REVIEW by Heather: Overseas by Beatriz Williams – Release Date May 10th (@_shoe_girl_)

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 twenty-first-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.

I am not 100% sure how to go about writing this review.  While I loved the concept of time travel and the incredible romance between Kate and Julian that could withstand them being born in different centuries, there were a a couple things that I just didn’t like.  First, the beginning of the book I found incredibly boring (I HATE saying that….I hate giving unfavorable feedback…I feel incredibly guilty).  It took me FOUR days just to get past page 50.  I honestly don’t think I’d have finished the book, if I hadn’t committed to doing a review, but I did, so I kept reading.  Somewhere around chapter 7 or 8, it did pick up, and finally grab my attention.  The other thing I didn’t like was the length of the book.  I really feel like there were some unnecessary scenes or scenes that could have been a lot shorter and still would have gotten the point(s) across.

What DID I like?  The story itself.  It truly was a great story, and once I got “into” the book, I finished it quickly.  I liked all the characters (even the “bad” ones…Kate’s nemesis at work for example), the settings, and the way the time travel was written.  I’m not generally a fan of time travel novels/movies but it was done in a really interesting, {somewhat} believable way.  While this isn’t going to make it onto my “favorites” shelf, I’m glad I finished reading it, and I’ll most likely check out future books from Beatriz.

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Overall, I give Overseas 2.5 Heels.


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