[E–pub New] (The Summer Before the War) AUTHOR Helen Simonson


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  • The Summer Before the War
  • Helen Simonson
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  • 11 December 2020
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Read ☆ The Summer Before the War 100 The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love and war that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is setEast Sussex 1914 It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful Hugh Grange down from his medical studies is visiting his Aunt Agatha who lives with her husband in the small idyllic coastal town of Rye Agatha's husband works in the. The Summer Before the War An Exaltation of LarksBy whatever means necessary get hold of a copy of The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson and read it Obtain it legally if possible However should you read it praise it press it into the hands of your book loving friends don t expect it to be returned It s that good I found I loved Ms Simonson s writing in Major Pettigrew s Last Stand This novel gives me even cause to appreciate Simonson as an authorThe Summer Before the War is an ambitious and finely wrought work of historical fiction set in the East Sussex village of Rye during the summer of 1914 Although Archduke Ferdinand of Austria has been assassinated in Bosnia few outside the halls of government expect England will find itself embroiled in a war over the troublesome Balkans In fact Agatha Kent one of the indomitable women of Rye has decreed that there shall be no war Agatha is concerned with filling the position of Latin teacher at the village school With a woman On the Board of Governors of the School along with Lady Emily Wheaton they just may do itAgatha Kent s candidate to be the new Latin Mistress is Beatrice Nash an independent young woman who served as her scholarly father s secretary until his recent death Bereaved and penniless Miss Nash has resigned herself to making her way in the world with a teaching position and life as a spinsterHowever Beatrice Nash is much younger and far attractive than even Agatha Kent anticipated Agatha s village rival Bettina Fothergill who lost a suitor to Agatha in their youth is opposed to Miss Nash achieving the position She pushes her nephew appropriately named Mr Poot forward for the positionAgatha married John Kent a civil servant of long standing in London Alas they were never blessed with children However they had the benefit of two nephews Hugh Grange studying to be a surgeon and Daniel Bookham who intended on spending the next year in France starting a poetry journal The two cousins had grown up spending summers and school holidays in the Kent household John considered the boys the euivalent of the bestowing of fatherhood upon him without the expense of itOf course the chosen professions of the two cousins is fine bit of foreshadowing However beforehand it is essential that Miss Nash s position be secured Enter Harry Wheaton the son of Lady Emily The clown the prankster The perfect co conspirator to lead Mr Poot astray causing poor Poot to hoist himself on his own petardMs Simonson creates a wonderful cast of village characters from Romany to Nobles From that perspective consider this one of those books to love for those who mourn the absence of Downton AbbyEspecially delightful is the insertion of a Henry Jamesian character who resides in Rye Oh yes Henry James in fact did live in East Susssex The American author who would have preferred to have his nation of origin forgotten having become the true Anglophile is in full literary bloom Alternately he speaks with wisdom At others with arrogance and pomposity Simonson slyly inserts wonderful little bits of James characater into the figure of Twillingham who joys in the adulation of his English reading public and little gems of anecdotes such as visits by Edith Wharton who suired the great man around the Shire in her gauchely large motor carWith the coming of the Great War Simonson keeps the reader on the edge of the seat while showing life at the home front and life on the Western Front Here the cast of characters grows to include heroes for whom to cheer and villains who are devoid of competence and honor worthy of contemptThe earliest impact on Rye is the reception of Belgian refugees fleeing the invasion of the Kaiser s Prussian troops While their acts fall far short of the horrendous acts made subject of British propaganda in early days of the war in 1914 atrocities do occurAnd what of those residents who have ties to family in Germany Consider that the heads of the British Realm Russia and Germany were all cousins referring to one another by first names as they attempted to avoid the conflagration that erupted with the guns of August While such connections may be acceptable for royalty further down the social ranks they are not Lady Emily s daughter is married to a German Baron who has been called to his home for military service Though the couple share a child the couple is separated by warHelen Simonson has done her research before putting these words to paper Rarely have I come across a work of fiction dealing with the War to End All Wars that so adeuately reflects the coming changes this devestating war will bring about on an England that will be changed forever This is a masterful workBy all means oh readers who are prone to pass over an author s acknowledgments and notes following the final page of narrative This is a section not to be missed For those interested in reading about the Great War there are referenced works here I can also recommend I also give Ms Simonson a tip of the hat for acknowledging that for her the poetry generated by the First World War lies at the heart of the story told in The Summer Before the WarThis one comes with my highest recommendation A solid five star read with a heart rending ending Hankie consumption will vary according to readerExtras SoundtrackRalph Vaughn Williams was older by ten years than Britains younger composers who served during the First World War He interrupted his musical career to serve in the Royal Army Medical Corps Here is his Symphony No 3 The Pastoral First performed in 1922 the Symphony was considered a remembrance for those who died in service during the warIvor Gurney was not only a composer but also a poet Gurney served on the Western front beginning in 1915 After being shot and gassed and made a prisoner of war he ultimately was returned to England Here are three of his most famous war songs composed in the trenches while under fire Blood of Heroes Presentation with In Flanders and Severn Meadows performancesGustav Holst who will forever be remembered for The Planets best known composition for the Great War is Ode to Death It has always been held to have been underperformed However you can listen to it Here It will move you as will each of these piecesAnd one final note What is an exaltation of larks It is a poetic comment on the climb of the skylark high into the sky while uttering its twittering song As I used it in the title to this review it represents the resilient human spirit to endure the withering and winnowing of life particularly of the young which always survives and resurges to carry forward the abundance of life even in the face of sorrowIt is fitting to return to Ralph Vaughn Williams Here is The Lark Ascending

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Read ☆ The Summer Before the War 100 Foreign Office and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything And Agatha has immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books it is clear she is significantly freethinking and attractive than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be For her pa. It s sometimes easier to manage a war than a wife John continuedAlthough a bit long and a bit slow in story in the beginning I did thoroughly enjoy this book Already loved Major Pettigrew s Last stand and I loved this latest one of Helen Simonson too I started it in December and read some chapters almost every day during Xmas times and in the NewYear and looked forward to the continued reading It s a gentle story although about the war and it is a slow story with a number of memorable characters It s humorous sad emotional funny mildly critical it puts forward social injustice the position of women and it slowly grows and grows on you I just loved it

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Read ☆ The Summer Before the War 100 Rt mourning the death of her beloved father who has left her penniless Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye the perfect summer is about to end For despite Agatha's reassurances the unimaginable is coming Soon the limits of progress and the old ways will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to w. I felt that I must edit and add Somehow my first review did its Goodreads vaporizing act so I tiredly short formed the second Enthusiastic responses prompted me to reply in what became an addendum to the review so instead an expanded version for this wonderful book Couldn t put it down Excellent historical fiction historically accurate details I love Simonson s aesthetic dialogue setting dress class and social structure Many layered story wonderfully branched out from the village of Rye Sussex just before WWI and its beginning Time of great change Any knowledge of this period of British history will simply make this not a good story but a superb one A time of transition the character Daniel wants to be a poet living in London living a free life Bohemian characters a divorced man and wife both writers have moved to the country for a life free of scandal but the villagers are very conservative these artists are typical of those like writers Veronica Wolfe and Vita Sackville Hays artists Vanessa Bell and Augustus John who lived together in artist colonies like the Bloomsbury group with their flowing clothing Understanding these individuals helps to fully grasp the turmoil that Daniel and his family are up against in this most conservative era Women speaking up The Status uo turning their backs before the Great War turned their world upside down Beatrice Nash educated so well that she will teach Latin a MAN S subject is met with derision when she arrives in Rye Her author father has left her nearly destitute with his death and her small inheritance in a trust managed by controlling and unlikeable relatives It is through her eyes that we meet the townspeople cheer her alliances cringe at the prejudices and poverty and observe life in Rye I d seen complaints of too many characters subplots details after reading it I couldn t imagine howwhere Chock full of the classic British characters village life bias rigid social structure strong women behind the scenes who eventually would have to become visibly powerful with the war sly infighting some scandals The Summer Before the War is a bird s eye view of a moment in time captured before it was about to implode I adored the careful dialogue the note on Edwardian dress those tight narrow tubular long gowns worn with elaborate hats the description of tight stays of corsets and the horrified pointed remarks about needing no loose women an aside meant to denegrate the Bohemian artists who wore no corsets and did not dress up appropriately for teas and dinners with clothing changes every day As the villagers gentry and wealthier merchants organized f tes fundraisers and excited parades with a carnival air in support of homeless Belgians and then England s gathering troops the defense of their country is seen as the only honourable action The young doctor in training Hugh is enlisted by his prominent surgeon teacher to be at the Front in the medical corps Lucy the elder surgeon s daughter taunts those of the upper classes that they will not be affianced without a uniform and branded with a white feather instead As the homes of the gentry are emptied of their sons the first to enlist and take the toll of the largest number of British deaths of any group in WWI as history proves though the novel does not share the little village of Rye is on the cusp of immense social change We the readers watch as the predictable patterns of the timeless Rye are about to be blurred beyond its people s recognition I loved the characters Shed a few tears which surprised me The novel saturated my senses transported me Truly a treat for lovers of well researched and character filled historical fiction I had hesitated to read it because the reviews were so mixed SO happy that I did a real pleasure 500 stars


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    characters The Summer Before the War Helen Simonson ☆ 0 Summary [E–pub New] (The Summer Before the War) AUTHOR Helen Simonson I loved this book Written by the author of Major Pettigrew it takes place in Rye a small town in East Sussex in the summer of 1914 before the start of WWI The sweet innocence of the times is brought to life when Beatrice Nash arrives to teach Latin to the students of Rye Beatrice is a well educated woman who must make it on her own after the death of her academic father She struggles against the strictures o

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    [E–pub New] (The Summer Before the War) AUTHOR Helen Simonson What a lovely book The Summer before the War written by Helen Simonson is a charming love story set in 1914 East Essex England Reminiscent of Jane Austen the romance that develops between Surgeon Hugh Grange and visiting Latin teacher Beatrice Nash is delightful To the heart of this novel are women’s issues of euality

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    [E–pub New] (The Summer Before the War) AUTHOR Helen Simonson I absolutely adored this novel Helen Simonsen is a gifted and erudite writer who has penned an intelligent period story set in the summer before the first world war The narrative is rich in historical detail gentle wit and laugh out loud humour The pace is slow to take in the in depth observations of the characters their development and captu

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