The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

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The Summer Before the War Read Online Free - The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I 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 sabre 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.

Title : The Summer Before the War
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ISBN : 0812993101
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 496 pages


Jennifer rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 23, 2016

I absolutely loved the book Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, so when I heard that author Helen Simonson wrote a second book I was thrilled to have the chance to read an early copy. Unfortunately, this book was a huge disappointment. Simonson's charm and wit, which made "Pettigrew" so enjoyable, are p...

Lawyer rated it ★★★★★

May 04, 2016

The Summer Before the War: An Exaltation of Larks By whatever means necessary get hold of a copy of The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson and read it. Obtain it legally if possible. However, should you read it, praise it, press it into the hands of your book loving friends, don't expect it t...

Susan rated it ★★★★★

December 30, 2015

I loved this book. Written by the author of "Major Pettigrew" it takes place in Rye, a small town in East Sussex, in the summer of 1914 before the start of WWI. The sweet innocence of the times is brought to life when Beatrice Nash arrives to teach Latin to the students of Rye. Beatrice is a wel...

Annet rated it ★★★★★

May 12, 2017

It's sometimes easier to manage a war than a wife, John continued... Although a bit long, and a bit slow in story in the beginning, I did thoroughly enjoy this book. Already loved 'Major Pettigrew's Last stand' and I loved this latest one of Helen Simonson too. I started it in December and read so...

Veronica ⭐️ rated it ★★★★★

August 24, 2016

How you go into a story, your mindset, and what you are expecting has a great impact on your enjoyment of the story. The Summer Before the War is a slow paced read. The characterization is brilliant. The conversations, the underlying sarcasm and nuances of the characters are all described in poeti...

DeB rated it ★★★★★

March 13, 2017

*****I felt that I must edit and add. (Somehow my first review did its Goodreads vaporizing act, so I tiredly short-formed the second. Enthusiastic responses prompted me to reply in what became an addendum to the review - so instead, an expanded version for this wonderful book.). Couldn't put it...

Shawn rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 07, 2015

Fans of "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand", who were anxiously waiting for a follow up novel of equal charm and dazzle, will be greatly disappointed in this, the second novel by Helen Simonson. I was one of those people -- anxiously awaiting, and greatly disappointed. This book is nothing like 'Major...

Paromjit rated it ★★★★★

January 21, 2016

I absolutely adored this novel. Helen Simonsen is a gifted and erudite writer who has penned an intelligent period story set in the summer before the first world war. The narrative is rich in historical detail, gentle wit and laugh out loud humour. The pace is slow to take in the in depth observa...

Carolyn rated it ★★★★☆

February 16, 2017

Beatrice Nash, recently orphaned by the death of her beloved father, arrives in the idyllic village of Rye in Sussex at the start of the summer before WWI. She has been,rather controversially, hired to teach latin at the local grammar school. The male members Board of Governors is not convinced h...

Diane rated it ★★★★☆

June 26, 2016

Despite the widely differing opinions and ratings on this one, I have to say I really liked it a lot. It was a little overlong, a little too heavy on the small town characatures, and just a tad predictable. Otherwise, a really good depiction of the summer of 1914 in England, just as the first wor...

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