March 2, 2016

Anticipation: new fiction edition





From the publisher:
East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.
      When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.
      But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

Coming out later this month, and by the author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, which I remember enjoying very much, and it sounds even better than I remembered.  I'm lucky enough to read it early, thanks to Netgalley, and there's also a giveaway here.




4 comments:

Nan said...

I'm really looking forward to this. I feared she wasn't going to write another book.

Frances said...

I'm reading early also. Hoping it does not disappoint. I can work these things up so much in my head sometimes that it is hard to live up to my own bookish hype... :)

Audrey said...

I know the feeling! But maybe she runs into Mr. James! (was he still living in Rye in 1914?)

Mac n' Janet said...

I too enjoyed Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, so I will keep my eye out for this one.