So B. It e35 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 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 andverything we hoped went with it held my attention so much better Wealthy 5th Avenue socialites their affairs Long Island summer homes horse racing Cabaret 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 thatvery generation thinks they discovered sex alcohol parties tc 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 kidsAnyway this book is marvelous witty sexy sneaky and mysterious Bonus is the journalist of that ra Helen Rowland whose uotes introduce ach chapter I want a book about her A Certain Age was a ok read and I kept 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 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 njoyed 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 mine I discovered Beatriz Williams work as I was about to fly abroad on vacation In my final misguided attempt to only travel with Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice 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 Williamsvokes 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 chelons 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 discreet mutually respectful affairs Though Theresa is a woman of a certain age wealth and prestige have cocooned her in unimpeachable bare backing beauty and she attracts the attention of the Boy aka Octavian a brooding former pilot whose heroic ndeavors during the war have assisted him to bypass the rigid ntry 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
and uncomfortably in love with 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 veryone s fragile xistence 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 vokes the intimate socially incestuous world of old New York and its clash with the burgeoning riches forged by middle class The Art of Memoir 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 I am always fascinated by well written books that take place during the 1920 s It was anxceptional time between two wars prohibition the old guard and the new struggling to find a way to share the same space Beatriz Williams book xemplifies those times and struggles and in #a way that is so real it is almost painful at times There was a point where I #way that is so real it is almost painful at times There was a point where I couldn t bear the fact that some people in this story would not get what they wanted that they would be forever marked or ven 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 mpathy for one reason or another Based on a play that I have never seen nor xperienced this up dated version of the story with a twist finely woven in should have a film basedUNCONTROLLABLY AND UNCOMFORTABLY IN LOVE WITH
on it but only if they can findit but only if they can find wh. The bestselling author of A Hundred Summers brings the Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in this nchanting 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.
Summary A Certain AgeO can do justice to the nuances of the characters A great story that I recommend to veryone who PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition enjoys historical fiction that isxtremely well written 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 the knowledge 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 Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography energy that he isven alive than the senior man in Theresa s life Marshall is goofy for her flyboy Rofrano being late of World War I although a lot less late than most of his fellow pilots She is stuck on him The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, enough to have begun having notions of them taking it on the lam together If only life were so simpleBeatriz Williams from her FB pagesThere is the problem of Sophie Fortescue 19 an heiress to a successful if somewhat reclusive inventor father mom having reached a badnd many years back She is a mechanically inclined chip off the old ngine block and an object of xtreme affection for Theresa s brother Jay is not as far along in years as his sister but is past his first bloom An rstwhile man about town he is ager to marry young Sophie and secure not only the companionship of a beautiful and vivacious partner but the not insignificant advantage of her considerable inheritance Theresa The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl engages young Rofrano for him to act the cavalier and present young Sophie with Jay s formal reuest for her hand and presumably the rest of her in marriage But seeing Sophie sparks something in young Rofrano ComplicationsnsueWe are introduced to the goings on by a gossip columnist for the New York Herald Times It is May 1922 and nom de plume Patty Cake fills us in on what looks like the crime of the century in Greewich CT a juicy case in which The Patent King is on trial for his life his daughters The Patent Princesses in attendance Ms Cake pops in from time to time to update us on the progress of the trial and to add a third voice Exile and Pilgrim enough to help plait the Theresa and Sophie threads into a lovely braid LOVE the uest marriage the conuest divorce the inuest Helen RowlandPatty is a funlement but the star of this show is Theresa Marshall I kept hearing the voice of Lady Mary from Downton Abbey albeit it with an American accent Lest one think of her as maybe too modern a woman it should be borne in mind that the 20s was not called Roaring for nothing It was a time of change Boundaries were being pushed Sophie is considered daring because she wants to work for her living instead of being a prize awarded to the highest bidder Theresa takes advantage of the daring culture of the day to match her philandering mate for a change in partaking of the world Octavian confronts considerable survivor guilt having made it through the vagaries of The Great War while #having lost so many of his fellow flyers Everybody seems to be going through life at automobile speed #lost so many of his fellow flyers Everybody seems to be going through life at automobile speed but alas there are no sentimental garages by Life s wayside at which we may obtain a fresh supply of motions purchase a new thrill or patch up an xploded ideal Helen RowlandThe title refers not only to the chronological status of Theresa Marshall and the MayDecember couplings of Jay with Sophie and Theresa s hubby with his latest young thing but the times themselves Williams offers a nifty look at the 1920s peppering her novel with Hannah Montana: The Movie elements of the dynamic culture and the odd sign post Ty Cobb and his infamous demeanor are tossed across the stagearly on Man O War thunders past in a back story role bringing Octavian and Theresa together That relatively new fangled automotive device comes in for some use as well Here is a nice passage that gives a sense of much of this ra capturing The bartender The bar So forbidden and masculine an unimaginable place for a girl to find herself alone until now Until suddenly boys and girls are going to saloons together and they aren t called saloons any A whole new vocabulary is springing up overnight it seems like mushrooms or crocuses all clustered around the underground slaking of illegal thirst and it seems the illegal the thirst is the ordinary and acceptable it s become to slake it in mixed company among strangers And the vocabulary has something to do with that doesn t it Hooch speakeasy blotto Silly words trivializing the laws they re breaking Trivializing verything in the world I love how Williams posilutely picks up the sudden societal unsteadiness that followed the horror of war as the world tried once to regain its balance It is putting her story in the context of a time of great upheaval made manifest in her characters that raises it from a pretty good novel with a sparkling character in Theresa to something higher Love is like appendicitis you never know when nor how it is going to strike you the only difference being that after one attack of appendicitis your curiosity is perfectly
Helen Rowland And if that not nough you might think it s 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 knot with the sweet younger daughter of a newly wealthy inventor Engaging a longstanding family tradition Theresa nlists 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 known Fortescue family When Octavian meets Sophie he fal. ,SATISFIED HELEN ROWLAND AND IF THAT