In the February meeting of the Bury Reading Group we discussed Along The Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams and – as often happens with reading groups – opinion was split. Some members absolutely loved the story and writing style; one lady hated it so much she couldn’t get to the end. The remainder of the group persevered to the end of the book but couldn’t really understand why! This fabulous mixed response led to a great discussion and – whilst I cannot give a full account of the groups reactions – I have included some of the key points in the form of direct quotes form those present which may help you decide if this would be a good book for you. But first a summary of the story to get you interested!
1966, Florida. Pepper Schuyler is the kind of woman society loves – a glamorous individual that men watch across crowded, smoky rooms, and women try to keep their husbands away from. But the legend of Pepper is far from the truth, and now she’s in a fix that she can’t see her way out of. Unmarried and pregnant with a famous senator’s baby, she’s fled Washington and is hiding on the Florida coast, waiting for the mysterious buyer of her only possession of value: a rare black 1936 Mercedes Roadster. Unknown to Pepper, this car was the only means of escape for a young French woman who drove for her life across Germany to the French border as Europe paused on the brink of the Second World War. As the startling provenance of this car comes to light – a Nazi husband, a Jewish lover, a flight from Europe, and a love so profound it transcends decades – two women must come together to face the past.
“Very readable. A little light but well worth a read.”
“I was very impressed that one tiny advert about a car resulted in this whole story.”
“The style was very heavy handed. There was no feeling of the period in which either story was set. BUT I did enjoy reading it although I am not sure why!”
” The book did not seem very well researched. It is a very light book but I did enjoy reading it.”
“I absolutely loved it!”
“Mediocre but got better towards the end. I am pleased to have read it.”
“The plot develops well.”
“Twee but a good holiday read.”
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