I’ll never forget Beatriz Williams’ name. It’s that exotic “z” at the end of her first name that sticks with me. I’ll never forget the first time I read a Williams’ novel: One Hundred Summers. I was so impressed with the way she wove the fates of her compelling characters around a historical, and devastating, weather event. The Summer Wives, her ninth novel, debuted at #7 on the New York Times bestseller list, was July’s Book of the Month, and got a very nice tan at the beach (I’m sure it was the essential summer read for thousands of beachgoers) last summer. This summer, it’s a Pennie’s Pick at Costco, and available in paperback wherever books are sold. Set on an island that becomes a summer getaway for super rich New Englanders, a woman who spent one magical summer there as a teenager returns as an adult to resolve a mystery surrounding her lover, and her family. It’s a glittering, tense, evocative novel about love, class, and honor.
On July 9th, her new novel, The Golden Hour, goes on sale. Without breaking a sweat, it’s June’s Book of the Month! And not just that: Good Housekeeping, Southern Living, BookBub, PopSugar, and more have already named it as a must-read book of Summer 2019. I adore everything that Beatriz has ever written, but The Golden Hour is her most sophisticated, elegant, and engaging novel yet. She sends Lulu, a young columnist from New York, into the heart of the Caribbean during World War II to report on the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who have been installed in the governor’s seat in Nassau, The Bahamas. Lulu quickly becomes a fixture of the local social scene, charming locals, expats, and the royals. However, she can’t quite put her finger on it, but something seems a bit off in Nassau… Her love for Benedict Thorpe, a dashing gentleman with a mysterious past, leads her on a journey across the ocean and through time to uncover the truth. Grab a copy of The Summer Wives to tide you over until The Golden Hour is available in stores everywhere! If you’ve never read Beatriz before, dipping into just one of these books will make you understand why readers can’t read just one Beatriz Williams novel, and instead fall into a full-on #beatrizbinge. Happy reading - and happy watching - here are some fun videos of Beatriz filmed earlier this year.