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This month MoM members could WIN 1 of 20 copies of The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson.

East Sussex, 1914. It’s the end of an idyllic summer and Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha in the pretty coastal town of Rye. Casting aside the recent sabre rattling over the Balkans, 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, it is clear she is significantly more free thinking—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 colourful characters that populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon, everything will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

The Summer Before the War RRP:  $32.99  

Available now where all good books are sold.

Please note this competition is open from 16th March 2016 until 17th April 2016 and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. This competition is a game of skill – answer in 50 words or less. We are unable to accept entries posted via facebook. Facebook LIKE functionality is not a requirement of entry to this competition. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile. Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

Winners for this competition

  1. M. Richards - VIC
  2. N. Smede - NSW
  3. B. Stimson - VIC
  4. L. Conroy - QLD
  5. M. Marko - QLD
  6. L. Taylor - VIC
  7. A. Bardsley - VIC
  8. M. Pennisi - NSW
  9. K. Curtis - WA
  10. S. Connelly - VIC
  11. M. Lloyd - QLD
  12. C. Schleyer - SA
  13. M. Henneker - SA
  14. S. HEALES - WA
  15. T. Lamb - NT
  16. L. Wellings - VIC
  17. A. Vallas - VIC
  18. P. George - NSW
  19. E. Hubbard - VIC
  20. C. Logue - SA
  • I love reading historical fiction, particularly as there is no ” technology” to get in the way of a good story premise.


  • My parents would love this. They just bought the replica medals from my Great Grandparents for each of us kids to wear in honour.


  • To hide away and have some time to read would be an exciting adventure in my house… :)


  • For a little ‘Me’ time to escape the daily hectic everyday life.


  • I love to read new and exciting storylines. This sounds like it would take me to a time I have never known before, and transport me away from my current life


  • I have finally got my daughter in a semi-decent sleep routine, giving me a couple of hours to myself at night. I would love to dive in and lose myself in a great book and Beatrice sounds like a character I could come to like.


  • My mother-in-law loves to read while she’s on holidays. She’s going away in July and I think this would be perfect for her


  • The Summer Before the War sounds like the perfect world to escape into on my uni holidays, before I go back to reading only journal articles and essays.


  • I loved Helen Simonson’s previous book ‘Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand’. It evoked a wonderful picture of life in an idyllic English village, full of interesting and lovable characters and their enthralling, page turning adventures. I cannot wait to lose myself in yet another of Simonson’s literary gems!


  • this book sounds like it has all the ups and down of a great book id love to read.


  • Just love novels that are set in England in the early 1900’s. Reading about life’s difficulties and achievements of years gone by. My husband grew up in Sussex fifty years after the setting in this novel, but descriptions of the landscape would be wonderfully reminiscent.


  • I love to read different things! Sounds like an intriguing read which is why I would like to win a copy!


  • I love to read about all things to do with the war


  • My favourite reading is historical drama and how people coped in the great wars so I would like to read The Summer Before the War.


  • its coming towards winter and I need something to keep the cold away


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