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A Certain Age

characters A Certain Age ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Beatriz Williams ´ 0 read Ls 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 choiceFull 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 Yo. A Certain Ageby Beatriz WilliamsLet me begin by placing a few key phrases before youhedonism of the Jazz Age in New York CityCaptain Octavian Rofrano BOY honorable devoted war hero battle scarred paramour of the flamboyant Mrs Theresa MarshallMiss Sophie Fortescue naive charming ingenue advancing and retreating on the fringes of the Roaring 20 sAs a fateful triangle forms loyalties divide and old crimes are dragged into daylight drawing Octavian into transgressionand Theresa into the jaws of a bittersweet choicepublisher s noteThis is an excellent rendering of the jazz age in NYC and the colorful characters dabbling in conventional and forbidden pursuits45

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characters A Certain Age ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Beatriz Williams ´ 0 read Mes are changing and she does adore the Boy divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the uestion and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo her generous and well respected philanderer husbandBut 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 fal. I discovered Beatriz Williams work as I was about to fly abroad on vacation In my final misguided attempt to only travel with e books I promptly had a panic attack after clearing security and raced into the nearest airport bookstore to load up my carry on with paper copies I bought THE SECRET LIFE OF VIOLET GRANT on a whim because the premise intrigued me and devoured it while on the beach Addicted I then scoured the local bookstore for of her books which I fortunately foundIn A CERTAIN AGE Williams evokes the champagne shimmer and razor cut sophistication of post WWI 1920s Manhattan as the craze for bootleg liuor and freedom seeps into the calcified upper echelons of Fifth Avenue society Theresa Marshall lives a posh life in a long term marriage that has a time honored arrangement both she and her husband are conducting discreet mutually respectful affairs Though Theresa is a woman of a certain age wealth and prestige have cocooned her in unimpeachable bare backing beauty and she attracts the attention of the Boy aka Octavian a brooding former pilot whose heroic endeavors during the war have assisted him to bypass the rigid entry rules of the upper class landing him a helpful patron and stock broker job His sinewy physiue and tight lipped attitude prove irresistible to the intrepid Mrs Marshall who tries to set him up as her toy only to find herself falling uncontrollably and uncomfortably in love with himWhen Theresa s dissipated brother sets his sights on Sophie a seemingly naive heiress of new money Theresa dispatches her Boy to present her brother s marriage proposal in an old fashioned act of cavalier manipulation that will upend everyone s fragile existence Boy and Sophie discover unexpected rapport within a secret and the unsolved mystery of a murder unravels with startling conseuences for all involvedNarrated in the alternate POVs of Theresa and Sophie Beatriz Williams is at the top of her game here She evokes the intimate socially incestuous world of old New York and its clash with the burgeoning riches forged by middle class enterprise as well as the struggle toward feminist liberation within the framework of two very different women who must decide who they want to be in the waning glory of a certain age Sophie and Theresa mesmerize with their opposing views twin sides of the same coin that can never be fully reconciledSteeped in wit and glamour riddled with the fractures of a crumbling time and place A CERTAIN AGE is gloriously readable transcending the cliched boundaries of so called women s fiction

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characters A Certain Age ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Beatriz Williams ´ 0 read 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 charmAs 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 ti. 35 starsTelling lies is a fault in a boy an art in a lover an accomplishment in a bachelor and second nature in a married man Helen RowlandBeatriz William s newest novel A Certain Age is a loose reinterpretation of Richard Strauss s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier which was first performed in 1911 But Williams sets her twist of this story in New York during the roaring 20 s Williams explains in her author s note that the opera was meant to enact a struggle between old and new old money and new money physical maturity and youththe main plot being a rivalry between a beautiful young innocent and a lady of a certain age over the lady s much younger lover And her novel really showcases that especially taking place in the 1920 s where there was a ton of conflict between tradition and modernism The 20 s were a time of great change for the world as a whole but especially here in America Things that were unheard of just years ago are suddenly becoming the new normsuch as divorce and women working outside of the home The prohibition is going on hemlines are being raised automobiles are already clogging up traffic and returning soldiers are still struggling with memories of WW1 But Williams takes a bit of liberty with her retelling adding in the suspense of a murder mysteryThe novel opens with an article dated May 29th of 1922 of a woman reporting on the Trial of the Century The details aren t made clear right away as to who s on trial and what the crime was but we get snippets of the article s reports throughout the book The rest alternates between the POVs of Mrs Theresa Marshall our lady of a certain age and Miss Sophie Fortescue a sheltered daughter to a newly wealthy inventor Sophie lives with her father and her older sister Virginia along with Virginia s young daughter Evelyn Virginia s husband is very much absent in Florida trying to establish a life before he sends for his wife and daughter Their POV opens a bit earlier than the article on the second day of 1922 We meet Theresa s young lover Octavian Rofrano They met after he had just returned from the War where he was a pilotHe is twenty two years old my Boy and therefore a man in the eyes of his almighty Lord God and of the law He looks like a man all the now than when I first saw him That was the summer of 1920 a year and a half ago and he was a man in a boy s skin let me tell you a perfect pink cheeked Boyo young lips and old eyesOctavian wants nothing than for Theresa to divorce her husband and to bear him children and marry him He is thus far uite devoted to herA bachelor never uite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever Helen RowlandThen Theresa s brother Jay Oschner an infamous bachelor shocks everyone by proposing marriage at last To Miss Sophie Fortescue As an old family tradition though he proposes through a cavalier He goes to his dear sister to ask for her assistance in providing said suitable cavalier and she persuades Octavian to do it and to also check into the Fortescues since they seem to be a bit reclusive Ever since Eve started it all by offering Adam the apple woman s punishment has been to supply a man with food and then suffer the conseuences when it disagrees with him Helen RowlandWhen Octavian and Sophie meet there seems to be an instant connection between the two Loyalties are split as a triangle of a sort forms Octavian also happens to discover a secret that members of the Fortescue family have been hiding and the revelations are soon to come to light very publiclyBefore marriage a man declares that he would lay down his life to serve you after marriage he won t even lay down his newspaper to talk to you Helen RowlandAnd throughout the novel at the beginning of each new chapter we have a great uote from Helen Rowland who Williams mentioned in her author s note was a journalist who wrote a popular column called Reflections of a Bachelor Girl a century ago I completely agree with Williams observation that her uotes are an interesting insight into the changing social times at the turn of the century but it s funny how a lot of her wisdom still holds true todayThis one kept me guessing until the very end too I didn t see the twist coming until it was right before me and I was a bit surprised at the ending of this book I was left unsatisfied with Virginia s endingbut am hoping that maybe Williams purposely left it that way as a set up for a future bookmuch in the same way she set up her series about the Schuyler sistersAnd speaking of the Schuyler sOne of the things that I love about Williams books are that we see familiar characters from previous books in each one This is no exception In this book we get to see Julie Schuyler who has been a constant in every book I ve read by Williams but not as the grand older woman that we know and love In this glimpse of Julie she s in her early twenties and living life to the fullest It was so fun to get that glimpse of her so different than what I m used to when envisioning her character And she s not the only familiar one we get a glimpse ofOf the character s in this book Theresa was my favorite by far Through her reminiscing we get the story of how she and Octavian met and started their love affair along with her life before he came along Her choice at the end really surprised me and I would love to see of her in future booksI couldn t connect with Sophie muchshe s portrayed as this innocent young girl green to the ways of the world but she came across as much different than that most of the time I didn t really sense any chemistry between her and Octavian their relationship just seemed too sudden and a bit forcedI adored the setting having not read a lot of fiction set in the 1920 s Williams still remains one of my favorite authors and I hope she s already at work on her next book

  • Paperback
  • 352
  • A Certain Age
  • Beatriz Williams
  • English
  • 17 May 2018
  • 9780062404961

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    EBOOK / PDF [A Certain Age] Beatriz Williams ´ 0 read characters ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Beatriz Williams When the girls admire him a young man takes it as a matter of course; but when a widow selects him for her attention he thrills with the knowledge that he is being stamped with the approval of a connoisseur Helen RowlandWell Mrs Theresa Marshal 44 is no widow She shares a 5th Avenue residence and a lovely place in Southampton with her very much alive husband Sylvester Octavian Rofrano the 22 year old she often refers to as Boyo ma

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    Beatriz Williams ´ 0 read EBOOK / PDF [A Certain Age] 35 Stars Entertaining but not as riveting as the other books by Beatriz Williams that I've read I didn't really connect with the characters I would have enjoyed it if the main story had been about the murder mystery but overall I liked A Certain Age and Beatriz Williams continues be a favorite author of mine

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    EBOOK / PDF [A Certain Age] 35 starsTelling lies is a fault in a boy a

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    Beatriz Williams ´ 0 read characters ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Beatriz Williams EBOOK / PDF [A Certain Age] If you know anything about me by now it is that I have drank of the Beatriz Williams Kool Aid Williams has a magical way of transporting you to the defining times of our nation's history by creating characters that deftly tell a story that not only encompasses the culture of that era but also subtly reveals what it meant

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    EBOOK / PDF [A Certain Age] Beatriz Williams ´ 0 read free read A Certain Age I discovered Beatriz Williams' work as I was about to fly abroad on vacation In my final misguided attempt to only travel with e books I promptly had a panic attack after clearing security and raced into the nearest airport bookstore to load up my carry on with paper copies I bought THE SECRET LIFE OF VIOLET GRANT on a whim because the pre

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    EBOOK / PDF [A Certain Age] Well this is a cool little number from Ms Beatriz Williams a snazzy author I just rediscovered I've read One Hundred Summers but this novel about the 1920's jazz age and everything we hoped went with it held my attention so much bet

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    Beatriz Williams ´ 0 read characters ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Beatriz Williams EBOOK / PDF [A Certain Age] A Certain Ageby Beatriz WilliamsLet me begin by placing a few key phrases before youhedonism of the Jazz Age in New York CityCaptain

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    EBOOK / PDF [A Certain Age] I am always fascinated by well written books that take place during the 1920’s It was an exceptional time between two wars prohibition the old guard and the new struggling to find a way to share the same space Beatriz Williams’ book exemplifies those times and struggles – and in a way that is so real it is almost painful at times There was a point where I almost couldn’t bear the fact that some people in this s

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    EBOOK / PDF [A Certain Age] A Certain Age was a “ok” read and I kept getting lost in parts of the story I felt like i skimmed through a lot of the sections because i was losing interest For that reason I’m giving it 2 stars Oh well

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    EBOOK / PDF [A Certain Age] characters ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Beatriz Williams Beatriz Williams ´ 0 read Falling in love with a younger man while you are still married and then having a younger woman come along wasn't the best thing to happen to Mrs Theresa MarshallA CERTAIN AGE began with an excerpt from a murder trial then moved to alternating chapters and told of the life of high society and how they adapted social protocol to whatever they wantedWe follow Mrs Marshall Mr Marshall Captain Rofrano and Miss Fort

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