I was at a party with my son and his wife two years ago when a young couple came up and introduced themselves. Their names were Sydney and Beatriz Williams. Beatriz told us about a book she’d just finished and was about to publish. The book, “Overseas,” published by G.P. Putnam, is about a girl in her 20s working in 2007 as an analyst at a New York investment banking firm. She meets a mysterious billionaire hedge fund operator who’s working on a deal with her firm.
The heroine, Kate, falls in love with the billionaire Englishman, Julian Ashford, little suspecting they have a shared past. In fact she had a prior existence during the First World War and Julian is a time traveler from 1916, seeking to reconnect with “the enchanting woman who emerged from the shadows of the Great War to save his life.”
Six months later I saw a promotional poster for the book in the window of Rainy Day Books in Fairway, which included a photo of Mrs. Williams.
In the meantime, “Overseas” had become a runaway success and Mrs. Williams, a stay-at-home-mom with four young children, was headed for the New York Times Best Sellers List. Continue reading