Beatriz Williams
Along the Infinite Sea

Along the Infinite Sea

This was my first Williams novel about the sprawling Schuyler clan but it won't be my last. The author tracks the same characters through her loosely connected novels, which provides an interesting layer of interest but doesn't require the reader to read them in order. In this novel, Williams hones in on Pepper Schuyler, the spunky iconoclast who delights in rocking the boat and doesn't mind making her own path, which is how she ends up holed up in Palm Beach, restoring a very fancy, very expensive vintage Mercedes. The car brings another strong woman into her life: the mysterious Annabelle, who pays a fortune for the car because it's the one that carried her family to safety when they fled Nazi Germany thirty years prior. The sale is just the beginning of their relationship, and as the story unfolds we find out just what happened to Annabelle during WWII, and how Pepper is going to extricate herself from her own current mess.

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A Certain Age

A Certain Age

I'm a fan of Beatriz Williams. From the publisher: "Full of the glamour, wit and delicious twists that are the hallmarks of Beatriz Williams’ fiction and alternating between Sophie’s spirited voice and Theresa’s vibrant timbre, A Certain Age is a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby’s New York."

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The Wicked City

The Wicked City

I'm in the middle of this one. (The promo videos William recorded in Manhattan are SO FUN.) This is a great price on a newer release. From the publisher: "New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams recreates the New York City of A Certain Age in this deliciously spicy adventure that mixes past and present and centers on a Jazz Age love triangle involving a rugged Prohibition agent, a saucy redheaded flapper, and a debonair Princetonian from a wealthy family."

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A Hundred Summers

A Hundred Summers

From the publisher: "As the 1938 hurricane approaches Rhode Island, another storm brews in this New York Times bestseller from the author of The Secret Life of Violet Grant and Along the Infinite Sea. Lily Dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It's an escape not only from New York's social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer. But this summer is different. Budgie and Nick Greenwald—Lily's former best friend and former fiancé—have arrived, too, and Seaview's elite are abuzz. Under Budgie's glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing as a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic."

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Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach

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From the publisher: "The New York Times bestselling author transports readers to lush, lawless Prohibition-era Florida in this rich historical novel—an intricate blend of suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rum runners and scoundrels of a paradise far from home."

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The Summer Wives

The Summer Wives

A new historical novel with a vintage vibe from the author of A Hundred Summers. There are two kinds of people on Long Island Sound’s Winthrop Island: the summer residents with their patrician ways and old money, and the working class populated by domestic workers and Portugese fishermen. In the the summer of 1951, society girl Miranda Schuyler created a stir when she crossed the divide and got involved with the lighthouse keeper’s son. Too many of the island’s secrets came to light in the process, and the summer ended in tragedy. Twenty years later, Miranda, now a successful Shakespearean actress, finally returns to the island to right this old injustice. A story of islands both real and metaphorical, exiles, and one woman’s search for atonement.

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The Golden Hour: A Novel

The Golden Hour: A Novel

Book of the Month called this: "Lifestyles of the rich and famous—during WWII." If you're a fan of Susan Meissner, she praises Beatriz Williams, saying, "I adore a story that brims with deliciously delivered and sensory-rich settings like those in this book—the Bahamas, Germany, England, and Scotland. Plus, the little known details of Wallis Simpson and her abdicated king—whom fans of The Crown will remember—thoroughly intrigued me. This novel contains all the ingredients for a fascinating work of historical fiction, and it's penned by a gifted wordsmith. A tale of wartime courage, espionage, dashed dreams, renewed hopes, and the tightest bonds of love. My kind of read!"

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