Reviewed by Bethany Kelly
I was very excited to read A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams, but it was nothing like I expected. Not to say that Williams isn’t a good writer, but I just wasn’t interested in the overall story line.
An older, married woman, Theresa Marshall, is having an affair with a much younger man, Octavian Rofrano. Although her husband keeps a mistress, and it doesn’t seem to matter to him that she is stepping out on him with a different man, her brother’s re-appearance complicates matters.
When her brother, Ox, decides to ask a girl to marry him according to family tradition – by using a cavalier – Theresa volunteers Octavian for the job. Unfortunately, this rash decision changes her already shaky relationship with Octavian when he becomes enamored with Ox’s betrothed, Sophie.
The love triangle between Octavian, Theresa, and Sophie leads to a shocking discovery – one that will force Theresa to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life.
When I heard of the book, I was excited because of the fact that it was set in the 1920s. I’ve always loved books set in that era, and I had hoped that this one wouldn’t be any different. Although Williams is a fantastic, and lyrical, writer, I had a difficult time getting into this book. I didn’t particularly like Theresa, the main character, and I didn’t like the fact that adultery seemed to be okay.
I think the thing that I liked the least about this book was the idea of the cavalier. It was very difficult for me to imagine a man asking a woman to marry him for another man. Maybe I am just close-minded, but this bothered me. If you want to ask someone to marry you, don’t send someone else to do the dirty work.
As I previously stated, Williams is a very talented writer but I just didn’t care for the premise of this story. Not to mention the fact that I didn’t like any of the characters in this book. I didn’t relate to them as I was hoping to be able to.
This may be a great read for someone else, but unfortunately, it wasn’t for me.
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Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.