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The Summer Before the War
Reviewed by- Andrea (2016/07/25, 04:57 PM)
THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR by Helen Simonson is one the best book I've listened to in a while! I agree with the Washington Post when it says, " It's your cure to Downton Abby Withdrawl." I couldn't stop listening to this book. I felt transported to the town of Rye, England and became immersed in this enchanting story. It begins with Beatrice Nash, a young woman, hired to teach Latin at the local school. The appointment of a woman causes a bit of a stir in the community because women didn't have equal rights. The suffragette movement is an interesting thread throughout the story. I loved all the historical details including the formalities, restrictions, and chivalry! It's a wonderful love story but as the book progresses it takes on a more serious tone as the war approaches. There's a lot to discuss with this book. It's a fantastic summer read and would make an excellent Book Club choice.Back.

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