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    The innocence of youth vs a changing world in 1914

    It’s the summer of 1914 in East Sussex, England. Young Beatrice Nash arrives in the small coastal town of Rye, mourning her father’s death and hoping to land a position as a Latin teacher since she is now penniless, but she was raised to think for herself and may stand out in Rye…and not in a good way. Hugh Grange is home from his studies to become a doctor to visit with his uncle, who works in the Foreign Office, and his aunt. Hugh and his cousin befriend the young teacher, helping her make her way in Rye’s social circles. It is a summer filled with expanding horizons, facing the harsh realities of being a single young woman in late Edwardian England, learning the social steps in a small town, discovering boundaries, stretching boundaries, facing a war and all its pain, and falling in love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, rooted for the characters, ached for their pain, cheered for their joy. Ms. Simonson has a way of drawing you in to each one’s dilemmas and desires…making you really care about each one. Beautifully written, with attention to details that draw you into the time and the place, The Summer Before the War is a story that will stay with you beyond when you close the cover after the last page is read. Five stars!
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    The Summer Before the War

    This book was absolutely delightful. It was a wonderful collage of love story, issues related to women’s equality, being gay in an unaccepting world, the impact of war on our lives, and so much more. It is the most enjoyable book that I’ve read since reading “A Gentleman in Moscow.” It just flows with the richness of an earlier time, and the ideas intertwine beautifully. It was recommended on Fareed Zakaria’s program GPS of all places, and I’m the richer for having read it.
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    The Summer before the war

    This book reminded me of Downton Abbey before the war. Although, it's not about the upper class. It shows how society was starting to change at all levels, Even though there is romance in the book, it doesn't hide the horrors of war
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    Very Good

    This book was a little slow to start, but I couldn't put it down. Although there are a number of characters each one is developed well and introduced in an elegant manner. The overall storyline is rich with detail and is in constant motion. Well worth the read.
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    The summer before the war

    I loved it too and felt that the characters were well and humanly portrayed A very enjoyable read Thank you
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