Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams

Title: Along the Infinite Sea
Author: Beatriz Williams
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: November 3, 2015
Source: Publisher

What's the Story?:

From "In the autumn of 1966, Pepper Schuyler's problems are in a class of their own. To find a way to take care of herself and the baby she carries—the result of an affair with a married, legendary politician—she fixes up a beautiful and rare vintage Mercedes and sells it at auction. 

But the car's new owner, the glamorous Annabelle Dommerich, has her own secrets: a Nazi husband, a Jewish lover, a flight from Europe, and a love so profound it transcends decades. As the many threads of Annabelle's life before the Second World War stretch out to entangle Pepper in 1960s America, and the father of her unborn baby tracks her down to a remote town in coastal Georgia, the two women must come together to face down the shadows of their complicated pasts."

My Two Cents:

"Along the Infinite Sea" is a historical fiction that focuses on two women: one who is unmarried and pregnant in the 1960s and one who has an amazing past that consists of love, hard choices, and escaping from the Nazis in late-1930s Europe. This is the third book in the Schuyler Sisters series by Beatriz Williams but totally stands on its own. This book really did make me want to go back and read the other books in this series. This one is a great story with many twists and turns.

Pepper and Annabelle are both great characters. Pepper is happy to move to the beat of her own job. She is pregnant and unmarried but doesn't let it bother her even if it seems to bother so many around her. After she restores an old car with a storied past, she finds the original owner, Annabelle. Annabelle is a great character in her own right. She is a woman torn between love and safety and the stakes are very high in her world. Watching how both of these characters navigate their difficulties in this book was so fascinating!

The historical detail was good. While I enjoyed Pepper's story, there was really something special about Annabelle's story. It was so exciting and the detail really made her plight come to life for me. So much of the historical fiction that I have read seems to be set after 1940. I really liked getting the glimpse of the late 1930s as Europe really began to change.



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