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The Summer Before the War
by Helen Simonson

PBR Review 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.
Talking Points: Several threads run through this love story, which will provide excellent topics for lively discussions. The suffragette movement along with social class and family honor are active components of the story and will give your Book Club a lot to debate!
PBR Reader Comments:
Fantastic book! I listened to this on audio, and the narration was excellent. It transported me to the charming town of Rye in East Sussex, England. This is definitely one of my favorite summer reads.
by-Andrea 2016/08/06, 07:38 AM

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