Read Cocoa Beach Online Free - The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach.
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.
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June 28, 2017
I met my husband in the least romantic setting possible: a casualty clearing station in northern France in the middle of February. A cold drizzle fell and the air stank of human rot. I suppose this constituted a warning from Providence, though Providence needn’t have bothered. I had always know...
August 10, 2017
I wasn’t super excited to read this book when I got the ARC off Edelweiss, because I’ve found myself growing gradually more frustrated with Beatriz Williams. Her first three books were great, soapish beach reads—plenty of twisty drama, but not dumbed down. But the next three were kind of disappoi...
June 27, 2017
Falling in love and marrying during a war usually turns out to be a good thing, but for Virginia Fortescue Fitzwilliam it wasn't working out.
Virginia fell in love, married, and then spent hardly any time with her husband. The war is over, she still hasn't seen him, and then she returns to the Uni...
June 27, 2017
Virginia is definitely a strong woman. When we first meet her she is driving an ambulance in France during WWI. She left her family home and all of her secrets behind in New York and ran away to France to help with the war. While there she meets a British doctor, Simon, who will change the whole...
July 08, 2017
Beatriz Williams is an unfamiliar author to me. I decided to read COCOA BEACH because the premise sounded intriguing, & I always find it difficult to resist covers with water in the background. (Not sure why...🤔) So I'm not sure if it was necessarily the book, the fact that I'm not a fan of W...
June 29, 2017
Well I love the authors previous books but I did not enjoy this one. The frantic nature of the entire book wore me out. I did finish it but only because I had to know the ending.
August 30, 2017
I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals, so that's 4.5 stars
Having very much enjoyed listening to The Wicked City earlier this year (and being a fan of this author’s alter-ego, Juliana Gray), I was keen to listen to Beatriz Williams’ latest offering, Cocoa Beach, whic...
August 20, 2017
This book was so confusing. It set up a great mystery that started out as beach-read style fun and then turned into an intense thriller in the last 2 chapters. The last sentence of the epilogue has me really confused, to the point that I'm wondering if I should have read another book as a backgro...
July 18, 2017
BW's latest is set in present day 1920's Florida flashing back to WWI where Virginia and Simons story began. I was looking for a light summery read when I picked this up its not really that. Filled with suspense and drama, it's chapter endings ask more questions than provide answers. It definitel...
July 05, 2017
5 "Discerning What is Real" Stars for the story and narration!
Loved both the historical fiction and the mystery in this story. There are even elements of romance weaved in--though romance is definitely not one of the primary focuses of the book.
The narration by Eva Kaminsky which seamlessly swit...