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Along the Infinite Sea

by Beatriz Williams

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Certainly not an original story but the author did a nice job of telling it again. I was hoping for a book that was a bit heavier historically and a bit lighter romantically and unfortunately the opposite was the case but it was still a nice read. ( )
  Iudita | Jul 4, 2017 |
This is book number three about the Schuyler sisters, and the first book I've read. It can be read as a standalone. The book goes back and forth between Annabelle's life in Europe just before World War II and Pepper's life in America in 1966.

Pepper Schuyler fixes up a rare 1936 Special Roadster Mercedes and sells it at an auction. The mother-to-be is too proud to ask her family for help and the father of her child is a married politician who doesn't want anyone to know about the pregnancy. Pepper believes she can do things on her own and that the large sum of money will take care of her baby.

Annabelle Dommerich has just bought back the car she used to drive out of Nazi Germany. Having a past that includes a Nazi husband and a Jewish lover, Annabelle is no stranger to having secrets of her own. She takes young Pepper under her wing - she gives her a place to stay and someone to talk to.

This book was extremely well-written. The characters, the setting - everything came to life. Annabelle's story had a lot of depth and I loved reading about her life. There were definitely a lot of different emotions while reading this!

I received a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it, although it would probably be helpful to read some of the author's other books which involve the Schuyler sisters. Two complaints: I realize that people used to smoke a lot more than they do now, but the inordinate emphasis on the characters' smoking habits got to be kind of ridiculous (I made this comment about one of Williams' other books as well); and the gap between where the main story of Annabelle Dommerich ended in 1938 and picked up again in 1966 was summarized in about 3 pages and didn't address a lot of questions that I, and probably many other readers, have about what happened to these people during all of those intervening years - kind of annoying. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Nov 1, 2016 |
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Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
Author of A Hundred Summers and The Secret Life of Violet Grant
Putnam 2015

I have never been a fan of the books or movies that follow the life of an object: the pants that get traded from one person to another or the mysterious box that curses every person who ends up being suckered into buying the darned thing. The connection between characters is too weak, the conceit too visible for my tastes.

This work, however, takes that premise and adds a twist. When a classic convertible is sold by a woman who has dedicated quite some time and effort to restoring the vehicle, the buyer turns out to be a woman who used the car to flee from the Third Reich and all its attenuating despair.
At heart, this work is a romance that weaves together two stores. One of a modern woman who became involved with a politician (another powerful figure, albeit in modern times) and one who became involved with a Nazi (who held a much more sinister type of power, and one that we all hope will continue to exist only in the past).

When the two women meet to transfer ownership of the car, they embark on a road trip that takes them down the roads of their own personal histories. One is far in the past and one more recent.
These parallel journeys should work better than they do. Part of the problem is that the work is written with a style that mirrors much of the contemporary romance genre, and isn't terribly interested in depth. Details, yes...and that is where this particular story really shines.

The stories of each woman are well worth the time involved in engaging with the narrative. The ending is not a tight wrapup of all that came before, which asks a bit more of readers, and allows them to overlay their own desires for each character onto the story.

So overall, this is an engaging read that has much to offer in part because it doesn't fit into the typical romance or women's fiction plot that is so overdone. Quite an original concept!

4 stars!

For a different type of road journey that reveals much about the life of an individual left bereft by events outside their control, try [b:The Family Made of Dust: A Novel of Loss and Rebirth in the Australian Outback|31692655|The Family Made of Dust A Novel of Loss and Rebirth in the Australian Outback|Laine Cunningham|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1472357358s/31692655.jpg|6308645], winner of two national awards. ( )
  Laine-Cunningham | Oct 4, 2016 |
This enthralling historical novel has it all: intrigue, love and betrayal. It begins in pre-WWII Europe and travels three decades entwining with the story of a young unmarried mother-to-be in America.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Sep 22, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399171312, Hardcover)

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.

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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.… (more)

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