Another absolute winner by this gifted writer!
Pepper Schuyler certainly has her reasons for selling the 1936 Special Roadster Mercedes Benz she’s been working on restoring, but she can’t imagine why the mysterious Annabelle Dommerich was so intent on buying it, and for such a small fortune. To learn why, the author takes us back and forth between the relative “present” (1966) and the past (1935-) in the telling of the story. We learn that Annabelle has had to navigate a passionate love for a Jewish German man at the start of the Nazi uprising. Her complicated history has lead her inextricably back to this car and to Pepper, with whom she will share more in common than Pepper would have ever predicted.
Beatriz Williams has a way of creating characters whom you just want to invite over for a drink and conversation. Her female characters are smart and sharp-witted and yet hopeful and strong. In addition, she crafts her plots with twists and turns and actually keeps the suspense maintained throughout the pages. This is a book that you can’t stop but yet don’t want to finish reading, because you just want to stay in the world of these real-life, endearing characters.
Highly recommend this and can’t wait to read other books by her! (This is my 3rd by her, I believe.)