Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It's the mid-1960's and Pepper Schuyler, unmarried and pregnant, has just sold a rare antique Mercedes that she's restored and is meeting the new owner, Annabelle Dommerich. Annabelle tells her that the car had originally belonged to her husband, and she whisks Pepper away to her Florida home. As the two women become friends, they share their secrets. The story is told in tandem narration. Annabelle, a minor French princess, has a clandestine affair, and marries when she becomes pregnant. Her story, which takes place in France and Germany as WWII is developing, involves a Nazi general, a Jewish resistance fighter, a prison break, and a desperate flight across Europe. Pepper's story unfolds as she recalls her misguided affair with her boss, a married and prominent politician. The two women become friends as they recognize parallels in their life stories.
I enjoyed this novel, and liked both protagonists. I was surprised on some levels by the ending, but after reflection, decided it made a much better ending than the one I thought I wanted.
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