Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Summer Before the War / Helen Simonson / 479 pages

It is 1914 and the peaceful English countryside and peace-loving British are about to be irreparably changed by war.  Hugh Grange's uncle, working in the foreign office, did everything in his power to forestall the war, but the inevitable happened.  Hugh enlists to continue his studies in surgery along with his cousin, Daniel, of somewhat dubious reputations, and various countrymen.  They leave behind the new Latin teacher, Beatrice Nash, whose beauty and somewhat modern thinking has stirred controversy.  This engaging story of a world at war, shifting paradigms, and love during conflict is perhaps a bit slow in the beginning, perhaps to mimic the slow passage of time during peace.

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