The Summer Before the War: A Novel Review

The Summer Before the War: A Novel Review

  • 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.


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I’m always fascinated by the mores of pre WW1and WW2. Not much has changed in the way women are treated and are expected to be compliant with what ever man is in their lives:, husband, father, uncle or boss. Beatrice seemed to survive. The Romany’s are still treated as outcasts as well.
Good book.
By Barbara A Aldrich

This is such a wonderful book, I hated to put it down. All of the characters were made so vivid you cheered most on and felt a smugness when the not so good characters got their comeuppance. I hope Mrs. Simonson writes another novel as I have so very much enjoyed her first two. I hate to compare authors, but will say if you enjoy reading Rosamunde Pilcher novels, you will love this book!By Betsy Swope

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Product Details

Author: Helen Simonson
Kindle Price: Hardcover $15.40, Paperback $15.82, Audible $25.43, Audio CD $29.92
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Random House (March 22, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0812993101
ISBN-13: 978-0812993103
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173 in Books

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