Comfy reads

summerLooking out the window at the April (snow) showers, one is reminded how pleasant it can be to have a good read to turn to at the end of the day.   “The Summer before the War” (print and CD) by Helen Simonson is her follow-up to the popular “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.”  The heroine, Beatrice Nash, is bound  a job teaching Latin at a village grammar school–a breach in tradition that sets tongues to wagging.  This “bright confection of a book” (Kirkus) might provide “a cure your Downton  withdrawal (Washington Post).”      “A Few of the Girls” by Maeve Binchy  is a collection of short stories  not  previously published in the U.S.  They chart the “dynamics of romance and the politics of family”.  Binchy’s “unique voice is reminiscent of a letter from an old friend (Library Journal)”

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