On the eve of World War I, Beatrice Nash secures a job as the Latin teacher in the Sussex town of Rye. As a child, Beatrice traveled the world with her father, who was a professor and writer. Following his recent death, she now has to make her own way in the world. Local resident Agatha Kent, who helped Beatrice obtain the position, takes her under her wing. Agatha is aunt to Hugh Grange (who is training to be a doctor) and his cousin, Daniel Bookham (a poet). The Summer Before the War follows these four characters and the villagers as the war changes their lives forever. Another memorable read from Simonson, although at times the book was very leisurely-paced. It will be published in March.
I'm a librarian with a background in Reader's Advisory who left librarianship for domestic...uh...bliss.
From 1992-2003 I worked at the Downers Grove (IL) Public Library. I served on YALSA's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (1998-2000, chair 2000) and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2001-2003, chair 2002). I wrote the article "Zap! Woosh! Kerplow! Build High Quality Graphic Novel Collections With Impact" (School Library Journal, January 1997). I am a substitute Reference Librarian at the Indian Prairie Public Library.