Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach

eBook - 2017
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Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France. Driving an ambulance 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'd 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. 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 surrounding Simon now threaten her and their daughter's life as well.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062405005
0062405004
0062404989
9780062404985
Characteristics: 1 online resource (376 pages)

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geniegu859
Sep 15, 2017

Beatrice Williams never disappoints. Her novels are always a riveting tale of adventure, intrigue, romance and deception. All this and a historical element makes it a fasinating read.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Aug 26, 2017

Very intriguing book. I loved discovering that Maitland was once owned by the author's in-law's family. The nod to the book's superb editor was well-earned and deserved.

Who is the good guy? Who is the bad guy? The author kept me guessing through intricately-woven plot twists and purposeful flashbacks.

Spoiler alert: It won't do you any good to cheat and read the last few pages. The letter that begins on page 330 drops a few hints, but there will still be surprises.

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marthabwaters
Jun 21, 2017

Beatriz Williams writes A+ beach books, and this is probably my favorite of hers that she's written in a couple of years. It's more deliberately a mystery than most of her previous work (her books usually have some sort of twist, but they don't feel like they're written so deliberately to confuse as this one clearly was) -- I kind of gave myself a headache trying to figure out what, exactly, was happening. (And I was wrong, so it was wasted effort.) It ties in nicely to both last summer's A Certain Age and January's The Wicked City -- while reading those books is not a prerequisite to reading this, I think it would certainly increase readers' enjoyment. If you're looking for something glamorous and fast-paced and hard to put down to keep you entertained on the beach this summer, this is an excellent choice.

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