Author: Beatriz Williams
Release Date: May 10, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
Kate Wilson is an analyst working at a prestigious Wall Street firm when she meets Julian Laurence, a notoriously private billionaire who also happens to be a client at Kate’s firm. Julian shows interest in Kate, which she can’t understand, but she doesn’t realize that’s just the beginning of the puzzles that are Julian. As she gets to know Julian, Kate sees that nothing is quite as it seems.
Overseas is a novel that has been compared to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander – a love story that deals with time travel. While it’s unclear whether Overseas will develop into a series, one thing is crystal clear: the book can stand on its own two feet, comparisons or not. It’s a beautiful story that’s as engaging as it is easy to read. Williams creates memorable characters in Julian and Kate, though it’s Kate’s voice that carries the reader through the novel and encourages them to keep reading.
What struck me most about Overseas was how compulsively readable it was. While I was immersed in it, nothing mattered. I didn’t have time to question the believability of the storyline or whether I liked Kate and Julian (which I did – I just didn’t have time to think about it while I was reading) – important questions, especially for a reviewer. But I was completely and utterly hooked on the story. Despite its length, if I’d had time, I would have devoured the book in one sitting. That’s how easy to read it was, and how badly I wanted to know what happened.
After I finished it, I of course, began to reflect on the novel, and I really did enjoy it. Williams has a way of sweeping the reader up with her words; this is escapism, pure and simple, and I loved that. The romance storyline didn’t appeal to me as much, though. I just thought Julian and Kate moved awfully fast, especially considering Kate knew next to nothing about Julian. I realize it’s romantic, though, which might be part of the reason I don’t read many romance novels.
The time travel aspect of Overseas was certainly interesting. Williams does give an explanation for it, though whether it’s plausible or not is for the reader to decide (I’ll admit I wasn’t fully convinced). That doesn’t really matter, though, because the novel isn’t about explanations or scientific happenings. Instead, it’s about these two people who love one another and brave all sorts of dangers to be together. If you can lose yourself in it and appreciate it for what it is, like I did, you’ll love immersing yourself in this absorbing read.