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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

Breaking the Rules

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson is an enjoyable novel about a widower living in a small English village who falls in love with a woman of Pakistani descent who owns and manages the local Quick Mart.  128 more words

Girls In White Dresses

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson begins in England just prior to the First World War and ends after the fighting is over. 169 more words

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Lately I have been reading several books of historical fiction from the era of WWI. I am currently listening to a Maisie Dobbs audio book… 489 more words

Book Review

Reading - Winter or Summer

Once, in a conversation with our English friends, our older son described himself as an Anglophile. I was silently tickled. His love differs from mine – he knows British history. 432 more words

Katy Gilmore

Exciting New Releases

I feel that I am rather behind on new releases, since I am no longer actively receiving review books and the like.  I have also had very little time with which to browse book websites; gone are the University lull days that I could browse Powell’s catalogue for hours without thinking I had anything better to do!   1,015 more words

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Simonson wrote the delightful “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand“, and this book, only her second, is even better. The story takes place in an English village (Rye, in Sussex) before WWI, with all the snobbery and vicious gossip that characterized Downton Abbey. 55 more words

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