Hello and welcome to another reading roundup. I’ve clearly been on a bit of a social history kick lately – all of the books I’ve read and/or listened to in the last couple of weeks have had social change as a strong theme. 850 more words
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Helen Simonson’s first novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, was a New York Times and international bestseller. Her second novel, The Summer Before the War, is hot off the press and destined for comparable accolades. 673 more words
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The stone terrace already looked older than the house, softened to a pleasant mossy gray under the relentless dripping of English rain, its stone balusters pressed by fat shrubs and draped in twisting vines of honeysuckle, wisteria, and the teacup-sized pale green flowers of a clematis.
Hardcover, 496 pages
★★★★ – Great book, would read again.
Helen Simonson’s new historical fiction novel, The Summer Before the War, tells the tale of a young woman seeking independence after her father’s passing, and the events that unfold in the small coastal village in which she plants herself. 517 more words