Along the Infinite Sea, a novel by Beatriz Williams, is hard to exactly pin down. It’s historical fiction (two women, one in the 30s and one in the 60s) and romance (both go through pregnancies somewhat alone). Annabelle, who we follow in the 1930’s and 40’s, experiences WWII in Germany. Pepper, several decades later, endures some of the same hardships as Annabelle but in a “peaceful” time frame.
And how they meet? A car auction.
Williams manages to show how a random object–the vintage car–can provide a link to all sorts of events, people, and circumstances. Each character is unique in his or her own way, but tragedies–whether global or personal–intertwine each story.
This book is technically the third in a series focusing on three sisters, but it reads great as a stand-alone.
It’s a light read, in that the tone manages to maintain somewhat optimistic, yet large-scale world issues are dealt with. It’s an interesting concoction, and one you should definitely try out.
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