Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A Certain Age by Beatrix Williams

New York in the Roaring Twenties – a time for love, secrets and scandal…
As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue – a beautiful socialite of a certain age – has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young lover, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. But though times are changing, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question.
When Theresa’s bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the youngest daughter of a newly wealthy inventor, Theresa enlists her lover to present the family’s diamond rose ring to pretty ingénue, Miss Sophie Fortescue – and to check into the background of this little-known family. Yet even as he uncovers a shocking secret, Octavian falls under Sophie’s spell…
Divided loyalties and dangerous revelations lead to a shocking transgression and eventually Theresa must make a choice that will change them all forever.

I'm delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for Beatrix's new book A Certain Age. The story is set in the 1920's in New York City. The first world war is over and the rich are throwing caution to the wind. It's a brave new age and woman are becoming more assertive and wanting to have their cake and eat it.
Theresa is middle aged and married to a man who has had affairs all through their marriage. She's told to like it or lump it,that's just the way things are. She meets Octavian a beautiful man twenty years her junior and so her first affair begins.
Ox, Theresa's brother has fallen for 19yr old Sophie mainly because of her money and he wants to propose to her by means of a cavalier (I've never heard of this) who will go with the ring and propose for him. Theresa suggests Octavian who when doing the deeds falls for Sophie and she for him.
Theresa can't let go. Octavian belongs to her..or does he?
The story is not only about love it's about lies, deception and a murder trial and what those things do to the people involved.
It took me a while to get into this book and to like the characters. I thought Theresa was manipulative and spoiled until I got to know her and realised she just wanted to be loved. I felt for poor Sophie who agreed to be engaged to Ox who I thought was a sleeze and just after her position and money.
When I started to enjoy the story and empathise with the characters I was rooting for Sophie all the way to the end.
The author descriptions of the jazz set and speak easys was worth reading the book for.

A Certain Age can be found  here

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