Wow. This book took me completely by surprise; I hadn’t ever heard of it but one of my co-workers was talking about it and from what she said I knew I wanted to read it. Sometimes the best reads are the unexpected ones, and this one took me for a ride! My favorite genre always has been historical fiction and I always love pieces that take place in the WWII era and this book embodied all of that.
Rating: 5/5 stars. The ending made me want to give it less stars because it hurt my soul, but I just can’t get over how eloquently this book was written and tied together. I have remaining questions, but I always do after a good read like this. Apparently, this the last book of a series about the three Schuyler sisters, so I am going to have to go back and read the others to see if they were as good as this.
Summary: Pepper Schuyler has managed to get herself into some trouble, but as always she knows exactly how she’ll get out of it. Or so she thinks. After having an affair with a powerful politician and finding herself pregnant, she decides to keep the baby. She knows she’ll need some cash to start over in a place that keeps the baby away from his or her powerful father, so she fixes up a rare vintage Mercedes that has been sitting in her sister’s garage and sells it for tons of money. The car’s new owner Annabelle has heard about Pepper and empathizes with her because she has been in a situation like this before.
The story weaves back and forth between Pepper’s current situation in the 60s and Annabelle’s situation in the 30s, right before WWII begins. This book is a long read (about 450 pages), but I finished it in a few days. I couldn’t put it down.