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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 with an excerpt from a 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 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 and Sophie Fortescue had the most difficult decision even though her was the one that would be making the decision about who she was to marryMs 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 secretOnce the secret was revealed and Sophie Fortescue was 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 meA 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 enjoyableThe book s cover is stunning and the book is patterned after an opera titled Der Rosenkavalie ENJOY if you read A CERTAIN AGE 45 A Certain Ageby Beatriz WilliamsLet me begin by placing a few ey 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 If you now 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 to be a woman at that point in history A Certain Age takes us to the roaring 1920s Manhattan The times they are a changin Women are becoming bolder clothes are becoming scantier jazz is being born and booze is supposedly becoming scarcer It is a city on the verge of cultural change At least among the 5th Avenue eliteMrs Theresa Marshall is the ueen of the elite Appearances are everything and she maintains them with her husband even while falling uite desperately in love or at least in infatuation with the much younger war hero Octavian Rofrano But she unwittingly changes the entire trajectory of her entire happiness when she sends her lover to serve as the cavalier for her brother Ox to present Ox s proposal to the almost scandalously young and certainly scandalously wealthy Miss Sophie Fortescue Family secrets Unsolved murders Discreet affairs Steamy romanaces Women challenging the role into which society has pigeonholed them All leading up to the murder trial of the century A Certain Age is told from the alternating perspectives of Theresa and Sophie The former being a woman of a certain age jaded by life eyes open to the realities of social standing and the associated expectations The latter a doe eyed and sheltered young woman who still bows to the expectations of her father and lacks the life experience to uestion if she wants If she deserves 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. ,


A Certain Age

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Utiful young innocent and a lady of a certain age over the lady s mu I am always fascinated by well written books that take place during the 1920 s It was an by well written books that take place during the 1920 s It was an Time Between Two Wars Prohibition The Old between two wars prohibition the old 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 story would not get what they wanted that they would be forever marked or even destroyed in the very intimate battles of the war between the various lovers I wanted them all to win all of the characters drew my empathy for one reason or another Based on a play that I have never seen nor experienced this up dated version of the story with a twist finely woven in should have a film based on it but only if they can find actors who can do justice to the nuances of the characters A great story that I recommend to everyone who enjoys historical fiction that is extremely well written 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 mutually respectful affairs Though Theresa is a woman of a certain age wealth and prestige have cocooned her in 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 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 min. 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. Ithout a doubt Theresa was my preferred point of view She had a Self Confidence Edged With confidence edged with a touch of insecurity and she had no delusions of what was expected of her in society Stand by her husband eep her lover discrete She was smart than a little manipulative and completely unapologetic I adored her Sophie s naivet wore a bit smart than a little manipulative and completely unapologetic I adored her Sophie s naivet wore a bit at times for me but she ended up being the one who cast off the mantel of 1920s woman and stepped into the future These two women were two sides of the same coin one who despite her best efforts could not break free of the mold and the other who seemed born to leave it behind The one aspect that fell short of Ms Williams s other books was the entwined mystery There is a trial that is alluded to in flash forward news columns and Sophie has a mysterious childhood and recluse father but I was not drawn into that storyline It was interesting and I realized we were being led toward the resolution but I was way interested in reading about Theresa and Octavian The general outlines of the mystery were not shrouded in obscurity and the big twist was not as shocking as I Arabian Challenge know Ms Williams is capable of Intriguing at bestFinally we see some of familiar faces and names as are woven throughout Ms Williams s other books the Schuylers particularly Julie the van der Wahls At this point I would love a friendfamily tree to see how all of these novels piece together to tell an epic story of the SchuylersOverall another solid novel by Beatriz Williams full of glitz glamour and romance Thank you to Edelweiss for providing an advanced copy of A Certain Age in exchange for my honest review 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 thenowledge 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 manages to prove with some freuency and energy that he is even alive than the senior man in Theresa s life Marshall is goofy A Certain Age was a ok read and I ept 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 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 better Wealthy 5th Avenue socialites their affairs Long Island summer homes horse racing etc They were doing it all well before we were all born and they did it with such casual accomplishment as if it were their birthright It s so amusing that every generation thinks they discovered sex alcohol parties etc No wonder my parents just smiled at the sixties and seventies The same old just in a different way less clothes and longer hair But now it was their children out there Fast forward to present day and the millennials are having their way with the world Our idsAnyway this book is marvelous witty sexy sneaky and mysterious Bonus is the journalist of that era Helen Rowland whose uotes introduce each chapter I want a book about her 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 bea. 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 not 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 nown Fortescue family When Octavian meets Sophie he fal. ,