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The Summer Before the War

Polished reviews I saw online for The Summer Before the War, Helen Simonson’s second novel (Random House 2016), did not wholly mesh with what I was thinking when I put it down.   836 more words

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Haunting Book: The Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonson

My last review of a haunting book for 2016 is of The Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonson. Ms. Simonson is the author of one of my favorite books of the last decade, … 810 more words


The Summer Before the War

Title:  The Summer Before the War
Author:  Helen Simonson
Publisher:  Random House
Publication Date:  2016
ISBN:  978-0-451-48211-2

Book Summary:
Following her father’s death and the lukewarm reception from her relatives, Beatrice Nash is compelled to seek out employment on her own.  615 more words

Individual Books

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

I loved Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson, so leapt on to The Summer Before the War when I saw this author had written a second novel. 669 more words


Heartbreaker: The Summer Before the War

Helen Simonson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand was one of the early books my book club chose to read. I was completely taken in by the story of a gruff old man learning how to let go of his prejudices in a town that had always enforced them, of learning to open his heart to a most unexpected love. 579 more words

The Summer Before The War - Helen Simonson

This book was a challenge, a challenge i set myself to be honest because awhile ago a friend posted a picture of a parcel on her doorstep saying her books had arrived and yet when i asked her what did she buy i was told you wouldn’t like it. 1,074 more words


The Summer Before the War

Set in England during the pre-World War 1 years, this historical fiction novel drew me in right away!

When Beatrice Nash loses her father, she must find a way to support herself, since the money left her is tied up by trustees. 844 more words