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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 billionaire--Manhattan's most eligible bachelor--pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn't had a boyfriend since college?

The answer is beyond imagining . . . at least at first. Kate and Julian's story may have begun not in the moneyed world of twenty-first-century Manhattan but in France during World War I, when a mysterious American woman emerged from the shadows of the Western Front to save the life of Captain Julian Laurence Ashford, a celebrated war poet and infantry officer.

Now, in modern-day New York, Kate and Julian must protect themselves from the secrets of the past, and trust in a true love that transcends time and space.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, c2011
ISBN: 9780399157646
Branch Call Number: FIC Willi
Characteristics: 456 p


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AL_KATI Nov 06, 2016

Let's be honest: Julian is MY WWI boyfriend. Kate can't have him!

Feb 14, 2015

I'm rather torn on this one, to be honest. I read one of this author's other books recently and quite enjoyed it, so I went into this with high hopes. It's the story of a Wall Street analyst, Kate, who finds herself swept up in a whirlwind romance with a billionaire investor named Julian. Turns out there's a whole time travel element, but I don't want to say too much about that. I had a few problems with it:
a) Using time travel and the whole circular nature of it and the chicken-or-egg question to justify characters falling instantly in love.
b) I don't enjoy books with power imbalances between characters, and it particularly bothers me in contemporary books, as opposed to historical ones. So the whole billionaire sweeps a girl off her feet thing does nothing for me.
c) Kate wasn't a strong enough character to justify the lengths Julian went through to find her and be with her.
d) The time travel explanation in this was....sketchy at best. Not logical enough.
Having said all that, there was a lot to like about this -- it was a fast and entertaining read, fun enough for a day at the beach; however, for those new to Beatriz Williams, I'd recommend 'A Hundred Summers' instead.

Jul 03, 2012

Time travel is an interesting concept; however the story drags.

Jun 01, 2012

This is a quick, light, frothy read about love & the possibilities of time travel. It does require tremendous leaps of faith & suspension of belief as the author doesn't really ever explain how people are brought back & forth through time. It just kind of happens. What keeps you reading is the search for the identity of the person who threatens the lives of Julian & Kate but it's more romance novel than mystery. For a really good, thoughtful & more credible novel about love through time, read The Time Travellers's Wife.

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