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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

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