Each of the three Schuyler sisters has her own world-class problems, but in the autumn of 1966, Pepper Schuyler’s problems are in a class of their own. When Pepper fixes up a beautiful and rare vintage Mercedes and sells it at auction, she thinks she’s finally found a way to take care of herself and the baby she carries, the result of an affair with a married, legendary politician.
But the car’s new owner turns out to have secrets of her own, and as the glamorous and mysterious Annabelle Dommerich takes pregnant Pepper under her wing, the startling provenance of this car comes to light: 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 from World War II 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.
Indomitable heroines, a dazzling world of secrets, champagne at the Paris Ritz, and a sweeping love story for the ages, in New York Times bestselling author Beatriz William’s final book about the Schuyler sisters.
Having listened to Tiny Little Thing which is the second book about the Schuyler sisters I was excited to listen to Along the Infinite Sea as well. As a note though these books do stand quite well on their own. I also love to listen to books narrated by Kathleen McInerney and will jump at a chance to do so. This book comes in at 15 hours and 30 minutes but listening to a performance by her goes by so quickly. I truly become lost in the books she narrates.
In this story we are swept from 1960’s America to World War II and it is dazzling. In the present we have Pepper and true to form Pepper is in a tad bit of trouble. She’s pregnant, has no place to go, and is being chased by the baby’s father. While she may not have much she does have a rare vintage Mercedes that she’s managed to sell at auction. The new owner Annabelle Dommerich reads Pepper very well and offers her a place to stay. In doing so the story unfolds further and we travel back in time with Annabelle to a time when she was married to a Nazi but had a Jewish lover. Annabelle’s story is a love story that sacrifices all and lasts a lifetime. Both of these women have issues in their past that need sorting in order for both to move forward with their lives.
Beatriz Williams has become a favorite author of mine. I’ve read/listened to a few of her books now and I always find them to be a wonderful escape from life for a while. Recommended for those who love women’s fiction!