Review: The Summer Before the War

Available March 22nd : The Summer Before the War

****4/5 stars-loved it

From the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, a charming novel about a coastal English village on the cusp of great change at the dawn of Great War.

Recommended readers:

  • readers of WWI fiction
  • anglophiles

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 characters
  • 4/5 plot
  • 4/5 overall


Beatrice Nash is orphaned, penniless, and prettier than she ought to be for a spinster about to take over Latin instruction at a village school on the English Coast.  Together with well-written characters from village matriarchs to Belgian refugees, gypsies, precocious young boys, and eligible young men, Beatrice weathers the storm in that ambigious moment of sea change in British culture: the Great War. Told with charm and that famous British wit, The Summer Before the War is a novel about the social conventions of Edwardian England and the moment they began to break apart.


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