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The Summer Before the War: A Novel - Helen Simonson
The Summer Before the War: A Novel
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The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love and war that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set.   East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been... show more
The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love and war that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set.   East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.   When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.   But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.   Advance praise for The Summer Before the War   “At once haunting and effervescent, The Summer Before the War demonstrates the sure hand of a master. Helen Simonson’s characters enchant us, her English countryside beguiles us, and her historical intelligence keeps us at the edge of our seats. This luminous story of a family, a town, and a world in their final moments of innocence is as lingering and lovely as a long summer sunset.”—Annie Barrows, author of The Truth According to Us and co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society   “Helen Simonson has outdone herself in this radiant follow-up to Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. The provincial town of Rye, East Sussex, in the days just before and after the Great War is so vividly drawn it fairly vibrates. The depth and sensitivity with which she weighs the steep costs and delicate bonds of wartime—and not just for the young men in the trenches, but for every changed life and heart—reveal the full mastery of her storytelling. Simonson is like a Jane Austen for our day and age—she is that good—and The Summer Before the War is nothing short of a treasure.”—Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780812993103 (0812993101)
ASIN: 0812993101
Publisher: Random House
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
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4.0 The Summer Before the War
It is the summer of 1914, and Beatrice Nash, 23, finds herself in Rye, in Sussex, attempting desperately to get a job as a teacher at the local grammar school. (As Latin mistress, of all things - very shocking for a female!) She has fled her late father's family, wealthy but highly controlling, to...
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
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3.0 The Summer Before the War: A Novel
Sometimes this book could not hold my attention. Sometimes it was good. A couple of times it was really touching. Because much of the part that moved me emotionally was near the end, I finished feeling like it was a great book, but then I remembered that I don't even recall some of the storyline ...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
5.0 I love reading a book that tells a good story without finding it necessary to use gratuitous sex, slang or curse words!
I enjoyed this book immensely. The prose alone was worth the read. The story will tug at your heart strings as it takes you down memory lane into the world of England with its proper manners, pomp and circumstance in the early 20th century. It is told in four parts, by a wonderfully gifted author wh...
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#THESUMMERBEFORETHEWAR AVAILABLE 3/22/16 5 STARS!!!!!!! @SimonsonHelen @RandomHouse DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!! I LOVED this book. I'm not sure how many pages it was, but I know it was a long one because I spent long hours with these characters and enjoyed every minute of it. I got to know them bef...
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3.0 The Summer Before the War
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson has the elements to make me fall in love with the book. I enjoy it, but I don't fall in love with the story. Helen Simonson's beautiful writing submerges the reader into the world of East Sussex, England; but the story is slow and feels as if I have read i...
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