Book Review: A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams

Title:  A Certain Age
Authors: Beatriz Williams
Publisher: William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins
Release Date:  January 3, 2017 (Paperback)
Genre: Historical Fiction

The bestselling author of A Hundred Summers brings the Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in this enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, romance, and scandal in New York Society, brimming with lush atmosphere, striking characters, and irresistible charm.

As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. An intense and deeply honorable man, Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband.

But their relationship subtly shifts when her bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the sweet younger daughter of a newly wealthy inventor. Engaging a longstanding family tradition, Theresa enlists the Boy to act as her brother’s cavalier, presenting the family’s diamond rose ring to Ox’s intended, Miss Sophie Fortescue—and to check into the background of the little-known Fortescue family. When Octavian meets Sophie, he falls under the spell of the pretty ingénue, even as he uncovers a shocking family secret. As the love triangle of Theresa, Octavian, and Sophie progresses, it transforms into a saga of divided loyalties, dangerous revelations, and surprising twists that will lead to a shocking transgression . . . and eventually force Theresa to make a bittersweet choice.

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.

A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams brings the vibrant setting of the Roaring Twenties to life. It's a colorful, engaging and seductive period with its parties, music and social class distinctions. It's a fascinating time, and in this book, we are being immersed in the minds of two ladies of a certain age, mainly Theresa, and then Sophie. Theresa's point of view seems more in depth and definitely the emotional charge of A Certain Age, whereas Sophie's seems disconnected. Theresa's character personality is much more interesting, shall we say and that might have something to do with why her point intrigued me more. Sophie's naivete, along with always getting what she wants in time annoys me a bit.

A story of the conforming versus the rebel, one of acceptance of society's standards, and the other meant to leave behind and create her own. It's amazing how we see the difference, extreme and yet unapologetic in it's execution, which makes it the more interesting. The one aspect of the mystery does seem to be haphazardly thrown in, not connecting on the poignant and profound level as the writing suggests. In all, a story worth exploring if you're a fan of history and a story of coming of age back in the day.

For my clean readers, please note there are some intimacy in this book. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons, before her career as a writer took off. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore.

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  1. The 1920s must have been a fascinating age to live in ... such a big change from the horror of the Great War just a few years before.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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