“Maybe little girls should have a chance to see the world a bit, while they’re still young enough to see it in wonder.” Virginia Fortescue Fitzwilliam, Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams is told in alternating time periods, in France during WWII and 5 years later in Cocoa Beach, FL. This was my first Beatriz Williams novel and it won’t be my last. I found that most of the chapters ended on cliff hangers and then switched back and forth between the two time periods, which left my anticipation continuous from start to finish. Cocoa Beach was full of drama and with every one of them I was left wanting more answers. Despite WWII and life immediately after WWII being truly desperate times, I found charm in the pages of this book. The romance between Virginia and Captain Simon Fitzwilliam is what true love stories are made of, but was it real? I found myself constantly questioning the characters motives and trying to decipher the truths from the lies. Cocoa Beach is packed from the beginning to the end with rich history, frantic situations and character developments. While I found the entire book to be highly detailed and thoroughly satisfying I did find the ending to be a bit rushed. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate the ending, I just wanted more. I wanted it to be treated with the same finesse the rest of the book was. This ending was one to be savored.
The cover of this book also deserves some serious love. I know have I the naked book in my photo and while the colors of the hardback are lovely the jacket is stunning. Cocoa Beach also has beautifully deckled pages and a vintage vibe that I cannot get enough of. If you would like to see what the book jacket looks like and order a copy of your own, click here.
If you enjoy historical fiction that combines charm, betrayal and anticipation, Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams is for you!
I give this one 4 suspenseful stars out of 5.
I read this as part of the Salt Water Reads Book Club over on Instagram. I co-curate this international book club with my book bestie, Stacey over at Prose and Palate or check out her blog. If you are looking for a laid back book club that you can pop in and out of when you want to read the book, pressure free, check us out. Cocoa Beach was our July 2017 book selection and the August 2018
book selection has already been announced. Pop over on Instagram to find out what it is. We would love to have you read with us! We were thrilled to be able to offer some author interaction with this read as well. Beatriz Williams popped on the real time Instagram post for the end of month discussion and chatted along with us and our members. She also offered an amazing giveaway exclusively to our Salt Water Reads followers and did a Q & A session with questions submitted by our members.