Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams

Cocoa Beach

The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers 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 Re...

Details Cocoa Beach

TitleCocoa Beach
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews Cocoa Beach

  • Will Byrnes
    I met my husband in the least romantic setting possible: a casualty clearing station in northern France in the middle of February. A cold drizzle fell and the air stank of human rot. I suppose this constituted a warning from Providence, though Providence needn’t have bothered. I had always known better than to fall in love. I had always known love was something you would later regret. Miss Virginia Fortescue is a good and decent person. In 1917...
  • Jessica
    I wasn’t super excited to read this book when I got the ARC off Edelweiss, because I’ve found myself growing gradually more frustrated with Beatriz Williams. Her first three books were great, soapish beach reads—plenty of twisty drama, but not dumbed down. But the next three were kind of disappointing. It began to feel like maybe she was rushing through them, focusing more on setting up the next book than on telling the story at hand to the...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Falling in love and marrying during a war usually turns out to be a good thing, but for Virginia Fortescue Fitzwilliam it wasn't working out.Virginia fell in love, married, and then spent hardly any time with her husband. The war is over, she still hasn't seen him, and then she returns to the United States to her father and her sister. Her family has secrets, and she finds out Simon does too. Simon seems to be the perfect manipulator and liar.We ...
  • Trevor
    Beatriz Williams is an unfamiliar author to me. I decided to read COCOA BEACH because the premise sounded intriguing, & I always find it difficult to resist covers with water in the background. (Not sure why...🤔) So I'm not sure if it was necessarily the book, the fact that I'm not a fan of Willams' prose, &/or a combination of both. I'm definitely in the minority here & I can see this appealing to many readers, but I'm just not one of them. I...
  • Sue
    Virginia is definitely a strong woman. When we first meet her she is driving an ambulance in France during WWI. She left her family home and all of her secrets behind in New York and ran away to France to help with the war. While there she meets a British doctor, Simon, who will change the whole course of her life. The book moves between Virginia's days in France and five years later when she moves to Florida to try to find out what happened to h...
  • TL
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:).---Not bad but ultimately failed to wow me *shrugs* Aah well.
  • Katie
    Well I love the authors previous books but I did not enjoy this one. The frantic nature of the entire book wore me out. I did finish it but only because I had to know the ending.
  • Emily
    This book was so confusing. It set up a great mystery that started out as beach-read style fun and then turned into an intense thriller in the last 2 chapters. The last sentence of the epilogue has me really confused, to the point that I'm wondering if I should have read another book as a background. It was also confusing in the constant twists and turns and back and forth narrations. Normally, I like this in a book, but I found myself getting lo...
  • Barb
    Virginia isn't really sure who to trust, or what to believe. Her estranged husband, Simon, has died in a fire at his home in Cocoa Beach. She decides to travel from New York to Florida to settle his estate and put her affairs in order. But Virginia suspects that the truth about what happened to her husband may not be what's been reported to her and the authorities. I realized while I was reading that this story has a 'something familiar feeling' ...
  • Amy
    A solid three. I like this author, preferred Coming of Age, my first novel of hers. This was the second. I began to get engaged in the twists and turns and the mystery, and the lush setting.I would consider this a poolside or beach read. Not a not to be missed. But I was glad to continue another aspect of the story from the recent first novel.
  • Caz
    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals, so that's 4.5 starsHaving very much enjoyed listening to The Wicked City earlier this year (and being a fan of this author’s alter-ego, Juliana Gray), I was keen to listen to Beatriz Williams’ latest offering, Cocoa Beach, which follows a young widow as she tries to discover the truth about the estranged husband who recently perished in a house fire at his Florida home. It ...
  • Tammy
    BW's latest is set in present day 1920's Florida flashing back to WWI where Virginia and Simons story began. I was looking for a light summery read when I picked this up its not really that. Filled with suspense and drama, it's chapter endings ask more questions than provide answers. It definitely keeps you guessing up until it's last chapters!
  • Bj
    5 "Discerning What is Real" Stars for the story and narration!Loved both the historical fiction and the mystery in this story. There are even elements of romance weaved in--though romance is definitely not one of the primary focuses of the book. The narration by Eva Kaminsky which seamlessly switches back and forth between English and American accents is also fabulous. Alex Wyndham performs a much smaller role but as always does a fantastic job.T...
  • The Lit Bitch
    I am a total fan girl of Beatriz Williams, let’s just get that out of the way right off the bat. I love her books. She has a beautiful, lyrical story telling style and I am almost always completely engrossed in her novels!This novel was all over my Twitter feed for weeks and I broke down and bought it because I couldn’t pass up such an interesting sounding novel plus it’s set in WWI so you know I was all over that!So I am not sure how to re...
  • Janelle
    This was the inaugural pick for Instagram's Salt Water Reads Book Club back in July and it was the PERFECT choice!Let me just say I have never read a Beatriz Williams book before and I am SO happy I finally did! I LOVED it! It combines two of my favorite genres: historical fiction and mystery. The writing style is compelling and I love the alternating chapters between Virginia's time in France and her time in Cocoa Beach. I found myself flipping ...
  • Tracy
    I love Beatriz Williams because she writes. She doesn't take 3, 4 or even 5 years to put out a book. She pumps them out every 6 months or so and they do not disappoint - at least in my opinion! I also love her because her books are not predictable in any way. I'm always guessing and trying to figure out what the heck is going on! This book tells the story of Virginia Fortescue, sister of Sophie from A Certain Age. Remember how her husband was alw...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    When I started to read Cocoa Beach did I not know that the previous two books A Certain Age, The Wicked City were loosely connected to this book. I only realized that when I started to read The Wicked City. Do I regret reading them in reversed order? Not at all, although I wish I could read them all again since I absolutely loved reading the books. Coca Beach takes place both in after-war Florida and on the battlefield of France during WW2. It's ...
  • Debbi DuBose
    I am so glad that I took a gamble and bought Beatriz Williams newest book: COCOA BEACH: A NOVEL. This turned out to be my favorite novel of hers, so far. My second most loved novel by Ms Williams is: ALONG THE INFINITE SEA, it takes place during and after WW Two. Her newest novel, just published this month, takes place in France between 1917 and 1919, and then in America. American, Virginia Fortescue, drives an ambulance through the muddy fields ...
  • Kate Olson
    Cocoa Beach is a lush story with an intriguing plot line that definitely kept me guessing. My problem with it was that I was SERIOUSLY left guessing at the so much that I feel like I missed an entire part of the book. Based on other reviews here I now know that this is because I didn't read another specific book of Williams', but since I didn't know it was in a series (but it ISN'T in a series?!?) I didn't read that one first. Oh we...
  • Kourtney • kourtneysbookshelf
    “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 BeachCocoa 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 ...
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    Virginia Fortescue's life hasn't really been easy. Her mother was murdered when she was just a child and obviously this has impacted her tremendously. As an adult, she has spent a lot of time driving ambulances in the war. While at the war, she met Dr. Simon Fitzwilliam and sparks flew. They got married and had a child, but things got complicated and they became estranged. Virginia gets news that Simon has died in a fire at his house in Florida. ...
  • Alyssa
    The only thing more interminable than Virginia Fitzwilliam's melodramatic saga was my attempt to read it. Normally, I'm a fan of Beatriz Williams' work. I've read everything else by her, and enjoyed it all. Devoured it, most often. But this book was an altogether different proposition. Not only was the plot inconceivably slow, but there was not a single important character that I felt any connection to whatsoever. I couldn't root for or against a...
  • Mona
    I loved all of Beatriz Williams other books and couldn't wait for her new one Cocoa Beach. The others I couldn't put down, this one I put down too often. The story line was twisted back and forth, with a confusing ending. Still wondering what the last scene meant???????
  • Judy Collins
    Review to follow!
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:I’d never received a compliment like that. Certainly not from a grown man, a man of mating age. I didn’t even know that kind of man, other than that he existed, a separate and untamed species, kept in another cage from mine on the opposite end of the zoo. And that was well enough with me. I had no interest in mating. Having survived such a childhood, I thought myself practical and resourceful – and I was, by God!Because whil...
  • Kelly
    Another highly enjoyable book by Beatriz Williams. Typical of her books, Cocoa Beach has plenty of scandals and secrets. Virginia met Captain Simon Fitzwilliam while she was an ambulance driver during the war in France. Five years later she and her daughter arrive in Cocoa Beach having been told that her estranged husband has died. Virginia seeks to learn more about Simon's life while they were apart. I did find this story a bit more confusing th...
  • Renee
    Since I can't just say, "Read it now. It's fabulous," I'm pounding out this review on a computer with an Internet connection that's tenuous at best to get this review posted on release day! I can't say enough about how Beatriz Williams grabs readers and pulls them into a story with her dramatic and breathtaking plots and stunning settings. From the streets of New York in A Certain Age, to Florida's tropical coast in Cocoa Beach, Williams pens sto...
  • Lindsey
    This is a book that I never would have picked up on my own. It was the first pick for the saltwaterreads Instagram book club. Even as I started reading it, I had my doubts about whether or not I'd like it. Once I made it a couple of chapters in I was hooked. Cocoa Beach is beautifully written and thoroughly researched. I never, ever saw that jaw dropping twist coming at the very end. I wasn't expecting it to be "that kind of book," so I was pleas...
  • Taylor (
    Flew through this. Full review coming to the blog soon!
  • Amanda
    Oh man! I can't give anything away so my review will just be my raving. This book is just perfect. I spent the entire book trying to put the pieces together. I didn't know who to love and who to hate. Who wasn't playing fair and who was honest. The end had me reading for four hours straight (and into the wee morning hours) just to finish and figure it all out. I loved it all!!! Prepare to be sucked in. This can be a stand alone book, but I highly...