The Summer Before the Storm

by Gabriele Wills

In Brief

It’s the Age of Elegance in the summer playground of the affluent and powerful. Amid the island-dotted lakes of the Canadian wilderness, the young and carefree amuse themselves with glittering balls and friendly competitions. The summer of 1914 promises to be different when the ambitious son of a disowned heir joins his wealthy family on Wyndwood Island. Through his introduction into the privileged life of the aristocratic Wyndhams and their social circle, he seeks opportunities and alliances to better himself, including in his schemes, his beautiful and audacious cousin, Victoria. But their charmed lives begin to unravel with the onset of the Great War, in which many are destined to become part of the lost generation. This richly textured tale takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from romantic moonlight cruises to the horrific sinking of the Lusitania, from regattas on the water to combat in the skies over France, from extravagant mansions to deadly trenches - from innocence to nationhood.

Why you should read it

Through engaging, unforgettable characters and compelling story lines, this highly acclaimed saga brings a bygone era vividly to life. It's a tale of love, intrigue, and betrayal set in a tumultuous time of unprecedented war. Meticulously researched, beautifully written, it captures the hearts and imaginations of readers. The Muskoka Chautauqua selected The Summer Before the Storm for their esteemed Reading List for 2010.

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