Beatriz Williams’ debut novel Overseas has been compared to none other than Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. While it often does a book a disservice to be compared to such a hit author since it can raise expectations to unreasonable levels, in this case, the comparison is a good one. Williams’ time travel/romance novel will feel familiar to fans of Gabaldon; it kept us reading late into the night as we frantically flipped the pages to discover what would happen to Kate and Julian, which is why it’s our Red Hot Book of the Week.
Romance novels — some love them, others decidedly don’t. Beatriz Williams’ Overseas may be one of the few novels that can bridge that gap in readers. Romance lovers will adore the tender romance between Kate and Julian, while non-romance readers will find the urgency of the story and the mystery of time travel completely engaging. It’s a novel that’s difficult to classify because it contains elements of many different genres, and as a result, it will speak to many different audiences. Whether you’re looking for excitement, well-developed characters or a high-stakes storyline, Overseas has something for everyone.
Kate Wilson is a 25-year-old analyst working at a large New York bank. She enjoys her job — she’s worked hard for what she has and has achieved a lot since leaving the Midwest. She doesn’t realize that everything is about to change for her, and it starts with a seemingly innocent meeting with Julian Laurence. Julian has it all — he’s a British billionaire and prospective client of the bank. He’s also notoriously private and very good looking. So Kate can’t understand why Julian seems to take an interest in her — what can she possibly offer him?
For Julian, seeing Kate is like a shock wave moving through his system. He can’t help but remember her from all those years ago. His initial instinct is to reach out to her and get to know her again, but after some time, his head wins out over his heart. It’s better if Kate never knows him. Best to leave her alone and let her live her life. After all, the last thing Julian wants to bring Kate is heartbreak.
As Julian pulls back from Kate, she is confused but lets things be. After all, the thought of the great Julian Laurence being interested in her was just too good to be true. But as the weeks and months progress, and Kate and Julian continue to be thrown together at every turn, Kate wonders if there’s something more going on. After all, Julian looks at her as if he knows her, inside and out. Is it possible there’s a reason for his demand for privacy, that there is so little information about him? What could he have to hide?