This is one amazing novel! If you love historical fiction, this book is for you!
In 1966, Pepper Schuyler finds herself in a real bind. She needs some serious cash so that she can take care of herself and her unborn child. So, she restores a vintage Mercedes and auctions it off.
The buyer of the automobile is Anabelle Dommercich, who buys the car because it was the vehicle that transported her out of Germany right before the dawn of world war two.
Instantly, the two women make a connection and their lives intersect as Annabelle’s tragic history is revealed and Pepper, who is on the run from the father of her baby, a prominent and married senator, must face a final showdown with him.
Normally, love triangles are not my thing, and this book happens to feature one, but the circumstances here are quite extraordinary, and although there is angst, it’s an anguish brought on by tough decisions the characters had to make in desperate times.
Annabelle’s story is the predominant one, with Pepper’s story told in the intervals. The story is sectioned into parts like a piece of music, which is a nice touch by the author.
I was absolutely riveted by this story, totally absorbed in the pre-war drama featuring star crossed lovers, tragedy, intrigue and danger.
With Pepper, the story takes on a different note, with the suspense aimed at Pepper’s vulnerability and the fight she is running away from for the safety of her unborn child. She too finds adventure when Annabelle seemingly disappears and she joins in the search to locate her.
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.
An epic story of star-crossed lovers in pre-war Europe collides with a woman on the run in the swinging '60s, in another riveting novel of the Schuyler sisters from the New York Times bestselling author of Tiny Little Thing.
In the autumn of 1966, Pepper Schuyler's problems are in a class of their own. To find a way to take care of herself and the baby she carries—the result of an affair with a married, legendary politician—she fixes up a beautiful and rare vintage Mercedes and sells it at auction.
But the car's new owner, the glamorous Annabelle Dommerich, has her own secrets: 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 before the Second World War 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.
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