.

If you could rename Overseas, what would you call it?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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