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A passionate, sweeping novel of a love that transcends time.

When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British
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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published May 10th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Madeleine
Oct 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm going to be honest. I skimmed the second half - I have a hard time stopping once I've started a book, but after a certain point, I just couldn't look this dialogue square in the face, ("Oh Beloved, how I've missed you!" "Oh my Dearest Darling...blah"). The concept is fantastic, (WWI, time travel, a potentially compelling mystery), but the execution is so hackneyed that it reads like a special on the Hallmark channel. Julian is a genuinely interesting character, so much so that it felt like h ...more
Jill

....in this shadowed hour
The vision guards my faith, while oversea
Her heart beats mine, defeats eternity.

Oversea
by Julian Ashford

When Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the attention of Julian Laurence, she of all people can not quite understand why. She's young, pretty, intelligent, sure. But having been described as more 'sexy librarian' than supermodel, she cannot imagine her type would interest the tall, handsome, thirty-three year-old British billionaire.

Julian Laurence at the helm
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Julie
I had high hopes for this one. Time travel, a WWI romance thing mixed with a modern day romance, what's not to like? But there was a lot I didn't like about this, especially on audio. The syrupy dialogue began to irritate me to no end, and I couldn't help thinking Kate was a major drip and wondered what Julian saw in her that kept him going for all these years after only knowing her for what - a matter of days? Sorry, I just didn't buy it. The love of the century? She was so annoying! The consta ...more
Nancy
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I truly wanted to like this book but I was sorry that I did not. It is not the best example of this authors work.

It is a time travel romance with a storyline that was very confusing. It was a great idea but how it was executed just did not make sense to me.
Merrie
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I'm a big time travel fan, and I also love this kind of light fantasy--that is, books set in the recognizable world, but where the paranormal suddenly and amazingly begins to appear. I did enjoy the twists and turns and the time travel elements. Unfortunately...the characters were so cliched I had to cringe. I'm so tired of these overwhelmingly handsome, protective and wealthy heroes. From Twilight to Discovery of Witches to Overseas, these authors just lift th ...more
♡Karlyn P♡
I didn't have a clue what to expect when I started listening to this as an audio book, but the narration was so good and the story so compelling, I really didn't care what it was about. I was GLUED, and I wanted to know more.

Overseas is a time-travel story told through the POV of the heroine Kate Wilson. It moves back and forth between modern day and 1916 France, and unravels the mystery of just how and why Captain Julian Ashford is now living in today's world.

The story unfolds bit-by-bit, and
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Emily
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Emily by: NPR
I found this on NPR's Lesser-Known Lit: Seeking Summer's Hidden Gems list. That "summer" modifier is crucial - Overseas is a fun, quick read, but the romance isn't very well-written and the plot is basically nonexistent. I love a good historical fiction/time travel mashup, but Overseas comes up short.

Julian Laurence is a hedge fund billionaire with a secret past, so of course he falls for lowly investment banker Kate Wilson, who's swept away by his charm. In the course of a whirlwind few months,
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Debbie
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beatriz Williams is a brilliant literary genius and as her words brought me from the bloody trenches of France in 1916 to the towers and glass of Manhattan today she transported me body and soul, flung me through the ether to worlds I rarely reach with mere words. Her narrative is a flowing prose filled mix of cultures and eras that kept me hypnotically entranced as she spun her improbable yet believable tale. Her dialogue is a mixed bag of English lords with the graphic and often sordid contemp ...more
Amy
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a time that I wish Goodreads would let you give a book more than a five. To say this book deserves a 10 plus plus is an understatement.

Do you remember the movie Kate & Leopold? Or The Time Traveler's Wife? Overseas is similar to both, but SO much better! First of all through out the book I was craving for my own Julian. I think it was a bigger craving than I usually have for chocolate. Yes, this means it’s REALLY big. Ms. Williams really knows how to paint a “man goddess” with her w
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Jacqueline
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wildly wonderfully romantic. This book, people, is why we read romances. Obviously this is a time travel romance. The hero is from WWI. He is perfectly written. The author creates the feel of a gentleman man of that era mostly with a dead on ear for the hero's word choice and sentence cadence. His actions of course just add to the perfect characterization. And this hero, Julian, is absolutely head over heels for the heroine, Kate. Kate is an ordinary young woman of the 21st century but when she ...more
Janet
Perhaps 3 1/2 for the how unusual the plot was, but ultimately, as interesting as I found Kate and Julian, the book could have been better. I could quibble about little things like far too many words in italics (honestly, sometimes 10 on a page), or how erratic Julian's language was (it's apparently quite difficult to show on paper that a person is English rather than American -- and I think it's great Williams did as well as she did). Listening to this book on tape would help a lot, I'm sure. E ...more
Diane
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Take Fifty Shades of Gray (minus the whole BDSM-thing), add The Time Traveler's Wife, plus a dash of Erin Duffy's debut novel Bond Girl, and a pinch of Maisie Dobbs' WWI mysteries, shake them all up in a box, and you get Beatriz Williams' imaginative debut novel Overseas.

Young analyst Kate Wilson has a summer job at Sterling Bates bank, a Wall Street institution. When she attracts the attention of superstar hedge fund billionaire Julian Ashford, sparks fly and they begin a relationship, much to
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Stacy
May 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: just-plain-awful
I really wanted to like this book because the premise sounded so interesting, but it fell flat.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

This book was so ridiculously cheesy. I hated Kate's personality throughout the entire story. She was boring and complained about the dumbest things. Her boyfriend Julian gives her a credit card to buy new things with while being held captive? WHAT NERVE! I mean, who gets fired from a job (regardless of the circumstances) and is just like "Oh well, I guess I'll hang out at my super r
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I love historical romance and time travel, so this book was right up my alley. And I loved it. Julian is the quintessential gentleman hero, not a reformed rake or antihero, just a genuinely good, kind, loving person. Were he a real person, he would make me flutter. I'd probably be reduced to a giggling mass of girly Jell-O in his presence (I'm totally kidding, I'm much too cynical for that). But seriously, it would be all too easy to fall in love with someone like Julian. And perhaps that's a dr ...more
Giedre
Apr 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
1.5/5

Basically, reading Overseas felt like someone telling me:

Look, darling, I’m in the middle of a speech, here. I’d appreciate your breathless attention.

That quote is straight from the hero's mouth. There were things that came from the heroine's mouth, too, but that one quote is enough. The overall effect was on the schmaltzy side. Also, the heroine couldn't make up her mind if she was a modern woman or not. The time travel didn't make much sense to me. I'm not even sure why the hero and the
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Alex
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
I'm pretty torn between giving this 1 star or 2. I guess I'll round up for 2 and say it was a 1.5? BUT SERIOUSLY I THOUGHT THIS WAS KIND OF AWFUL AND AT BEST MEDIOCRE BUT MOSTLY AWFUL???

I was actually pretty excited to read this at first, because NPR blurbed it and said it was an upbeat version of the Time Traveler's Wife, BUT THAT TURNED OUT TO BE A LIE BECAUSE THAT BOOK IS AWESOME AND THIS BOOK WAS CRAP. A more accurate descriptor would be Outlander crossed with A Discovery of Witches slash Tw
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Caroline
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Had the tremendous pleasure of hearing Beatriz Williams discuss her book at a recent event. If you can't see her in person, I strongly recommend that you go on her website and read and listen to interview she's posted. This is an amazing book. I would expect that, over time, people come to appreciate its complexity and vivid characterizations of courtship and societal change. Beneath a gripping love story, Williams juxtaposes contrasting worlds: the Edwardian romanticism of her chivalrous hero, ...more
Jess
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A pleasant, easy read to pass the afternoon of a long weekend. It was an original plot with the two lovers spanning the decades of time. True love conquerors all and stuff. Super mushy love speeches, a masculine, confidant male lead, a feisty but fairly submissive female lead, nothing too extraordinary. Overall, it was a sweet book without too much heavy thought into it.
Trisha ❊ Devoured Words
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is officially my most favorite of all time books in Time travel.

EVER.

I feel that as much as I can say how stupendously this book has been written. How much joy I had reading this book, I cannot convey the proper words to say it. I would not be able to give this book justice. I told my friend who recommended this book to me that I don't think Goodreads Reviewers has given this book justice by the ratings. (Perhaps they feel differently, well its there loss :P) I think there should a m
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Michele Harrod
Jun 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stopped-reading
I have never been so offended for an author in my life, as I am for Audrey Niffenegger, that this drivel has been compared to the genius of Time Travellers Wife.

This was for me, the literary equivalent of a root canal. And I suffered the pain .... I tried to endure, I really did. Waiting for a moment when it would turn into an actual story worth reading. I clawed by way well over the half way mark - but in the end I have had to cry foul, and demand an anaesthetic. I just cannot take another min
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Jen
Overseas was, to put it plainly, a disappointment. I was really looking forward to this book, but by the second page I'd renamed it Overseazzz. And then halfway through it was Overblown Melodrama. Both of the leads reduced me to fits of eye-rolling, sighing and jaw clenching. Where is the love? Seriously, where is it? I have no idea why these people are in love with each other, and in italics, no less.

Don't even GET me started on the use of italics in this book. A bloody crime, I tell you.




Megan
Aug 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this book. I had only a handful of pages left, but I just couldn't take it anymore. It felt like I was reading the same page over and over.
Mon
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado pero siento que podría haber sido mejor. Después de un inicio muy prometedor, que me tuvo súper enganchada, sentí que la trama perdió fuelle con momentos en los que apenas pasaba nada o demasiado empalagosos, para finalmente remontar. La trama se construye a partir de flashback en dos espacios temporales y está narrada desde el punto de vista de la protagonista. Que parte de la historia estuviese ambientada en la 1GM me gustó aunque después brillará por su ausencia.

La historia me
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Jaylia3
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Julian Laurence/Ashford, a gorgeous, Rupert Brooke-like, WWI era poet is hit by a shell during that war, but instead of dying he time travels to the future, waking in a French hospital in 1996. By the economically volatile year of 2008 he's become a semi-reclusive millionaire Wall Street mogul, passionately and almost inexplicably in love with Kate, a prickly, very modern, 20-something financial analyst flunky that he's only just met. Or have they only just met?

Much to Kate's surprise, she and J
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Kirsta
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I do believe I've just read some Twilight fan fiction. We have a bookish independent girl who finds herself the object of a gorgeous billionaires deep passionate love. For no reason. After about ten minutes of knowing each other. He leaves her in the dark because he's "dangerous" but he cannot resist her... uh... not sure what, because she's the same dork as the rest of us sitting in yoga pants searching for the next Mr Darcy. He sweeps her off of her feet using some hallmark traits of a domest ...more
Emmy
One word: Julian.

A man that leaves loves notes everywhere, calls you beloved, and lives for your safety and happiness, all with an English accent? (The audiobook is important for this last one)



Occasionally overbearing in his protection of Kate, it all becomes more forgivable when everything is unraveled. I liked how Kate continued to stand up for herself and tried to assert her independence whenever it seemed like Julian became too coddling or she started to get lost in him.

Ultimately though
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MaryannC.Book Fiend
A somewhat interesting mix of chick-lit and historical fiction woven into a story about time travel,love,some secrets and Wall Street insider trading thrown in.
Carol Kufeldt
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Like many of you, I read this at the recommendation of an NPR review. I was disappointed, to say the least, to find it to be an overblown Harlequin-esque romance with time travel trappings that are never really explained in any meaningful way. Julian is rich and handsome and basically a blonde Cary Grant from the 40's. Kate is pretty and smart and "fiercely independent"- whatever. They have no chemistry, no reason for a romance other than her appearing to him in the past and him searching for he ...more
♥︎♥︎Sofia♥︎♥︎
There is something about Beatriz Williams novels that draws me back time and again. She very cleverly manages to weave something unusual into a genre which can at times seem very hackneyed.
This isn't the best of her offerings (I think this might've been her first novel) Julian is the standout character in this story, though even he suffers from the use some rather 'eye-rolling' dialogue, while Kate's character seems rather caricature and cliché compared to Williams' outstanding Vivian Schuyler.
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Angie
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I met this author at a romance writers book signing and found her to be a very lovely person! I actually purchased this book after talking with her and then had her sign it for me. Because of this, I had high expectations for Overseas. I wanted the book to be as "lovely" as I found her. Unfortunately, I just wasn't able to lose myself in it. I had troubles with the characters and the story. Charlie's language was terrible. I just felt something was missing and I couldn't click with the book! But ...more
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