Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams

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 Marshall.

A 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 wanted.

We follow Mrs. Marshall, Mr. Marshall, Captain Rofrano, and Miss Fortescue in the scandalous antics they were all involved in. Decisions had to be made and​​ Sophie Fortescue had the most difficult decision, even though her father was the one that would be making the decision about who she was to marry.


Ms. Williams again perfectly portrays the time period and how women in wealthy families really didn't have a choice about choosing their spouse. After the marriage proposal was made, an investigation into the Fortescue family adds another layer to the book. The Fortescues are not who they say they are, and a house that Mr. Rofrano grew up in was part of their secret.

Once the secret was revealed and Sophie Fortescue was more outspoken, the book heated up with an ending that was oh so good with an unexpected twist.  

I enjoyed the characters, but Mrs. Marshall and Mr. Fortescue were my least favorites.  Mr. Fortescue was too controlling, and Mrs. Marshall was too sneaky for me.

A CERTAIN AGE was beautifully written as all of Ms. Williams’ books even though it took me a while to get connected, but it was still enjoyable.

The book's cover is stunning, and the book is patterned after an opera titled Der Rosenkavalie.  

ENJOY if you read A CERTAIN AGE.  4/5 

17 comments:

  1. Don't you just love Ms. Williams' books?

    ENJOY if you read this book or any of her books.

    Thanks for stopping.

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    1. All of her books are awesome.

      Thanks for stopping, Kathy.

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  3. This sounds excellent. I appreciated reading your review about it. Sounds like one I need to try to squeeze into my growing TBR. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. I hope you can accomplish the difficult chore of squeezing another book in. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Diane.

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  4. I've read a couple of her books and liked them. I'll put this on my toppling TBR list ;-) I enjoyed your review.

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    1. I enjoy her books.

      Don't you just love your toppling TBR stack, though? :)

      Thanks for stopping, Mary.

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  5. Great review. Iam going to add this to my Goodreads "to read" list.

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    1. Thanks, pilch92.

      Enjoy when you read the book.

      Thanks for stopping, pilch92.

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  6. Hmm I will definitely get to reading it - sounds though it takes time to get into it. Yes the cover is stunning.

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    1. The cover pulled me, and of course Beatriz Williams did too.

      It did take longer than usual to warm up to the book, but it was a good read.

      Thanks for stopping, Kathryn.

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  7. Hi Elizabeth,

    This story gives a whole new meaning to 'the eternal triangle', doesn't it?

    In fact it must be 'the eternal square' :)

    Probably not one I would go out of my way to acquire, however I do like the cover art and of course, your usual thorough review.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your reading this week :)

    Yvonne

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    1. Your comments are always so delightful.

      Thanks for commenting and stopping, Yvonne.

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  8. I keep adding Beatriz Williams' books to my TBR pile, but still haven't got around to reading any.

    I love the cover, but it sounds like there is more about this book to like than that. The unexpected twist has me intrigued. Looks like I'll be getting to this book sooner than later!

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    1. It was good, Yvonne, but THE SECRET LIFE OF VIOLET GRANT, was my favorite. :)

      ENJOY when you read the book.

      Thanks for stopping, Yvonne.

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  9. I've been hoping this was a departure from the Schuyler Sisters books, even though I love them. I'm kicking myself because I thought I'd put a pre-release hold on this one at the library but later realized I hadn't. Now, I'm in the holds line. Perhaps, soon it will be my turn.

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    1. Hopefully you will get to read it soon.

      Thanks for stopping, Kathy. I think you will like the book.

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