The Newtown Bookshop is thrilled to welcome Beatriz Williams back to the Free Library of Northampton Township on July 11th at 7:00pm! Beatriz will be featuring her new novel "Cocoa Beach".
The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an intricate blend of suspense, betrayal, love, and redemption set among the rum runners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach
No other writer creates historical fiction like Beatriz Williams. “[E]legantly written” (Shelf Awareness) with “a flavor of Daphne du Maurier,” (Kirkus), “intelligent, riveting reading and historical drama at its best” (RT Book Reviews), Williams’ novels combine authentic voice, strong female characters, psychological complexity, and extraordinary storytelling technique to recreate the twentieth century with remarkable clarity and emotional impact. Williams writes the quintessential immersive summer read, and COCOA BEACH (out 6/27/17) is her best yet.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
France, 1917. Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue journeys overseas with the Red Cross to escape her claustrophobic home in New York City. While driving an ambulance across the battlefields of France, she meets a brilliant, charismatic British army surgeon and falls into a passionate affair. But Captain Simon Fitzwilliam’s charm disguises a bleak past of his own, and as the war draws to its close, Virginia is forced to make a terrifying choice for herself and their unborn child.
Florida, 1922. Newly widowed Virginia Fitzwilliam arrives in the tropical boomtown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, to settle her estranged husband’s estate, and discovers a dazzling new world of citrus groves, white beaches, and rumrunners. Simon’s brother and sister welcome her with open arms, but Virginia senses a predatory presence lurking beneath the hedonistic surface of the coastal oasis. The more she learns about Simon’s life in Florida, the more she fears that the uncanny circumstances of his demise point to a sinister agency, and that her life as well as their daughter’s may lie next in its crosshairs…
Brilliantly written, suspenseful, and infused with evocative historical detail, COCOA BEACH is that rare summer read that satisfies on all levels: a rich, smart, heart-stopping literary experience.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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