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I love to read. I am very eclectic in my reading but I especially enjoy erotica and erotic romance. I also like movies, live theater and concerts, hockey, and counted cross-stitch.

THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR by Helen Simonson

The Summer Before the War: A Novel - Helen Simonson
Good story of how life was simple before WWI in a small English village of Rye then the war came and secrets came out and life became messy and complicated as the villagers try to maintain a semblance of life before the war.
 
I enjoyed this book.  I loved Beatrice and Hugh and was so glad that Hugh made the decision he did.  I'm also glad that Beatrice did not scare easily.  Some of the characters were the stereotypes we expect in a small village.  Others were not, I was glad to see.  I am glad that Celeste's story finally came out in the end.  Agatha was an interesting character and I'm glad that Beatrice questioned her actions at times.  Agatha needed to look at herself and finally let go of the expectations of her position as did the Wheatons, which, again, does happen at the end with Harry.
 
A good read that I got into.