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Unbezähmbare Heldinnen, eine Welt voller Geheimnisse und eine Liebe, so stark, dass sie Jahrzehnte überdauerte Pepper Schuyler war schon immer eine Klasse für sich – und das sind auch die Probleme, mit denen sie sich im Herbst 1966 konfrontiert sieht. Nachdem sie einen alten Mercedes Roadster restauriert und versteigert hat, hofft sie auf eine sichere Zukunft für sich und i Unbezähmbare Heldinnen, eine Welt voller Geheimnisse und eine Liebe, so stark, dass sie Jahrzehnte überdauerte Pepper Schuyler war schon immer eine Klasse für sich – und das sind auch die Probleme, mit denen sie sich im Herbst 1966 konfrontiert sieht. Nachdem sie einen alten Mercedes Roadster restauriert und versteigert hat, hofft sie auf eine sichere Zukunft für sich und ihr ungeborenes Baby, das Ergebnis einer Affäre mit einem einflussreichen, verheirateten Politiker. Doch die Käuferin Annabelle Dommerich hat ganz eigene Geheimnisse, und als sie Pepper unerwartet in ihr Haus in Florida einlädt, offenbart sich nach und nach die erstaunliche Herkunft des Wagens – und mit ihr die dramatische Geschichte einer Flucht aus Europa vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg und einer Liebe, die noch dreißig Jahre später alles verändern wird …

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Unbezähmbare Heldinnen, eine Welt voller Geheimnisse und eine Liebe, so stark, dass sie Jahrzehnte überdauerte Pepper Schuyler war schon immer eine Klasse für sich – und das sind auch die Probleme, mit denen sie sich im Herbst 1966 konfrontiert sieht. Nachdem sie einen alten Mercedes Roadster restauriert und versteigert hat, hofft sie auf eine sichere Zukunft für sich und i Unbezähmbare Heldinnen, eine Welt voller Geheimnisse und eine Liebe, so stark, dass sie Jahrzehnte überdauerte Pepper Schuyler war schon immer eine Klasse für sich – und das sind auch die Probleme, mit denen sie sich im Herbst 1966 konfrontiert sieht. Nachdem sie einen alten Mercedes Roadster restauriert und versteigert hat, hofft sie auf eine sichere Zukunft für sich und ihr ungeborenes Baby, das Ergebnis einer Affäre mit einem einflussreichen, verheirateten Politiker. Doch die Käuferin Annabelle Dommerich hat ganz eigene Geheimnisse, und als sie Pepper unerwartet in ihr Haus in Florida einlädt, offenbart sich nach und nach die erstaunliche Herkunft des Wagens – und mit ihr die dramatische Geschichte einer Flucht aus Europa vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg und einer Liebe, die noch dreißig Jahre später alles verändern wird …

30 review for Die letzten Stunden des Sommers: Roman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    This is the first Beatriz Williams novel I've read. The writing and storytelling is seductive. With two storylines (Europe in the 1930's , America in the 1960's), and two women narrators ( Annabelle and Pepper, with their personal complicated lives over a twenty year period), I was swept away into another time in history with two 'all-too-human' characters. Annabelle and Pepper meet at a car auction. Pepper bought and restored a Mercedes Benz that Annabelle had owned years ago - the car she drove This is the first Beatriz Williams novel I've read. The writing and storytelling is seductive. With two storylines (Europe in the 1930's , America in the 1960's), and two women narrators ( Annabelle and Pepper, with their personal complicated lives over a twenty year period), I was swept away into another time in history with two 'all-too-human' characters. Annabelle and Pepper meet at a car auction. Pepper bought and restored a Mercedes Benz that Annabelle had owned years ago - the car she drove out of Nazi Germany. Pepper was selling her vintage car ( soon to meet Annabelle who previously owned the car...the car which she drove out of Nazi Germany), because she is pregnant ( oops- from a brief sex-exchange with a powerful politician). Pepper didn't want to ask her father for financial help. Her parents are considered socially elite in New York. Pepper may have had too much pride to ask her family for help for she and her baby...but she accepts help from Annabelle. Annabelle still felt emotional attachment to the Mercedes Benz - and brings the car and Pepper back home. Pepper moves into her guest house. There friendship grows. Annabelle tells Pepper about her past history. When reading flashbacks about Annabelle' love relationships back in the 1930's --with her German husband and her Jewish lover... I was beginning to visualize this story on the big screen as a movie. Pepper is a little like her name ... Spicy-zesty-undaunted! Annabelle seems more the sympathetic character of the two...as we really felt her struggles from before arriving in the United States. (Scared, conflicted, and the courage it took for her to make choices she did). What I especially like is that Beatriz Williams artfully constructed this novel in a way that I barely felt I was reading at all.... just naturally soaking in the fragrance. Thank You Penguin Publishing, Netgalley, and Beatriz Williams. (I thoroughly enjoy this)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    4.5 stars! This was my first novel by Beatriz Williams and I was a bit nervous, because technically this book is the third in a series about a trio of sister's. I needn't have worried...it read like a standalone novel and now I absolutely need to read the others and basically anything else this author comes out with. This story is told in two separate storylines by two different women. Annabelle in Europe in the mid to late 1930's. And Pepper in America in 1966. During the summer of 1966, Pepper S 4.5 stars! This was my first novel by Beatriz Williams and I was a bit nervous, because technically this book is the third in a series about a trio of sister's. I needn't have worried...it read like a standalone novel and now I absolutely need to read the others and basically anything else this author comes out with. This story is told in two separate storylines by two different women. Annabelle in Europe in the mid to late 1930's. And Pepper in America in 1966. During the summer of 1966, Pepper Schuyler finds and restores a rare, vintage Mercedes which she then sells at auction. She's planning on using the money to take care of herself and the unborn child she carries, the result of an affair with a married politician. Her family, aside from her sister Tiny, know nothing of her condition. The purchaser of the Mercedes is Annabelle Dommerich and when the two of them meet, Annabelle takes Pepper under her wing. You slowly start to learn the story of Annabelle's past...a Nazi husband, a Jewish lover and a flight from Europe at the brink of war in the very same Mercedes. I loved the writing in this novel. Williams did an amazing job of weaving the two stories together. I felt myself more drawn in to Annabelle's story, but I adored Pepper's personality. She was feisty and stubborn but took responsibility for her mistakes and bad decisions. I was guessing pretty much the whole time about what had come of Annabelle's life...how she ended up where she was, the path her life took and the decisions she made. In the end, I really liked how the author ended Annabelle's story, though I wanted a bit more out of Pepper's. I want to know still how things end up going for her. I really enjoyed this! I will definitely be reading more from this author and soon I hope!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Esil

    Along the Infinite Sea verges on cheesy -- not the kind of book I can read regularly -- but the story and characters drew me in and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In alternating sections, it tells the parallel stories of two women who find themselves pregnant out of wedlock. Annabelle's story takes place in the mid to late 1930s in France and Germany. The story of Pepper takes place in the 1960s in the US, where she is taken in by Annabelle who tells her that she was once in the same boat and that she Along the Infinite Sea verges on cheesy -- not the kind of book I can read regularly -- but the story and characters drew me in and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In alternating sections, it tells the parallel stories of two women who find themselves pregnant out of wedlock. Annabelle's story takes place in the mid to late 1930s in France and Germany. The story of Pepper takes place in the 1960s in the US, where she is taken in by Annabelle who tells her that she was once in the same boat and that she wants to help her out. As the two parallel narratives unfold, we come to learn how both women got into their respective situations and how they coped. There are complicated romances and politics. Both women are smart and have strong personalities. I found myself enjoying Annabelle's story more -- it was more substantial, held some surprises and had her trying to figure out what was what in a world gone awry. Pepper's narrative was a bit flatter and more predictable. But the stories end up coming together nicely. A surprisingly enjoyable read. My tolerance for sentimental historical fiction is quite low, but this one really worked for me. I'm going to look for the other books in what I now understand is a series. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams is a 2016 Berkley publication. Both Annabelle and Pepper are strong women who are facing or have faced adversity, and showed real temerity when staring down danger for the sake of their children. I loved both these women and am so happy they connected. I have a feeling these two will be the best of friends… or maybe even family someday. Overall, this is a beautiful and epic love story that transcends time, written with perfect pacing and vivid characteri Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams is a 2016 Berkley publication. Both Annabelle and Pepper are strong women who are facing or have faced adversity, and showed real temerity when staring down danger for the sake of their children. I loved both these women and am so happy they connected. I have a feeling these two will be the best of friends… or maybe even family someday. Overall, this is a beautiful and epic love story that transcends time, written with perfect pacing and vivid characterizations that gives the reader a passport to the past and takes them on heart pounding and poignant journey that ends in the most surprising and pleasing way imaginable. 5 stars This review is the copyrighted property of Night Owl Reviews. To read the full review, click on this link: https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Re...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angela M

    This just wasn't my cup of tea even though there is a lot to like about the two main characters , Pepper and Annabelle. It's about two women in two different times , trying to manage their out of wedlock pregnancies and love lives . I found Annabelle's story to be more interesting than Pepper's . There seemed to be more substance there , maybe having to do with the time, what was happening to Jews in Europe in the 1930's as opposed to Pepper's story in the 1960's . But even that didn't do much t This just wasn't my cup of tea even though there is a lot to like about the two main characters , Pepper and Annabelle. It's about two women in two different times , trying to manage their out of wedlock pregnancies and love lives . I found Annabelle's story to be more interesting than Pepper's . There seemed to be more substance there , maybe having to do with the time, what was happening to Jews in Europe in the 1930's as opposed to Pepper's story in the 1960's . But even that didn't do much to much to make it any less soap opera like . It was predictable and I would dub it historical chick lit . Having said that , I still will give it 3 stars since I have to admit I wanted to see the story through . Thanks to PENGUIN GROUP Putnam and NetGalley.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Beatriz Williams delivers another winner in the latest installment of the Schuyler Sisters series. "Along the Infinite Sea" provides readers with two parallel stories -- the late 1930's story of Annabelle Dommerich in a Europe that is heading for war, and the mid-1960's story of Pepper Schuyler, the feisty daughter of a prominent NYC family entangled in an affair with a legendary politician. In "Sea" Williams does what she does best -- gives readers smart, resourceful, headstrong female protagoni Beatriz Williams delivers another winner in the latest installment of the Schuyler Sisters series. "Along the Infinite Sea" provides readers with two parallel stories -- the late 1930's story of Annabelle Dommerich in a Europe that is heading for war, and the mid-1960's story of Pepper Schuyler, the feisty daughter of a prominent NYC family entangled in an affair with a legendary politician. In "Sea" Williams does what she does best -- gives readers smart, resourceful, headstrong female protagonists with moxie (no shrinking violets here!), mixes in a good love story complete with moral ambiguity, throws in some mystery to keep readers guessing, and ties it up in a "historical fiction lite" package so that we learn something along the way. It's not the kind of book I like to read all the time, but it definitely hits the spot when I'm in the mood. 4 solid stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brandice

    I really enjoyed Along the Infinite Sea, the first Beatriz Williams book I've read. The book includes two story lines: Annabelle in the 1930s, as she works to escape Nazi Germany and is caught in a sort of love triangle, and Pepper in the 1960s, who is looking for a solution to a bad decision she made. Ultimately, the stories merge. The ending was not what I predicted as I read closer to finishing the book, but I enjoyed it and thought the story tied up nicely. I didn't realize this book was par I really enjoyed Along the Infinite Sea, the first Beatriz Williams book I've read. The book includes two story lines: Annabelle in the 1930s, as she works to escape Nazi Germany and is caught in a sort of love triangle, and Pepper in the 1960s, who is looking for a solution to a bad decision she made. Ultimately, the stories merge. The ending was not what I predicted as I read closer to finishing the book, but I enjoyed it and thought the story tied up nicely. I didn't realize this book was part of a series re: the Schuyler sisters, but did not feel I was missing any important information as I read. I didn't know it was part of a series until after I'd finished it. I like historical fiction and the plot of this book drew me to wanting to read it, on its own. I will definitely read more from Beatriz Williams.

  8. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    Confession: I did not want to read this book. It just sounded a little blah to me. The setting sounded random as did the time periods, and the romance sounded cliche….so I wasn’t overly enthused to read it. But I agreed to do a review anyway on a chance that it might be ‘decent’……I had heard a lot about William’s writing style and was at least willing to give it a shot, especially since I like war time novels/romances. Well readers…I was completely blown away! This book was phenomenal. I loved Wi Confession: I did not want to read this book. It just sounded a little blah to me. The setting sounded random as did the time periods, and the romance sounded cliche….so I wasn’t overly enthused to read it. But I agreed to do a review anyway on a chance that it might be ‘decent’……I had heard a lot about William’s writing style and was at least willing to give it a shot, especially since I like war time novels/romances. Well readers…I was completely blown away! This book was phenomenal. I loved William’s writing style, it literally roped me in hook line and sinker right off the bat. It was lyrical, mystical, and literally just begging to be read. I was completely wrapped up in the story from the very beginning. I loved how we got right into Annabelle’s story almost right away. She was alluring and mysterious…..while she was naive and young at the beginning of the novel, there was an air about her character that suggested she was wise beyond her years. I loved seeing how she evolved and changed as life ‘happened’ to her. I really felt like I was growing with her character. The story between Annabelle, Johann, and Stefan was intriguing and begged the readers interest. I mean how could you not want to know how this unexpected romance turned out or how it came to be in the first place? Rich Jew versus a Nazi General? I was dying to know how this whole thing came about and if there might be a happy ending because frankly I wasn’t sure if that was coming or not because it seemed unlikely! The ending was perfect….literally perfect. I loved how it all turned out for Annabelle. I wasn’t crazy about Pepper’s character at first. I thought she was a little bratty and just had a chip on her shoulder but at the same time, I admired her spirit in the face of social ruin. By the end of the book I started warming up to her and was eager to see a happy ending for her too. This book was wonderful. The writing style was beautiful and the romance appropriate and alluring….not to mention the backdrop was perfect. I liked the time distance between what happened just before the war and the fall of of the decisions people make and how the continue to shape their lives even into the 1960s. I can’t say enough good things about this book, it just made my heart happy. I loved it. This wasn’t the ‘gut wrenching, heart breaking novel’ that it could have been……it easily could have been a heart breaker but it wasn’t, the ending was so fitting. I did not know this was a ‘series’ sort of . It looks like William’s wrote some other books about the Schuyler sisters and this was the final ‘Schuyler Sister‘ book. Well now that I know that….I went on and bought the first book in the series (The Secret Life of Violet Grant). If it’s anything like this novel I am sure I will love it too! See my full review here

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Jeffers

    I’m an unabashed fan of Beatriz Williams’s soapish, melodramatic historical novels. She does what often gets derided as “chick lit” so well. Her books toe the edge of fluffy, but they’re fairly well-written and incredibly engaging. She’s good at laying out a twisty plot without giving away all the secrets too early or making those twists too obvious or trite. They’re just fun to read. So this is the third novel about the Schuyler sisters and a more-or-less direct follow-up to Tiny Little Thing. I’m an unabashed fan of Beatriz Williams’s soapish, melodramatic historical novels. She does what often gets derided as “chick lit” so well. Her books toe the edge of fluffy, but they’re fairly well-written and incredibly engaging. She’s good at laying out a twisty plot without giving away all the secrets too early or making those twists too obvious or trite. They’re just fun to read. So this is the third novel about the Schuyler sisters and a more-or-less direct follow-up to Tiny Little Thing. For what it’s worth, I definitely recommend reading Tiny first because that’s where all the set-up lies and because it’s, frankly, a much better book. (This book, like Tiny and Violet Grant, also features a nod to characters from A Hundred Summers, though it’s not necessary to read that one to follow what’s going on.) Infinite Sea picks up the story of the third Schuyler sister, Pepper, who made a small appearance in Tiny, in which she discovered an old car at her in-laws’ and used it as her catalyst out of that book and into this one. Here, she decides to sell the restored Roadster to fund her impending new life as a single-mother-to-be. The buyer turns out to be the car’s original owner, Annabelle Dommerich, who in turn takes Pepper home so that Pepper can figure out her shit and slowly reveal Annabelle’s tragic love story to the readers. This one was kind of a mixed bag for me, for a lot of reasons. For one thing, it didn’t make any sense to me that Annabelle would randomly decide to take Pepper home with her like a stray puppy. And Pepper’s story was incredibly dull. She honestly just served as an explicative tool to gradually draw out Annabelle’s story, and didn’t do anything interesting until more than halfway through the book. She deserved better. To be fair, Annabelle’s story was much more compelling. Williams alternated narration between the two women, going back and forth between early-twenties Annabelle in just-barely-pre-war France and Germany, and middle aged Annabelle helping Pepper out in 1960s Florida. Annabelle buys the car from Pepper for a small fortune because she has an emotional attachment to it – she describes it as the car in which she drove out of Nazi Germany, and that a piece of her heart was left behind in Europe. Her flashback narration reveals a love triangle full of mystery, regret, and intrigue set in a world that is rapidly falling apart. Faced with a series of nearly impossible choices, Annabelle is a wholly sympathetic character determined to stay strong. Williams constantly left me uncertain as to exactly how the whole thing would play out, and I really couldn’t wait to see what would happen. But then there’s the ending. (view spoiler)[ After all that, Johann just decides that he’s going to help Annabelle and Stefan? Stefan decides he’s going to stay in Germany, Annabelle decides to stay married to Johann, and they don’t see each other for another 30 years? (hide spoiler)] Honestly, it felt like she realized that she’d gotten to 460+ pages and decided to just go ahead and write the epilogue. I think fans of Williams’ previous work will likely enjoy this book. There’s lots of little nods to those previous works that fans will surely appreciate, and Annabelle’s half of the narrative is perhaps one of the strongest plots Williams has written to date. The Pepper plot dragged too much, though, and parts of it occasionally felt a little too forced so it’s hard for me to recommend this one too enthusiastically.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Crytzer Fry

    This is the first book by Beatriz Williams I have read, and something about it was compulsively readable (Case in point: generally when I read at night, I get sleepy … but this book kept me wide-eyed). This dual-narrative, dual-time period novel is, at its most basic level, a love story/romance. (Ironically, I don’t consider myself a reader of either genre – but when it’s done well … let’s face it … who can resist a good love story?). But this novel also is much more. It’s historical fiction and This is the first book by Beatriz Williams I have read, and something about it was compulsively readable (Case in point: generally when I read at night, I get sleepy … but this book kept me wide-eyed). This dual-narrative, dual-time period novel is, at its most basic level, a love story/romance. (Ironically, I don’t consider myself a reader of either genre – but when it’s done well … let’s face it … who can resist a good love story?). But this novel also is much more. It’s historical fiction and upmarket women’s fiction verging on literary (I disagree with other reviewers who dub this author’s writing “historical chick lit.” The word choices and sensory descriptions are meticulous and thoughtful. The “show don’t tell” aspect is exemplary. The weaving of the two time periods is portrayed with an expert hand. The technique of telling a pivotal plot point on page one, then filling in the details for the reminder of the book was handled with incredible skill). The true strength of this book lies in the author’s ability to keep the reader guessing about a very key question. I’ve honestly never seen it done so well (In my own mind, the ‘conclusions’ I drew jostled back and forth so many times, I had some whiplash – of the enjoyable ‘reader variety.’ I cannot say enough about this aspect of the book). My 4 vs. a 5 rating is due to some character actions that I felt were plot contrivances more than anything else – though I, like so many others, was willing to suspend disbelief and still thoroughly enjoy the novel. I would definitely read this author’s work again (and though I understand this book is a continuation of characters in the author’s previous work, it is not necessary to have read them). Thanks, Hallie, for the giveaway! I was not disappointed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Pepper is back and as usual something is brewing. The brew is that she is pregnant and has no place to go. Pepper did have some money, though, because she found an old Mercedes at her sister's home, got it in perfect working order, and sold it. Little did Pepper know that the car and Annabelle, the woman who bought the car, had a colorful and intense history of love, loss, and complications that involved the car. What secrets do both Annabelle and Pepper have? Will they both reveal them after Anna Pepper is back and as usual something​ is brewing. The brew is that she is pregnant and has no place to go. Pepper did have some money, though, because she found an old Mercedes at her sister's home, ​got it in perfect working order, and sold it. Little did Pepper know that the car and Annabelle, the woman who bought the car, had a colorful and intense history of love, loss, and complications that involved the car. What secrets do both Annabelle and Pepper have? ​Will they both reveal them after Annabelle Dommerich takes Pepper with her to her home? Will they be able to share their secrets since after one day at Annabelle's, Pepper finds that Annabelle has disappeared on one of her trips with no return date leaving Pepper at the house with Annabelle's housekeeper and dogs. ALONG THE INFINITE SEA has beautiful descriptions, wonderful characters, secrets that everyone likes to hear, and amazing characters. Annabelle is a character you can't help but love. Pepper is fun and both Annabelle and Pepper are quite likable yet very mysterious.​ When Alice arrives, the story gets even more interesting.​ ALONG THE INFINITE SEA is another book of Ms. Williams that I thoroughly enjoyed. I enjoyed the back and forth in time and the way Ms. Williams knows how to tell a story. Her way with words and the story line kept me wanting more. The story of Annabelle and the revelation of the history of the car and her marriage was very intriguing. Women's fiction fans will have another read that will stay with them after turning the last page.​ The Schuyler girls always have something fun or disastrous going on in their lives. If you haven't read any of Ms. Williams' books, you definitely want to take a look at them. I know you won't be disappointed.​ 5/5 This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I want to read this for the cover alone. Gorgeous.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    This book ripped my heart in two and put it back together again only to rip it up again and mend it once more. There is a twist at the end I really didn't expect and honestly felt was slightly unbelievable due to the characters' personalities. Would Stefan have really done that? I guess I can see it both ways. But that is how the author chose to do it and I can have it. It made me a little disappointed but all is well in the end so I'm okay. Beatriz Williams is a fantastic author. I've now read This book ripped my heart in two and put it back together again only to rip it up again and mend it once more. There is a twist at the end I really didn't expect and honestly felt was slightly unbelievable due to the characters' personalities. Would Stefan have really done that? I guess I can see it both ways. But that is how the author chose to do it and I can have it. It made me a little disappointed but all is well in the end so I'm okay. Beatriz Williams is a fantastic author. I've now read all of her books except for the one that just came out the other day. I will be jumping into that shortly. If you enjoy historical fiction, you really should try one of her books. They are all good and just suck you right in until the last page... There is no higher praise for an author! .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    *4.5 stars Took me awhile to get into this but once things really picked up, I couldn't put it down. I was rooting for Annabelle & Stefan, what a love story! I liked the characters but especially Pepper & Florian. I actually would have liked to have more of their story. The extra half star is for the second half of the book, where I thought the story really shined.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    I recently read three other books by Beatriz Williams; I started with 'The Secret Life of Violet Grant', then 'A Hundred Summers' followed by 'Tiny Little Thing' which I finished reading two weeks ago. 'Tiny Little Thing' is the lead-in story to 'Along the Infinite Sea' and I don't recommend reading them in the reverse order, it won't be nearly as satisfying if you do. There's a lot to like about 'Along the Infinite Sea' and I will say I found myself enjoying the conflicts and the characters Will I recently read three other books by Beatriz Williams; I started with 'The Secret Life of Violet Grant', then 'A Hundred Summers' followed by 'Tiny Little Thing' which I finished reading two weeks ago. 'Tiny Little Thing' is the lead-in story to 'Along the Infinite Sea' and I don't recommend reading them in the reverse order, it won't be nearly as satisfying if you do. There's a lot to like about 'Along the Infinite Sea' and I will say I found myself enjoying the conflicts and the characters Williams created. I loved that the story surrounding the Mercedes Benz was inspired by real a Mercedes left and rediscovered in a New England shed. There are two stories being revealed simultaneously, one in the 1930s in Europe and the other in the 1960s in America. I enjoyed both storylines but thought the depth and interest of the pre-war thread was more compelling. In 1966 Pepper Schuyler, Tiny Hardcastle's sister from the titular 'Tiny Little Thing', sold a rare Mercedes she helped restore. The buyer is an interesting and somewhat elusive older woman, Annabelle Dommerich, who lives in Florida. Annabelle invites Pepper to stay in Florida as her house guest then unexpectedly departs without telling her family where she's gone. Pepper is in a bit of a compromising situation and could benefit from being away from her life in Washington, D.C. where she works as an aide to a prominent New York politician. Annabelle's story is revealed to us in alternating chapters as she remembers her first love, her marriage and how she came to the United States before World War II. Her life is the highlight of the book and I loved her character; brave, conflicted and devoted. There is some unevenness to the writing as well as some anachronistic references, far too many of one particular profanity, too much romance, melodrama and male emoting for my tastes and a period of out of character indiscretion that was unlikely. Those things took away from my reading enjoyment and gave this novel a lighter feel than what I prefer to read. I would have enjoyed a more in-depth focus on the twist of the mystery and why the characters made the choices they did back in Germany in 1938. But overall I was invested in these characters and finding out what happened to them. I think fans of romance and chick-lit will eat this up and love it. Despite what I feel about its short-comings I enjoyed ‘Along the Infinite Sea’ and would recommend it to the right reader. I know I'll be reading the next Beatriz Williams book, I really do enjoy her Schuyler family and the way she choreographs her multiple storylines. Thank you to the Vine program and publishers G.P. Putnam’s Sons for making the advanced reader copy available to me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    4.5 stars! Along the Infinite Sea was a wonderfully written, dual-time story set in Paris, Germany and the United States. Our main characters Pepper and Annabelle are strong, beautiful women whose lives are very complicated and full of secrets. We learn a little at a time about them as the book flashes between 1936 and 1966. Of the 2 storylines, Annabelle's is the most compelling and she is also the character that is more identifiable for most people. She dealt with a lot in her lifetime, and sur 4.5 stars! Along the Infinite Sea was a wonderfully written, dual-time story set in Paris, Germany and the United States. Our main characters Pepper and Annabelle are strong, beautiful women whose lives are very complicated and full of secrets. We learn a little at a time about them as the book flashes between 1936 and 1966. Of the 2 storylines, Annabelle's is the most compelling and she is also the character that is more identifiable for most people. She dealt with a lot in her lifetime, and survived it to help another. I loved reading about her! Pepper is a bit more caustic, and her story feels like the "sideline." She's still entertaining though:) Once I started reading this book, I did not want to stop! It's one of those stories that you can't wait to finish yet don't want to end! It drew me in and completely engaged me. I've read a lot this year dealing with WWII and with Nazi's in general, but this one still has a fresh feel to it for me. I have read A Hundred Summers (loved it!), but at the time of this reading had not read her other 2 Schuyler sister books. That will be promptly remedied! This being said, I had no problem jumping into the characters and story. It would probably have been even better if I had though. This one keeps you guessing and puzzling over what ultimately happened til the very end! As I finished up the book, I was conflicted because I wanted more, so much more about the characters. But at the same time, it felt right to leave the ending with a few "holes." Something I loved about the book was the re-appearance of a friend from A Hundred Summers. Such a wonderful surprise! Just a note, this book is highly focused on sex. Its not descriptive or offensive, but a lot of it talks about, mentions, or deals with it. I think the beauty of the book probably could've been preserved without as much. But, its not what I remember about the book. The writing and characters are the star! I cannot wait to read BW's other books I've missed! It also bears mentioning that the cover is stunning:) **Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Group/Putnam Publishers for an advance reading copy of this book**

  17. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    As usual, did I start off reading (or in this case listening) the wrong book in a Beatriz Williams series. I have a tendency to go for the last one published and then go back to the start. Luckily, the books Williams write are all stand-alone (ish). Along the Infinite Sea is a fabulous book. I have an easy way to determine how good an audiobook is. Since I have a job where I can listen to audiobooks do I want to feel that the books captivate me in such a way that after 8 hours of work does it fee As usual, did I start off reading (or in this case listening) the wrong book in a Beatriz Williams series. I have a tendency to go for the last one published and then go back to the start. Luckily, the books Williams write are all stand-alone (ish). Along the Infinite Sea is a fabulous book. I have an easy way to determine how good an audiobook is. Since I have a job where I can listen to audiobooks do I want to feel that the books captivate me in such a way that after 8 hours of work does it feel like I breezed through the day. Or at least I have been entertained. This one? Well, it was like magic and I loved every single minute of the book. Kathleen McInerney is a fabulous narrator and I could listen to her talk all day long. As for the story. I'm a big fan of dual storylines and I found myself quite caught up in both Pepper Schyuler's life and problems as well as Annabelle Dommerich story about her youth in Europe in the 40s. I was hooked and captivated by both storylines, although I found myself more taken with Pepper as a person than Annabelle, at least young Annabelle, the older one was far sassier. I've always like that Williams manage to portray here characters, give them depth and great personalities. She's especially great when it comes to great strong female characters, and the Schuyler sisters are definitely special. I've just finished book one and Vivian Schuyler is just as brassy as Pepper. I'm looking forward to reading about Tiny next.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Meg - A Bookish Affair

    "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 An "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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sheila DeChantal

    Ahhhhh. Reading (or listening in this case) Beatriz Williams books is something that I find hard to describe. The stories are vivid and of a time I have not lived, but the writing makes me wish I had. I enjoy reading about protagonists like Pepper, strong-willed women of a time when strong women were the exception. The Infinite Sea is told in the time of Pepper and Annabelle meeting one another in the 60’s, with Annabelle’s story of her own youth being weaved in throughout the book. It is a brill Ahhhhh. Reading (or listening in this case) Beatriz Williams books is something that I find hard to describe. The stories are vivid and of a time I have not lived, but the writing makes me wish I had. I enjoy reading about protagonists like Pepper, strong-willed women of a time when strong women were the exception. The Infinite Sea is told in the time of Pepper and Annabelle meeting one another in the 60’s, with Annabelle’s story of her own youth being weaved in throughout the book. It is a brilliant read. One I personally devoured every chance I could get. I listened to this on audio, Kathleen McInerney is a narrator I have enjoyed before and she has the perfect narrative voice for this book. Highly enjoyable. Note: There are other books featuring the Schuyler sisters (Pepper is one of three). To my understanding this is actually the third book, I believe each book stands on their own and I did not feel that I needed the other two books to make sense of this one. The other books would be: The Secret Like of Violet Grant and Tiny Little Thing. Both books, I hope to enjoy sometime soon. For my full review: http://bookjourney.net/2016/02/12/alo...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    This author has a gift for weaving a story through the ages. This story ties two women together from the time of WWII to the mid 1960’s. The flavor of the era exudes through the pages and gives you insight to a complicated love affair and the connection to the decisions of a young woman on the run. Beatriz Williams knows how to write about the deep heart aching love that transcends time. With amazing details of the history along with the depth of motion between two people, you are taken away to a This author has a gift for weaving a story through the ages. This story ties two women together from the time of WWII to the mid 1960’s. The flavor of the era exudes through the pages and gives you insight to a complicated love affair and the connection to the decisions of a young woman on the run. Beatriz Williams knows how to write about the deep heart aching love that transcends time. With amazing details of the history along with the depth of motion between two people, you are taken away to another era where you fall into the story. Pages flew as I read about these two women and how they are tied together. Pepper has a wisecracking tongue and Annabelle is a naive soul and sometimes I had to wonder where the story was going. But in typical fashion for her, the author tied it up in a loose bow and brought us to a conclusion that left a few strings hanging and a few doors open. This interesting book was a pleasurable read that leaves you wondering if there will be yet another installment in the future. The author is the queen of historical storytelling and always leaves you wanting more. full review http://amidlifewife.com/along-infinit...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Along The Infinite Sea By Beatriz Williams What I knew about this book before I read it... First of all...I love the work of this author. I read Tiny Little Thing and this book has a definite connection to that book. My thoughts after reading this book... I didn't love this book at first. Pepper...one of the main characters was just a tad irritating. She is abrasive...really truly a pain. I first became aware of her in Tiny Little Thing and I really didn't like her there. I guess the word hard descri Along The Infinite Sea By Beatriz Williams What I knew about this book before I read it... First of all...I love the work of this author. I read Tiny Little Thing and this book has a definite connection to that book. My thoughts after reading this book... I didn't love this book at first. Pepper...one of the main characters was just a tad irritating. She is abrasive...really truly a pain. I first became aware of her in Tiny Little Thing and I really didn't like her there. I guess the word hard describes her best. But...this book made me understand and appreciate her more...I didn't love her but I felt better about her. This book is similar to other Beatriz Williams books because we have Annabelle and Pepper meeting over an old classic Mercedes. And we have chapters dedicated to Annabelle's history which took place during WWII at the height of the power of Nazi Germany. That story...Annabelle's story...is really the best part of this book. Final thoughts... I guess you really don't need to read Tiny Little Thing to appreciate this book but I loved that I did. This is a beautiful love story...with lots of intrigue and suspense.

  22. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne Pulcino

    ALONG THE INFINITE SEA Beatriz Williams Another enchanting escapist read following Pepper, one of the Schuyler sisters depicted in the first book titled TINY LITTLE THING. I am a fan as Ms. Williams books are always well written with wonderful characters, a great story line, a little romance and usually a little mystery. Truly enjoyed!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    One of my favorite authors. You can go wrong with a Beatriz Williams book. She is an expert and blending multiple storylines and time periods. The writing is always crisp, funny, and moving. Loved this b

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    4.5 stars. Couldn't go to bed until I finished it. Needed to know! The Infinite Sea is a sweeping story of two women that ranges from the late 1930's and into the 1960's. It soon pulled me in to their lives and intrigues. Annabelle is a young nineteen year old living in France with her father when she is pushed into helping out a Jewish German - Stefan Silverman when he is shot. An attraction springs up. However circumstances happen that sees her being paired with Johann von Kleist, a German Baron 4.5 stars. Couldn't go to bed until I finished it. Needed to know! The Infinite Sea is a sweeping story of two women that ranges from the late 1930's and into the 1960's. It soon pulled me in to their lives and intrigues. Annabelle is a young nineteen year old living in France with her father when she is pushed into helping out a Jewish German - Stefan Silverman when he is shot. An attraction springs up. However circumstances happen that sees her being paired with Johann von Kleist, a German Baron working with the German army. Fast forward to 1966 and we meet up with Pepper Shuyler, she has just sold a 1936 Mercedes roadster to Annabelle Domerich, who once drove in this car to escape Germany in 1938. Pepper needs the $300 000 she sells the car for to help her with the child soon to be born. She believes she can't turn to her parents for help, nor does she want the interference of the married senator who is the father of her baby. Annabelle who was once in a similar situation to Pepper invites her back to her home at Cocoa Beach. I really liked both Annabelle and Pepper. Both of them are strong women who deal with the challenges that life throws at them. I loved both their stories and groaned when I was dragged from their story into the others, yet was eager to go there too. I read into the night to find out who did Annabelle eventually live with at Cocoa Beach. I thought I knew and then I didn't, so cleverly done is the story, clues dropped were at times a little misleading, although perfectly correct as well. The less you know about this book, the more your enjoyment. I didn't read the blurb before and really am very happy I didn't, when I glanced over it after actually reading the book. In it is possibly a clue to how it might have ended up for Annabelle and quite frankly the suspense and mystery surrounding this book is its strength for me. (I am a bit of a back of the book reader, but on a Kindle book while I could do it, the temptation is far less! So happy I didn't look!) I hadn't read the other two Schuyler sister books previously and I don't think it mattered that much. (I will though!) The danger of the late 1930's for the Jews in Germany, the question of who is Annabelle's husband in the 1960s, the characters themselves and the clever transitioning from one time period to another, Pepper's resilience, Annabelle's compassion and love all combined to make this a book to embrace and enjoy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    Well, I didn't wait too long to come back and finish reading this book, the finale in the Schuyler Sisters series. Binge reading is not quite the same as binge watching tv episodes. haha Naturally, it takes more time, plus all my TBR pile just glares at me saying, "hey, there's no rush on that book, it was published a year ago, let's go woman, we've all got deadlines!" They're right of course. So next time, I'll spread out the joy a little. The book however was pretty decent, I just read it too Well, I didn't wait too long to come back and finish reading this book, the finale in the Schuyler Sisters series. Binge reading is not quite the same as binge watching tv episodes. haha Naturally, it takes more time, plus all my TBR pile just glares at me saying, "hey, there's no rush on that book, it was published a year ago, let's go woman, we've all got deadlines!" They're right of course. So next time, I'll spread out the joy a little. The book however was pretty decent, I just read it too soon. It alternates chapters between a 1938 and 1966 timeframe and two women from each who meet and share some things in common. Beatriz Williams can still surprise me at the end, so that was cool. And I do look forward to reading her new book in 2017.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Amazing conclusion! I was at the edge of my chair throughout the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tracy

    Wow. I knew I liked Beatriz Williams after reading “The Secret Life of Violet Grant”, and even though “Tiny Little Thing” was a bit of a flop for me, I kept the faith. I dug into this third novel in the trilogy, and expected my review and general liking of the book to fall somewhere between the last two. But this BLEW ME AWAY. “Along the Infinite Sea” was fantastic – expertly written, with characters and a storyline that absolutely sucked me in from page one. I was completely hooked right until Wow. I knew I liked Beatriz Williams after reading “The Secret Life of Violet Grant”, and even though “Tiny Little Thing” was a bit of a flop for me, I kept the faith. I dug into this third novel in the trilogy, and expected my review and general liking of the book to fall somewhere between the last two. But this BLEW ME AWAY. “Along the Infinite Sea” was fantastic – expertly written, with characters and a storyline that absolutely sucked me in from page one. I was completely hooked right until the end, when I sadly closed the book, not wanting to leave it! This follows her general formula, panning between time periods with two parallel story lines. In this case, Pepper’s story takes place in the 1960s, where she meets Annabelle Dommerich. Annabelle’s story takes place in the 1930s, and both intercept and intertwine in the end brilliantly. I found myself more engaged with the younger Annabelle’s story in the 30’s, though Pepper’s was also great. Through the older story line, we see Annabelle’s incredible love story with the German Jew, Stefan. We get sucked into her brief affair with him, the misunderstanding that separated them and led to her marriage with Johann von Kleist – whom she later learns is a Nazi General. Leading up to WWII and the horror of Nazi Germany, this story just absolutely captivated me. There are secret love affairs, betrayal, jealousy, and fights for survival. There’s plotting to secretly leave Germany and find safety with the man she loves. Then there’s an AMAZING twist that made my heart both break and explode with joy at the same time. Incredible. The book takes so many twists and turns that you just don’t see coming. It makes you sad and happy in equal measure, and ends on a beautiful note. The character development is sensational, and the connection that I ended up feeling with EACH main character was fantastic – I really felt like I was living in their world while I was reading. Books that transport you like that, so effortlessly, are simply magic. I’m an even bigger fan of Beatriz Williams after this book, and I already can’t wait to dive into another one. She is a fabulous writer, and has quickly become one of my absolute favorites. If you haven’t read this book, add it to your “Must Read” list NOW! (While you’re at it, add the first two in the series also.)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Beatriz Williams has amazed me with each and every offering and her latest literary masterpiece, Along The Infinite Sea; a powerful mix of suspense, ill-fated love and drama is no exception. She seamlessly sweeps between the swinging 60s and pre WWII 30s Europe trapping readers in her intricate web of fiction dotted with facts. Her backdrops are ostentatious and seductive, her characters unforgettably detailed and fans will recognize some of the character cameos. Her persuasive, time appropriate Beatriz Williams has amazed me with each and every offering and her latest literary masterpiece, Along The Infinite Sea; a powerful mix of suspense, ill-fated love and drama is no exception. She seamlessly sweeps between the swinging 60s and pre WWII 30s Europe trapping readers in her intricate web of fiction dotted with facts. Her backdrops are ostentatious and seductive, her characters unforgettably detailed and fans will recognize some of the character cameos. Her persuasive, time appropriate narrative eloquently delivers her breathtaking epic tale. The chutzpah of both her women stars plus the strong message of doing the right thing help set this apart. Along The Infinite Sea, is yet another for the keeper shelf. 1966 Florida and unmarried, pregnant Pepper Schuyler is hoping the funds from the sale of this vintage 1936 Mercedes Roadster she helped to restore will finance her much needed new start. Jaded because of the mess her life is in she didn’t think it was possible for anything to surprise her, until she meets the petite woman who’s buying the car. Annabelle knows this particular automobile but hasn’t seen it since she abandoned it on Cape Cod in 1938 soon after returning to the US from the horror that had become Europe. The car is an important reminder of her past, her mistakes and her successes; it’s what she made her escape from Nazi Germany in. She’s surprised to find it in the hands of this unexpected young woman, a woman who seems to be in need of help. Luckily Annabelle is feeling especially benevolent right now.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christy Ryan

    I enjoyed this one and totally felt like I was in the middle of pre WWII Europe. I will say the wrap up somehow felt a little rushed or abrupt. Not really sure how after a 450 page book... but overall still really liked it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura Lee

    Excellent. Have discovered new author.

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