The Summer Before the War

The Summer Before the War

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2016
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Bestselling author Helen Simonson returns with a splendid historical novel full of the same wit, romance, and insight into the manners and morals of small-town British life as her beloved "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand." It's the summer of 1914 and life in the sleepy village of Rye, England is about to take an interesting turn. Agatha Kent is expecting an unusual candidate to be the school's Latin teacher: Beatrice Nash, a young woman of good breeding in search of a position after the death of her father. Agatha's nephews, meanwhile, have come to spend the summer months, as always, both with dreams of their own. When Hugh is sent to pick up Beatrice from the train station - life, of course, changes. Here, these characters and others we come to love and root for become characters we hope and pray for when the shadow of the Great War looms ever closer to home.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2016
ISBN: 9781101888575
Branch Call Number: SCD FICTION Simonson
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (16 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Hardingham, Fiona - Narrator


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Mar 06, 2017

Although slow to start, this novel explores the onset of World War I in a small English village. When Beatrice Nash arrives in Rye to teach Latin, small town traditional values clash with changing mores and the approach of war. Through Beatrice's eyes, the reader sees how all the levels of English society play out their roles and prejudices as England rushes to meet the "Hun threat". As the "few months war" deteriorates into a mud-filled slog, Beatrice's friends and neighbors face a variety of fates. An epilogue set in 1920 nicely wrap up the major characters' lives for the reader.


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Mar 06, 2017

"I hate these pals' battalions where everyone is afraid to shoot their neighbor's gardener." -- Lord North


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