Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Following the death of her father in 1914, penniless Beatrice Nash is forced to take the job of Latin Master at an elementary school, in the village of Rye, England. Hired by Agatha Grange as a way to thumb her nose at her local rivals, Bea has to navigate small town politics, as well as gender expectations in order to succeed.

Enter Hugh Grange, Agatha’s dashing young nephew who is studying to be a surgeon in London. To gain experience in the field, and impress his mentor’s lovely daughter, Hugh enlists in the armed forces as the drums start to beat for war. It doesn’t take long for him to notice the headstrong and capable Latin Master, forcing him to question his current path.

The characters in this historical tale are wonderfully drawn, each brilliant and flawed in his or her own way, which propels the plot to its heartbreaking yet inevitable conclusion.

While not delving too deeply into the graphic details of the battlefield, this story highlights the aftermath of war, and the damage inflicted upon those who love during wartime.

**This book is due to be released on March 22, 2016**

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