Friday, April 27, 2018

Review: The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very charming story. It takes place in England in the village of Chilbury in 1940, when the war was just beginning. There were very few men left in the village as the majority have gone in the army and are off fighting.

The story is written in the form of epistolary through written letters and diary entries. I love this form of novel as it always feels like you get much closer to each character due to reading their private correspondence and journals.

One bright spot in their lives is their choir but the vicar decides to close it until the men return. But with the help of a newcomer to the village the choir is reborn and the it is a bit of happiness for the women of the village to come together in song.

The choir is only a backdrop to the trials and tribulations of the villagers including being bombed, midwives switching babies and lovers going missing.

It was lovely to visit a time when things were more gentle and polite, when people aren't looking at their cell phones and rushing around.

An excellent read.

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