Cocoa Beach: A Novel by Beatriz WilliamsCocoa Beach: A Novel by Beatriz Williams

Cocoa Beach: A Novel

byBeatriz Williams

Paperback | June 27, 2017 | Large Print

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The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach.

Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France. While an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, she meets a charismatic British army surgeon whose persistent charm opens her heart to the possibility of love. As the war rages, Virginia falls into a passionate affair with the dashing Captain Simon Fitzwilliam, only to discover that his past has its own dark secrets—secrets that will damage their eventual marriage and propel her back across the Atlantic to the sister and father she left behind.

Five years later, in the early days of Prohibition, the newly widowed Virginia Fitzwilliam arrives in the tropical boomtown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, to settle her husband’s estate. Despite the evidence, Virginia does not believe Simon perished in the fire that destroyed the seaside home he built for her and their young daughter. Separated from her husband since the early days of their marriage, the headstrong Virginia plans to uncover the truth, for the sake of the daughter Simon never met.

Simon’s brother and sister welcome her with open arms and introduce her to a dazzling new world of citrus groves, white beaches, bootleggers, and Prohibition agents. But Virginia senses a predatory presence lurking beneath the irresistible, hedonistic surface of this coastal oasis. The more she learns about Simon and his mysterious business interests, the more she fears that the dangers that surrounded Simon now threaten her and their daughter’s life as well.

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 husb...
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Title:Cocoa Beach: A NovelFormat:Paperback | Large PrintDimensions:608 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.22 inPublished:June 27, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062670794

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This is a great follow up to the previous book A Certain Age, although you don't need to read them in order. The book was fast-moving and surprising right to the end. I enjoy the pictures the author paints of the time periods in which she sets her novels.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting I am a fan of this authors, this book was interesting and confusing at the sometime never knowing what to believe of the various characters. The ending saved it for me and I am interested for the author's next book.
Date published: 2017-07-16

Editorial Reviews

“Williams has gained a solid reputation with readers for her gracefully written historical fiction, and COCOA BEACH is an excellent example of her ability to flawlessly marry a finely honed plot rich in unexpected twists and turns with a full cadre of richly nuanced characters, who will keep readers engaged from the book’s first page to its stunning conclusion. Readers who enjoy novels with a strong sense of place and time will especially savor William’s latest masterwork . . .”