Mrs. Theresa Marshall has it all at 44. A
5th Avenue residence and a showplace in Southhampton, along
with being rich
and well pedigreed in New York 20th Century WASP society.
She stands by her philandering husband, Sylvo, who she knows
has had a mistress since they married. Enter, war hero,
ace pilot who lives to tell his story. Young, handsome
Captain Octavian Rofrano quickly becomes her twice-a-week
lover. She calls him Boy. Did I mention he
was young? He is 22 and their sexual attraction sizzles!
Octavian, though inexperienced but proper, wants her to
obtain a divorce and marry him.
However, a woman with
her social standing and fabulous wealth does not need to
divorce as she and Sylvo have an understanding. You can
cheat but be discreet. This is the first part of the love
triangle...Older woman with a young man, Mrs. Marshall and
Her brother, Jay, or Ox, as she calls him is a bachelor, man
about town who is almost past his bloom. He is pedigreed,
drinks too much and has no money. He meets 19 year old
Sophie Fortescue, heiress to her inventor father's' fortune.
She is lovely, innocent, and unsophisticated. Her
inheritance adds a lot to his attraction and Ox needs to
share his intentions with Theresa, his beloved sister.
he tells Theresa that he has fallen in love and wishes to
marry Sophie, she is pleased and wants to help. She coaxes
Ox to be romantic and urges him to send a Cavalier with an
engagement ring to propose to Sophie on his behalf. She
sends Octavian as the Cavalier and when he presents Sophie
with a gorgeous engagement ring and a formal request for
marriage to Ox, the sparks fly! The second part of the
love triangle....young woman with an older man. Sophie and
The roaring 1920's era in Manhattan is filled with booze,
adultery, glitz and glamour set in an unforgettable time.
Jazz is the music of the day and speakeasies with gin is
where the action is. Scandals, a long ago unsolved murder,
dubbed as "The Trial of the Century" is solved. Filled with
lies, secrets and betrayals, the plot weaves through twists
and turns with an ending filled with surprises. I loved
this book, as I have all of Beatriz William's offerings. A
special talent who takes me on delightful journeys, meeting
characters I sometimes love, sometimes hate.
A CERTAIN AGE is based on Richard Strauss's Opera DER
ROSENKAVALIER which enacts a struggle between the old and
the new, both with money, youth and maturity. Along with a
rivalry between a beautiful young virgin and a woman of "a
certain age." It was pure magic. I am still
thinking about it long after I turned the last page,
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
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 ingénue, 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.