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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of A Certain Age transports listeners to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel - an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach.

Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France. While an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, she meets a charismatic British army surgeon whose persistent charm opens her heart to the possibility of love. As the war rages, Virginia falls into a passionate affair with the dashing Captain Simon Fitzwilliam, only to discover that his past has its own dark secrets - secrets that will damage their eventual marriage and propel her back across the Atlantic to the sister and father she left behind.

Five years later, in the early days of Prohibition, the newly widowed Virginia Fitzwilliam arrives in the tropical boomtown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, to settle her husband's estate. Despite the evidence, Virginia does not believe Simon perished in the fire that destroyed the seaside home he built for her and their young daughter. Separated from her husband since the early days of their marriage, the headstrong Virginia plans to uncover the truth, for the sake of the daughter Simon never met.

Simon's brother and sister welcome her with open arms and introduce her to a dazzling new world of citrus groves, white beaches, bootleggers, and Prohibition agents. But Virginia senses a predatory presence lurking beneath the irresistible, hedonistic surface of this coastal oasis. The more she learns about Simon and his mysterious business interests, the more she fears that the dangers that surrounded Simon now threaten her and their daughter's life as well.

©2017 Beatriz Williams (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Whelp. I dunno.

Excellent narration but I admit to being lost at times by the story (I employed the back button A LOT). And I have no clue about the ending. So ... yeah. Entertaining, yes; a good mystery, yes; interesting characters, yes. But I'm left with so.many.questions that I cannot say I enjoyed it. Your mileage may vary.

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Take me away for the summer

What made the experience of listening to Cocoa Beach the most enjoyable?

I could feel the humidity of Florida and smell the salt of the Atlantic ocean. It made me homesick.

Would you be willing to try another book from Beatriz Williams? Why or why not?

I've read all her books to date and love the time period and women who represent the time period so well with strength and courage. Gentle writing for summer or when you need to read something to get you back into the groove for more challenging works.

Which character – as performed by Eva Kaminsky and Alex Wyndham – was your favorite?

Eva.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes with great food in the fridge.

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unexpected surprise

I normally listen to mysteries and science fiction, very rarely dramatic novels. I honestly chose the book because of the time period and the cover. however, I found myself so engulfed in the story that i finished it over the weekend. The characters are interesting and there are just enough surprises to be exciting. I'll be starting another book by this author next weekend.

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Great Book

I really enjoyed the plot twists and historical details. The narrator for this book is excellent. I will definitely listen to this one a second time.

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Disappointing

First I didn't like the female narrator of this audible. Her voice was a bit annoying. While I love most of Beatriz Williams books this one was too much of a thriller and too violent. The author dragged this story out with too many words and for far too long.

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Loved the book. Very good read.

Enjoyed this book very much
Hated to see it end
I found it to be well written. Listened to it twice!

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Intriguing story

Where does Cocoa Beach rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among Beatriz Williams' books I'd rank it below Along the Infinite Sea and The Secret Life of Violet Grant; however, it is a solid novel and well written. Her books have been among the best I've listened to in the past year.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cocoa Beach?

Beatriz Williams weaves a story with detail and description that is captivating

Would you be willing to try another one of Eva Kaminsky and Alex Wyndham ’s performances?

Did NOT care for the narration. The female narration was a main detraction from the story. The voice of the main female character became almost unlikeable and unrelatable. I may read the book to experience story-will not listen to it again.

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Great story

So many twists and turns. So far I love all of her books. Great narration.

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The story dragged, and then it was the climax for over two hours. Makes the reader frustrated for a resolution. Too much unnecessary mystery, that made the whole plot like convoluted.

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Not one of the best..

This story was all over the place and was definitely not one of the best of the author’s..I felt myself zoning off a lot in it because it just didn’t have the grab of some of her others.