Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
Beatriz Williams’ books-they are, in a word, riveting! I love the time period, the elegant settings, the well-crafted story. It was truly a good day when Along the Infinite Sea arrived in the new books box at the Library!
I met the Schuyler sisters in The Secret Life of Violet Grant, and then got to know them better in Tiny Little Thing. Along the Infinite Sea gives us the third sister-Pepper. Pepper is single, carrying the child of a famous, married politician, and has just fixed up an old Mercedes Benz to sell, thinking the profits will take care of her and her baby. Annabelle Dommerich buys the car, and takes in Pepper. The story that unfolds surrounds the secrets of the car’s past, and why its possession is so important to Annabelle.
Williams alternates between Pepper’s quagmire in the 1960s and Annabelle’s original introduction to the car during the 1930s, unfolding the story from alternating points of view. Much as I find Pepper to be a crackerjack, I really enjoyed Annabelle’s story and her love triangle, finding it richer, more captivating, and evocative of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.