03 February 2017

Exquisite & Intriguing | A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams


The bestselling author of A Hundred Summers brings the Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in this enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, romance, and scandal in New York Society, brimming with lush atmosphere, striking characters, and irresistible charm.

As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. An intense and deeply honorable man, Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband.

But their relationship subtly shifts when her bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the sweet younger daughter of a newly wealthy inventor. Engaging a longstanding family tradition, Theresa enlists the Boy to act as her brother’s cavalier, presenting the family’s diamond rose ring to Ox’s intended, Miss Sophie Fortescue—and to check into the background of the little-known Fortescue family. When Octavian meets Sophie, he falls under the spell of the pretty ingĂ©nue, even as he uncovers a shocking family secret. As the love triangle of Theresa, Octavian, and Sophie progresses, it transforms into a saga of divided loyalties, dangerous revelations, and surprising twists that will lead to a shocking transgression...and eventually force Theresa to make a bittersweet choice.

Full of the glamour, wit and delicious twists that are the hallmarks of Beatriz Williams’ fiction and alternating between Sophie’s spirited voice and Theresa’s vibrant timbre, A Certain Age is a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby’s New York.


From the start, A Certain Age captured my imagination and drew me into an irresistible story of scandal, romance, and mystery. As her characters maneuver through tangled affairs, secrets, murder, and societal expectations, Beatriz Williams exhibits a remarkable talent for transporting her readers into history and crafting a setting with exquisite detail as her characters.

While A Certain Age does contain some morals that not every reader will appreciate—like the accepted practice of adultery—as a whole, it offers an intriguing story of characters caught in the culture of the Roaring Twenties. I enjoyed it, and I’m sure many readers of historical fiction will, too.


Thanks to TLC Book Tours, I received a complimentary copy of A Certain Age and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons, before her career as a writer took off. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore.


  1. I got a copy of this one in consideration of review, but haven't read it. Glad to read you enjoyed it, Hallie. :) Thanks for the review and reminder that it's on my shelf!

  2. I love the Jazz Age - what an exciting time to be alive!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.