HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Beatriz Williams

Internationally Bestselling Author


  • An Evening with Beatriz Williams
  • Twentieth Century History
  • The Craft of Storytelling
  • The Changing Cultural Status of Women in Historical Context



Beatriz Williams is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of The Summer Wives, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, A Hundred Summers, A Certain Age, and several other works of historical fiction. A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, Williams worked as a communications and corporate strategy consultant in New York and London before she turned her attention to writing novels that combine her passion for history with an obsessive devotion to voice and characterization.

A passionate student of history, Williams aims to immerse her readers in an experience that sends them to another time and place and invite them to understand that world as a vital glass through which to understand our own. Williams’ books have won numerous awards, have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and appear regularly in bestseller lists around the world.

Williams is a dynamic and engaging speaker, and audiences will find the same insightful wit in her presentations as they do on the page. Presenting on topics ranging from twentieth century history to the craft of storytelling, Williams is especially passionate in discussion the changing cultural status of women in historical context. She frequently appears at conferences, libraries, bookstores, historical societies, and other public and private forums.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Williams now lives near the Connecticut shore with her husband and four children, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.

Praise for Beatriz Williams:

“Williams’ particular gift as a writer is peeling back the pages of history to breathe life into the interior lives of women — how they lived, loved, and lost within the expectations and limitations of their time.”
--Entertainment Weekly

Praise for The Summer Wives:

An instant New York Times bestseller, debuting at #7 on the hardcover list

Named a “Best Book of Summer” by Goodreads, Buzzfeed, PopSugar, Bookish, BookBub, Kirkus, and more

A Book of the Month Club selection for July

An Amazon Editor’s Pick for July

A SkimmReads pick

“The Summer Wives is an exquisitely rendered novel that tackles two of my favorite topics: love and money. The glorious setting and drama are enriched by Williams’s signature vintage touch. It’s at the top of my picks for the beach this summer.”
--Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Perfect Couple

The Summer Wives will give you the full order… Think: cocktails, sailing, croquet. A woman who visits as a teen falls in love with a local… who is later accused of murdering her stepfather. Intrigue, served.”

“With The Summer Wives, she has perhaps crafted her most evocative and stirring novel yet... Williams has crafted a kaleidoscope of a novel – a mystery, a romance, and an utterly beguiling examination of the cost of secrets. With its pulsing period atmosphere, The Summer Wives is a startling portrait of the courage it requires to make your own second chances — and embrace them open-heartedly knowing full well they could slip through your fingers in an instant.”
--Entertainment Weekly

“[A] satisfying simmer of a read”
--USA Today

“This book is what the term "beach read" was made for.”

“Romance, class issues, dark secrets, and murder—it’s all here in this deliciously rich novel.”

“Get swept away to the exclusive shores of Winthrop Island… Exploring issues of money, class, and power, The Summer Wives is a compulsively readable story that will make you swear you can smell the salt air.”

“Longtime Williams fans, readers of historical fiction and mysteries, and anyone seeking engaging plot twists will find satisfaction in these pages.”
-- Booklist

“With just the right touch of bitters, Williams mixes a satisfyingly tempestuous—and eminently beachworthy—[follow-up] to her beloved Schuyler Sisters series.”
--Kirkus (starred review)

“Engrossing and gripping, you will finish this book in one sitting.”
-- St. Louis Post Dispatch

"Another hot book for summer from the prolific Williams... A romantic, multilayered tale.”
--Philadelphia Inquirer

“The author displays a mastery of character building while thoughtfully planting evocative details about the setting and the era’s social structures.”
--Library Journal

“Delving into the inner sanctum of wealthy families to expose the dark sides of their lives is something Williams excels at…As always the backdrop is well drawn and the plot compelling, making this a hard-to-put-down read and one you’ll want to savor.”
--RT Book Reviews

Praise for Cocoa Beach:

“Williams’ story, a rich brew of suspicion and intensity, also has a flavor of Daphne du Maurier, with its Cornish roots, dubious housekeeper, and embattled heroine . . . Williams spins a good, spirited yarn.”
-- Kirkus

“. . . A gripping novel of scandal and suspense. Williams is at the top of her game, crafting an engrossing beach read with enough twists and turns, action and surprises to keep anyone riveted. Florida in the summer was never more intriguing.”
-- RT Book Reviews

“[Beatriz Williams is] a master of the historical fiction genre . . . COCOA BEACH is a breathtaking family drama that moves from the battlefields of World War I France to the sun-soaked beaches of Prohibition Era Florida.”
-- Shelf Awareness

“If you aren’t actually traveling to Florida this summer, picking up Beatriz Williams’ latest just might be the next best thing . . . If you’re hankering for a Prohibition-era romp through Florida with a healthy dose of intrigue, look no further.”
-- Bookish

“Williams has gained a solid reputation with readers for her gracefully written historical fiction, and COCOA BEACH is an excellent example of her ability to flawlessly marry a finely honed plot rich in unexpected twists and turns with a full cadre of richly nuanced characters…Readers who enjoy novels with a strong sense of place and time will especially savor William’s latest masterwork . . .”
-- Reader to Reader

Praise for Wicked City:

Named Best Historical Fiction of 2017 by RT Book Reviews

“Wickedly intoxicating…There is a fast-rising star in the literary world and her name is Beatriz Williams.”
--Huffington Post

“Williams again shows her mastery of creating two stories in distinct time periods…A smart suggestion for fans of strong female characters, historical fiction, and family sagas.”
-- Library Journal

“The two women leap off the page with a clarity and strength of purpose that is rare in stories. The connections forged between them across the decades is a journey of discovery for the reader.”
--All About Romance

Praise for A Certain Age:

“Like catnip for “The Great Gatsby” lovers…a gripping tale of scandal and hedonism.”
--Washington Post

“A world filled with elegance, charm, and bygone manners… No-one does it better.”
--Kirkus Book Reviews

“Deliciously scandalous and elegantly written… a thoroughly satisfying love story.”
-- Shelf Awareness

“Williams has a gift for creating fascinating storylines, memorable characters and allowing the atmosphere of the era to permeate every page.”
--RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick