Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach

eBook - 2017 | First edition.
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Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France. While an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, she meets a charismatic British army surgeon whose persistent charm opens her heart to the possibility of love. As the war rages, Virginia falls into a passionate affair with the dashing Captain Simon Fitzwilliam, only to discover that his past has its own dark secrets--secrets that will damage their eventual marriage and propel her back across the Atlantic to the sister and father she left behind. Five years later, in the early days of Prohibition, the newly widowed Virginia Fitzwilliam arrives in the tropical boomtown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, to settle her husband's estate. Despite the evidence, Virginia does not believe Simon perished in the fire that destroyed the seaside home he built for her and their young daughter. Separated from her husband since the early days of their marriage, the headstrong Virginia plans to uncover the truth, for the sake of the daughter Simon never met. Simon's brother and sister welcome her with open arms and introduce her to a dazzling new world of citrus groves, white beaches, bootleggers, and Prohibition agents. But Virginia senses a predatory presence lurking beneath the irresistible, hedonistic surface of this coastal oasis. The more she learns about Simon and his mysterious business interests, the more she fears that the dangers that surrounded Simon now threaten her and their daughter's life as well.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062405005
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (376 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Cocoa Beach : a novel


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Nov 26, 2017

An enjoyable read. There was a real twist to the ending.

Sep 15, 2017

Beatrice Williams never disappoints. Her novels are always a riveting tale of adventure, intrigue, romance and deception. All this and a historical element makes it a fasinating read.

Aug 26, 2017

Very intriguing book. I loved discovering that Maitland was once owned by the author's in-law's family. The nod to the book's superb editor was well-earned and deserved.

Who is the good guy? Who is the bad guy? The author kept me guessing through intricately-woven plot twists and purposeful flashbacks.

Spoiler alert: It won't do you any good to cheat and read the last few pages. The letter that begins on page 330 drops a few hints, but there will still be surprises.

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