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Certain Age
by Beatriz Williams
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William Morrow, 2016 (2016)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Theresa Marshall spends her time between Fifth Avenue and a home in Southampton, Long Island. A product of the Jazz Age, she has a comfortable understanding with her husband. She ignores his discreet affairs and he turns a blind eye to her lover, a young pilot named Octavian who fought in the skies over Europe.

Life becomes a little complicated for Theresa when her brother, Ox, indicates he wants to marry Sophie Fortescue. Determined to do a little digging to see if this would be a proper match, Theresa makes the mistake of asking her lover to check out the secretive Fortescue family. Not only does Octavian willingly agree to the project but he unwittingly falls under the spell of the attractive young woman as well as discovers a rather startling family secret.

How this sets up a situation that places a number of relationships in jeopardy and promises to totally disrupt all the parties involved is the subject of this novel.

If opera buffs recognize elements of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, that's no accident. Beatriz Williams' love of opera is responsible for this loose reinterpretation of the classic opera. A Certain Age underscores a riveting love triangle, divided loyalties and startling revelations that make this a very entertaining summer read.

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