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Author: Beatriz Williams Narrator: Adrienne Rusk, Mia Barron, Barbara Goodson Publisher: HarperCollins Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062445186

Publisher Description

The bestselling author of A Hundred Summers brings the Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in this enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, romance, and scandal in New York Society, brimming with lush atmosphere, striking characters, and irresistible charm.

As 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 times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband.

But 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 enlists 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 falls under the spell of the pretty ingénue, even as he uncovers a shocking family secret. As the love triangle of Theresa, Octavian, and Sophie progresses, it transforms into a saga of divided loyalties, dangerous revelations, and surprising twists that will lead to a shocking transgression . . . and eventually force Theresa to make a bittersweet choice.

Full of the glamour, wit and delicious twists that are the hallmarks of Beatriz Williams’ fiction and alternating between Sophie’s spirited voice and Theresa’s vibrant timbre, A Certain Age is a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby’s New York.

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  • “Williams has a gift for creating fascinating story lines, memorable characters, and allowing the atmosphere of the era to permeate every page. The Jazz Age becomes the colorful, sophisticated, glamorous setting for a tale based on Straus’ opera Der Rosenkavalier.”

    - RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)
  • “Williams’ sophisticated take on a steamy May-December love triangle teems with all the immediacy and intrigue of those heady days when headstrong women were bucking the system to find their own voices and chart their own courses.”

    - Booklist
  • “A tale of Manhattan society in the Jazz Age, spiced liberally with secrets and scandal…propelled by its period-perfect prose style. A certain age, acutely observed.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “There are two main characters from whose points of view the story is told, Theresa and Sophie, whose sections are narrated by Mia Barron and Adrienne Rusk. In Barron’s exceptional narration, she delivers the exact right attitude for Theresa, both brash and somewhat vulnerable…Narrator Barbara Goodson also has a small but well-done part as a gossip columnist who serves to move the story forward.”

    - AudioFile

Awards

  • An Indie Next List Pick for July 2016

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About the Author

Beatriz Williams is the author of numerous novels and series of novels of historical romance and historical mystery fiction. The Summer Wives and The Golden Hour were New York Times bestsellers. A native of Seattle, she graduated from Stanford University and earned an MBA in finance from Columbia University, then spent several years in New York and London as a corporate strategy consultant before pursuing her passion for historical fiction.

About the Narrator

Karissa Vacker is a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and actress. After graduating with a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, she performed in regional theaters across the country before moving to Los Angeles. She has guest starred in network television shows and films and continues to work on screen and stage. Her audiobook credits include romance, young adult fiction, and mystery thrillers.