Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from William Morrow in exchange for my honest review (and trust me, honest is always what you’ll get).
Review: Having fallen in love so completely with the writing of Beatriz Williams in Along the Infinite Sea, I was thrilled and eager to have the opportunity to read and review her latest, A Certain Age. And it did not disappoint! It felt quite different from the previous book, which I very much appreciate, but the quality of the writing never wavered. Without a doubt, Ms. Williams knows how to write a character-driven story. I loved them all, except the one who I forgave at the end, if begrudgingly (you’ll know to whom I’m referring once you read the book, which undoubtedly you should!).
While the characters certainly make the story, there is no lack of plot. So much is being worked out through the book, from so many different angles, that at the end I was left wondering if it would be more fair to call it historical fiction or historical mystery or…I just don’t know. Because though it starts out at a rather gingerly pace (all that lovely character building!), it all unravels rather quickly at the end. There is definitely a bit of a mystery to it, but since that isn’t the central plot – historical fiction it is.
One thing worth noting: this is a multiple narrator book. There are a few central characters whose points of view we get to enjoy along the way and as the mystery unfolds towards the end, just when it feels as if all will be known, we get a new narrator who adds more texture to the overall situation. Some people might not like this, and I don’t think it works in all cases, but it certainly worked in this one. In fact, that approach did a beautiful job of creating the little bit of suspense present at the end of the book.
This is the second Beatriz Williams novel I have enjoyed and it will certainly not be the last. In fact, just yesterday I bought A Hundred Summers, so…yeah, I see lots of Ms. Williams in my reading future. 😉