The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book is what the World War I season of Downton Abbey should have been but wasn't. A bumpy, occasionally meandering but engaging and fun plot, some drama (both romantic and otherwise), two different sets of homosexuals (perhaps they would have been called "uranians" in 1914?), a multitude of posh characters who did and said things that were completely television ready. Simonson's book isn't high literature and it's fluff - or perhaps it is marshmallow fluff, only name brand fluff rather than generic fluff. Great fun regardless; I was a happy reader.
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